Even before Hawaii’s stay-at-home mandate took place, 19-year-old Siena Swift decided to keep to her room after returning home from Pomona College in California, just in case she was carrying the coronavirus. It turned out to be the right decision — she started to feel feverish about one week after she arrived home.
But wait times for a COVID-19 result are now exceeding two weeks. The private laboratories have had to rely on sister facilities on the mainland to test specimens sent from Hawaii. Collection, shipment, and testing resource shortages likely contribute to the wait times.
On Friday, during the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 meeting, lawmakers expressed frustration about still not knowing the results of their colleagues’ COVID-19 tests, which were conducted 10 days ago.
The tests were conducted after Sen. Clarence Nishihara was diagnosed with the coronavirus.