Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that Maui County will distribute at no charge a few thousand BinaxNOW self-test kits beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, while supplies last, at the War Memorial Gymnasium parking lot in Wailuku. A few hundred kits will also be provided to Molokai and Lanai residents at a later date.
One test kit will be provided for each vehicle driving through the distribution site.
“We ordered these take-home test kits in anticipation of another outbreak of COVID-19, and this distribution is aimed at providing our residents with a fast and easy way to see if they have the virus and need to isolate at home,” Mayor Victorino said. “The Omicron variant is highly contagious, and we need everyone’s help to identify positive cases early and slow the spread of the virus.”
Testing is recommended for anyone who might have flu-like symptoms of COVID-19; those who have been in contact with an infected person; or those who traveled off-island recently. Check with a local pharmacy on the availability of at-home test kits or visit www.mauinuistrong.info for a nearby test site or vaccination clinic.
Residents can help protect the community’s health and safety by wearing facial coverings, watching physical distancing from those outside your household, avoiding large gatherings, staying home when not feeling well and washing hands frequently.
Booster shots are more than an added layer of protection against the virus. The boosters increase antibodies by about 10 times and help the body build immunity. Those with greater immunity are less likely to get the virus. If they do, then they more likely to have mild symptoms.
For more information on COVID-19 in Hawaii, visit hawaiicovid19.com