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Thousands of people, including University of Hawaiʻi students and employees, took advantage of the opportunity to do a COVID-19 self-administered nasal swab test (PDF) on Sunday, August 30, on UH Mānoa’s McCarthy Mall and at a drive-thru center on the UH West Oʻahu campus.

The free testing was part of the 14-day initiative of “surge testing” by the City and County of Honolulu, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General.

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UH President David Lassner administers his nasal swab test

“The entire process went quite smoothly and was very organized,” said Debbie Kutara, UH licensing administrator, who signed up to get a test on the UH Mānoa campus. “My appointment time was at 9:10 a.m. and I got through pretty efficiently. Everyone wore masks, and a police officer was marking off the social distancing spacing.”

The federal government is providing the tests and covering all associated costs with the goal of completing 70,000 tests over 14 days.

For a full list of testing sites and to learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit the Do I Need a COVID-19 Test? website.

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Drive thru testing at UH West Oʻahu