About 75 people were tested Monday for COVID-19 in the drive-thru testing site at the War Memorial Gym parking lot, according to the Maui District Health Office.
Those who were tested were screened over the phone for eligibility and given an appointment.
County officials say screening and testing will continue based on the number of test kits available.
“We really want to thank the Maui District Health Office, Kaiser Clinics and Maui Health Systems,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “They have done an incredible job coordinating and executing this testing site for our community. I also want to thank the public for their assistance and remaining calm through these difficult times.”
“People with respiratory flu-like symptoms, who want to be tested must call to make an appointment,” a Monday release read. “The testing site will not accept anyone who has not made an appointment.”
The mission of the drive-through testing is to minimize stress on resources and personnel at Maui Memorial. People who need urgent medical attention should call their primary care provider or go to Maui Memorial (call ahead, if possible), which may screen and test patients, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.
To make an appointment, call (808) 270-7228. Calls will be answered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If the phone line is busy or there’s no answer, do not leave a voicemail. Call alternate phone numbers:
- (808) 500-8118
- (808) 500-8117
- (808) 500-8120
People who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms should stay at home and self-quarantine in order to prevent the spread of disease. Self-monitoring and social distancing are encouraged.
The test for coronavirus involves taking a swab from the patient’s throat or nose. Samples will be sent to the mainland, with results available in about three days.
People who are tested will receive instructions on what to do while waiting for test results.
Officials say most people recover from COVID-19 at home without medical care. However, testing does provide information to health officials on preventing further spread of the disease in the community.
The testing is a joint effort by the Maui District Health Office; Kaiser Clinics; County of Maui; and Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Health Systems.