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<br /> <br />Roy Takemoto <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy., Bldg C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br /> <br />March 21, 2020 <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />Drive-Through, Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Coming To Kona <br />A pop-up testing clinic for COVID-19 will be set up at the Old Kona Airport Park on Monday, <br />March 23. The County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force has teamed up with Premier Medical <br />Group and HOPE Services to offer the clinic, with the support of The Ironman World <br />Championship and Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation. <br />The one-day clinic will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This clinic is open to the public; <br />however, individuals must first undergo a screening to determine if they meet the criteria to be <br />tested. Clinic physicians on site will make the determination regarding testing. The screening <br />criteria will be based on guidance of the CDC and the State’s COVID-19 Response Task Force. <br /> “The fact is, we need to screen to know where the disease is. That’s the key,” said Dr. Scott <br />Miscovich, president and founder of Premier Medical Group Hawai‘i. <br />Dry cough and fever are the most common symptoms of COVID-19, but the disease is also <br />known to cause other upper respiratory symptoms, and in some cases, none at all. Other <br />factors that will determine eligibility for testing include travel history, frequency of exposure to <br />visitors from outside Hawai`i, and frequency of exposure to vulnerable or high-risk populations. <br />People who visit the screening clinic will be asked to show photo ID. Additionally, people are <br />requested to bring any health insurance cards they have, although insurance is not required. <br />Miscovich, who serves as senior advisor to Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, said that the hope <br />is to provide enough COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites as needed. The goal is to hold pop-up <br />clinics in rural areas of the island to provide the critical support that is needed. <br />The belief among State leaders, including Lt. Governor Josh Green, is that increased <br />screenings will slow the spread in Hawai‘i. “To beat this, the key is to screen, screen, screen,” <br />Miscovich said. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br /> <br />