National Guard members begin screening passengers at some Hawaii airports

Updated: Apr. 6, 2020 at 8:32 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some 250 Hawaii National Guard members are now helping with medical screening of passengers at two Hawaii airports in the fight against COVID-19.

The screenings began Monday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Hilo International Airport.

Officials said guardsmen are located at passenger arrival gates and security checkpoints. They will provide additional help to the Hawaii Department of Transportation in taking temperatures of arriving flights as well as departing inter-island passengers.

Guardsmen will not be armed, officials added.

Similar screening efforts will begin soon at the Lihue and Kahului airports, though no specific date has been announced.

Gov. David Ige and Incident Commander Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara partially activated a portion of the Hawaii National Guard on Friday.

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