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To keep up with high demand, city opens new COVID testing site at Waikiki Shell

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 3:02 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city opened a new mass testing site Wednesday at the Waikiki Shell amid high demand for tests among residents and visitors.

The city teamed up with Nomi Health to open the walk-up clinic at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell.

The clinic will be open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People seeking a test at this site will have the option of taking the Binax Now or CareStart rapid antigen test ― with results ready in an hour.

PCR nasal swabs with results ready in 24 to 48 hours will also be available.

And all the tests are free.

Online appointments and pre-registration is required and can be requested by clicking here or by calling 808-207-5459.

“I think the location is great, especially for a walk-up location,” said Ailana Meyer, the Nomi Health Field operations director. “Because of that area, a lot of people are already outdoors.

“And so that was key to our operations, especially catering to the local residents that are coming by who are using nearby activities or facilities.”

Toni Alexis is visiting from Los Angeles, and stopped by the testing site Wednesday. Even though she is vaccinated, she said she wanted to get tested on the islands just in case.

“We just wanted to do our part,” Alexis said.

Freddie Soto, visiting from California, said he is partially vaccinated.

He expects to come to the site a few times during his trip so he can get into restaurants under the Safe Access Oahu program, which requires customers to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.

“It’s down the street from the hotel,” Soto said. “It’s pretty convenient.”

According to Nomi Health, the Blaisdell testing site has been administering well over 500 tests a day. They hope the new location will help the city keep up with the demand.

“That’s why we’re trying to open more pop up sites throughout the state and throughout the island,” said Meyer. “Just so that we can cater to all the different communities.”

Free parking for the site is available at Kapiolani Park fronting the shell.

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