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Q: Is Maui Memorial Medical Center a COVID-19 testing site? How can I get tested?

While Maui Memorial tests all patients admitted to the hospital or Emergency Department for COVID-19, it is not a public testing site. That means that all of our facilities which include Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic, and Lana'i Community Hospital, are not walk-in or drive-up community testing sites. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19 in Maui County, you still have many different options.

Start by calling your primary care physician and letting them know you want to be tested. You can qualify for a test if you have traveled outside the state of Hawaii, if you’ve had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. These can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, chills, body aches, headache, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell. Discuss your symptoms and possible exposure with your doctor, and they can refer you for testing if you qualify.

If you don’t have a primary care physician, contact one of the testing sites on Maui, Molokai or Lanai (a list is available at covid19mauinui.com/testing), or pre-register for drive-through testing with Minit Medical at minitmed.com.

When you go to get tested, bring photo identification, insurance card if you have one, and a face mask. In most cases, someone will contact you with your results within one to three days, but before you leave the testing, ask them when you should expect to receive your results. Once you get tested, you should remain quarantined and avoid close contact with your household members until you receive your test results.

Please also remember that testing negative does not mean that you are completely safe from contracting or spreading the virus. There have been patients that originally tested negative and later tested positive. For this reason, please continue to monitor your symptoms if you have them, and most importantly, continue to be a responsible community member. Wear your mask whenever you're out in public or in your office, practice safe social distancing, careful hand hygiene, and frequent disinfection of your home and work areas, and avoid any gatherings (large or small) in which you would be engaging in close contact with anyone outside of your immediate household. It may also be necessary to be tested again if you have repeated exposure or continued or new symptoms.

Lee R. Weiss, MD

Emergency medicine

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