The state of Hawaii’s COVID 19 website has just been updated to reflect changes preparatory to reopening next week. Here’s where it stands as of today and what’s up with testing companies and the airline partners both. Also read on for apparent Hawaii approval for Abbott IDNow rapid test, which many of you have been asking about. We’re sorry to say this still isn’t all that clear, although more information is coming out each day.
Below is the list of trusted partners from the state, which does not include the airlines themselves.
AFC Urgent Care – COVID-19 tests are available at clinics on the AFC Urgent Care website. Schedule in advance to guarantee appointment availability. A printed version of results is provided prior to leaving the clinic. Information and costs can be found at afcurgentcareportland.com/traveling-hawaii.
Carbon Health – Carbon Health offers IDNow COVID-19 tests at dedicated testing sites with results delivered within two hours. Registration instructions and costs can be found at carbonhealth.com/alaska-airlines-to-hawaii-rapid-covid-testing. “Carbon Health utilizes the Abbott ID NOW rapid test, which meets the requirements of the State of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program.” That according to the Alaska Airlines website. You need to reserve your appointment a minimum of 72 hours before your flight. Carbon Health can test infants as young as Hawaii’s minimum test age requirement of 5 years.
CityHealth Urgent Care – CityHealth Urgent Care and its team of expert clinical staff and infectious disease physician consultants offer testing utilizing state-of-the-art Abbott Lab instrumentation for results in 15 minutes. Information and costs can be found at bayareacovid19testing.com.
Color Genomics. Color announced the first COVID-19 testing program in partnership with United Airlines. Information can be found at color.com/united-airlines-testing-program. Testing is available in San Francisco, Alameda County, and Marin County.
CVS Health. Starting October 10, travelers may schedule an appointment up to two days in the future at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. Pre-registration is required. Registration instructions and costs can be found at cvs.com/selfpaytesting.
Discovery Health MD. Starting October 12, travelers to Hawaii may schedule testing online with the same and next day results at designated testing sites, currently only in Seattle. A limited number of walk-ups can be accommodated. Information can be found at discoveryhealthmd.com/covid-19-services/test-to-fly.
Kaiser Permanente. Members-only can schedule a test online, or contact the appointment call center or nurse advice line in their home region for further instructions. Kaiser Permanente members returning home to Hawaii may call the Away-from-Home Travel Line at 951-268-3900 for scheduling instructions. Information can be found at kp.org/travel.
Quest Diagnostics. Tests can be ordered and scheduled via the company’s COVID-19 Active Infection Test online by selecting from more than 500 Walmart drive-thru pharmacy locations offering a nasal swab test. Instructions and costs can be found at questcovid19.com/hawaii.
Vault Health. At-home tests with a real-time Zoom based supervisor are available with Vault Health. They are offering the first FDA-authorized saliva test. Vault says that tests are mailed with accurate results “after 48-72 hours of testing.” Information and costs can be found at learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-hawaii.
Walgreens. Testing is available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet CDC criteria. We aren’t sure what that even means in relation to Hawaii travel. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles. Appointment required. Information can be found at walgreens.com/covid19testing.
Airlines and Hawaii COVID tests.
The airlines are not offering testing themselves but are developing specific partnerships for their passengers flying to Hawaii.
Alaska Airlines. Testing available in Seattle through Carbon Health, and approved by the State of Hawaii according to their website (link above).
American Airlines. Its Hawaii testing approval appears to still be in process. The airline plans to begin preflight testing at its DFW hub for customers traveling to Hawaii, “in partnership with LetsGetChecked, CareNow, and the DFW Airport.” Those partners are not currently listed as approved by the State of Hawaii. The company still plans at-home test from LetsGetChecked, with results expected in 48 hours on average, in-person testing at CareNow locations, and onsite rapid testing by CareNow, at DFW.
Hawaiian Airlines. The company plans to offer testing “in partnership with Worksite Labs for a cost of $90 per person with results guaranteed within 36 hours at LAX. They will also offer day-of-travel express service for $150 per person.
We don’t see a confirmed date for these to begin, although Hawaiian says, “SFO and LAX opening October 2020; other airports will be announced. Check back soon for more information.”
Worksite Labs is not currently listed as an approved partner by the State of Hawaii. Obviously, there is some misinformation there, as Hawaiian testing was specifically mentioned at the most recent press conference.
Southwest Airlines. Previously listed by the state of Hawaii as a partner but as of today, we still are unable to find any information about their testing.
United Airlines. United is partnered with Color Genomics, which is offering testing only in the Bay Area at this time.