CAR Score now 2.1; Guam now a 'Trusted Travel Partner'



By Troy Torres

troy@kanditnews.com


For the fourth day in a row, the COVID Area Risk (CAR) Score has fallen and been sustained below 5.0. The CAR Score now is at 2.1.


The number and rate of new infections also is plummeting. According to the Joint Information Center, out of 806 tests for Coronavirus, 22 came back positive. The number of active cases also dropped again, to 800.


Guam Now a Trusted Travel Partner in State of Hawai'i

DPHSS has signed an agreement with the State of Hawai’i Department of Health designating Guam as a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner. The agreement, entered into on November 20, 2020, establishes that travelers who obtain a negative COVID-19 test result from one of 13 Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified testing locations on Guam be allowed to bypass the State of Hawai’i’s mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Hawai’i requires all travelers ages five (5) and older take the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a CLIA lab and will only accept test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner. Tests must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the flight departure time. CLIA certified labs on Guam must fill out in typewritten format the State of Hawai’i Safe Travels Program Trusted Testing Partner COVID-19 Test Result Reporting Form to report results.

All travelers must have a negative test result from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner prior to departure. This means the traveler must upload their test result in PDF to an established account at ​travel.hawaii.gov​ prior to departure. Alternatively, if the traveler is having difficulty uploading, they may print a hard copy of the negative test result. A hard copy in hand is recommended.

If your result returns positive before you travel, DO NOT TRAVEL. Self-isolate and wait for DPHSS to contact you for further instructions. If your result returns positive while en route to Hawai’i, immediately inform an airline or airport representative. You will be required to self-isolate until cleared by the Hawai’i Department of Health.