Drive-through screening and testing clinics for COVID-19 will held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday at Old Kona Airport Park and at the same time Saturday at Kamakoa Nui Park in Waikoloa.
The free clinics — conducted by Premier Medical Group with support of the county, Hope Services and Hawaii National Guard — are open to the public; however, individuals must first undergo a screening to determine if they meet the criteria to be tested. Clinic physicians on site will make the determination regarding testing.
The screening criteria will be based on guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.
People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID. Additionally, people are requested to bring their own pen, and any health insurance cards they have, although insurance is not required.
In additon, antibody testing will also be available to those previously identified as having had the coronavirus, or those with high risk exposures, including healthcare workers, first responders, and family members or those with close contact to known positives.
A simple blood draw detects the presence of the virus’ antibodies in your system.
There is a $43 out-of-pocket cost to people whose medical insurance plans don’t cover the antibody test. Call your insurance provider to find out if you’re covered.
For further information, call Premier Medical Group at 808-304-9745 or Hawaii County Civil Defense at 935-0031.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald