Author Topic: Covid 19 test for Hawaii travel.  (Read 935 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline daedalus

  • O.C. Resident
  • ***
  • Thanks
  • -Given: 236
  • -Received: 261
  • Posts: 924
Re: Covid 19 test for Hawaii travel.
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2021, 12:45:16 AM »
We pay $90 for rapid covid tests locally for employee testing, so I wouldn't call that fee a scam just based on the amount.

Yes, we could send people to the free county programs, but speed is our concern. It is a business decision to have results reliably.

Imagine if you paid $90 a head and had to change your plans and lose money every time you didn't get the results in a timely fashion?  And what if the results were late often, and you could get better service for 90% less but state law mandated you stick with your provider?

I take back what I said about it being the airline that made the requirement.  They're just a reluctant participant in the overall system.  It's actually the state, which is probably worse.  My wife took care of the research and booking, and at the time there were very few providers available anywhere near us.  Walgreens would have been welcome; there's 1 even closer now than where we went.  Like I said, things were changing weekly and the state really dropped the ball on the whole pandemic, but that's a rant for another thread.  We had to drive 2 towns over to some fly by night operation working out of a 40 foot shipping container parked in an abandoned strip mall.  It seemed the workers were all minimum wage lackeys with maybe 1 RN on site.  They couldn't find our paperwork and were rude the entire time.  It was a scam because for $90/head I expect something above a dollar store cashier attitude, plus some level of competency, and also because the state was acting as the gatekeeper for what even then was a pretty ubiquitous test.  How the fvck in this day and age does anyone take the time and money to implement a draconian system that includes qualifying "COVID testing partners", where the only acceptable test result is from a hardcopy test report?  JFC!  Technology much?

The following member(s) thanked this post:


Offline DrTravel

  • Yearning for 949 / 714
  • **
  • Thanks
  • -Given: 31
  • -Received: 137
  • Posts: 307
  • Factual and civil
Re: Covid 19 test for Hawaii travel.
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2021, 10:32:02 AM »
I don't mind that Hawaii requires a specific type of Covid-19 test - I'm a big fan of having everyone on my plane be tested, but to restrict who can provide the test is too much. The City of Irvine has a free one day turnaround test that is NAAT compliant but because they chose not to apply to Hawaii, they are not on the approved list, so I can't use them. The test is good but not the site. Really?? I wonder what kind of kickback is going on with these approved sites which of course can charge a higher premium.

Another big problem I have with them is the 72 hour rule instead of a 3 day rule. My flight leaves at 6 PM on Friday which means I can get tested no earlier than 6 PM on Tuesday, but test sites and/or overnight deliveries are not available after 5 PM so essentially I have to wait until first thing Wednesday morning which just took 16 hours off my time table. A 3 day window would have allowed testing all day on Tuesday.

Walgreens is on the approved list and the process for their PCR test would be as follows: I would have to schedule a drive-thru test Wednesday morning, the courier would pick up the test in the afternoon and it would be delivered the next day to their laboratory partners. If it goes to Aegis Science they generally process the test the same day so I would have the results late Thursday, but no guarantee. If it goes to LabCore their processing time is listed 1-2 day after receipt. (edit: I believe LabCore labs are local so the swab would get delivered that night). Really tight and no guarantees - I would be at the airport praying my results arrive in time. The local Walgreens tells me the lab partner varies between each Walgreens so you need to check but that sometimes shipments get delayed. So it's possible that Walgreens would work but it's a risk. Funny Walgreens offers a Rapid Diagnostic test (ID NOW) with results in less than a day but not in California?! I can get this in Las Vegas. That would be perfect.

American Airlines (my flight) uses "Let's Get Checked" for $119 as a "service" to their customers. They mail you an at-home self-testing kit so you get on Zoom and they make sure you do the test correctly at a set time and that you are actually you! Unfortunately you must return the test to them via UPS which has the latest drop off around 5 PM. So I could take the test Tuesday night, have UPS get it on Wednesday, delivered to the lab on Thursday and then they process it 1-3 days. That's too risky so not an option. Good to see that American is on top of things! Hawaiian Airlines has a better at the airport solution, but it is restricted to their customers only leaving from that airport.

So I'm stuck using a Rapid Diagnostic testing site on Hawaii's approved list. There are two of those locally - one is AFC Urgent care in Lake Forest - they do the test in a few hours and charge $250 per person with no insurance options. The City of Irvine free test is the same BUT they are not on that damn approved list! The other choice is Clarity Lab at LAX - they give results in 3-5 hours and charge $125 with no insurance options. The Hoag testing site at OC Airport is not an approved test nor site.

So back to my gripe - there are only two Rapid Diagnostic testing options in SoCal on Hawaii's approved list. All the other options that require more than a day have timing issues - you may get your result in time, you may not. The Hawaii list of approved sites even warn passengers about timing concerns, so why are they even approved? Without your results, you ain't getting on the plane. I like the idea of testing but Hawaii is hell bent on making it as stressful as possible. Only two Rapid Test sites in all of SoCal!!

Looks like I'm getting tested at LAX...
« Last Edit: March 30, 2021, 11:30:44 AM by DrTravel »
Do ordinary things extraordinarily well.

The following member(s) thanked this post:


Offline daedalus

  • O.C. Resident
  • ***
  • Thanks
  • -Given: 236
  • -Received: 261
  • Posts: 924
Re: Covid 19 test for Hawaii travel.
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2021, 07:37:57 PM »
I'm a big fan of having everyone on my plane be tested
Not necessarily the case.  I know I wasn't tested the couple times I went during COVID.  There are people who don't plan to go anywhere, and then there are people who don't give a F about the mandatory self quarantine.

 

Talk Irvine Links

[Recent Posts]
[FAQ / Rules]

Site Supporters


SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal