Mayor Kirk Caldwell questions the validity of the state’s traveler surveillance testing program; Lt. Gov. Green defends it

mayor kirk caldwell questions the validity of the states traveler surveillance testing program lt gov green defends it

Sumary of Mayor Kirk Caldwell questions the validity of the state’s traveler surveillance testing program; Lt. Gov. Green defends it:

  • Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the state surveillance testing program is leaning too heavily on Hawaii island data and falling short of its goal to randomly test 10% of arriving visitors four days after arrival..
  • 15 allows travelers to Hawaii to bypass the state mandatory 14-day quarantine if they produce an approved negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the final leg of their trip..
  • But Caldwell said he was only willing to take “some risk in terms of health and safety of the population of Oahu because there was a guarantee, a promise made to all of the mayors, that the state would put in place a robust surveillance testing program.”.
  • Green, who spoke during a media briefing with Ige on Thursday, acknowledged that the bulk of the surveillance tests — some 15,931 out of 17,270 — have come from Hawaii island and were provided as part of Mayor Harry Kim mandatory post-arrival test..
  • But Caldwell questioned the usefulness of the Hawaii island tests, which he said include people arriving from airports where they got a pre-test immediately prior to departure….

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