Man must return to Los Angeles after Hawaii rejects his Covid-19 trial at Mayo Clinic

Gary Leff at 13. February 2021.

Hawaii requires a negative Covid 19 test to avoid a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. But the procedure is cumbersome, error prone and anything but transparent. Some airlines, and now CLEAR, offer a pre-certification service to avoid denying a passenger to Hawaii despite a valid negative test, but who knows? Even that might not work.

A family had to separate from their spouse, who crossed the ocean to return to Los Angeles for a retrial after Hawaii rejected the famous Mayo Clinic’s negative evaluation of Covid 19.

We’ve had a very busy year, Joan said. There are many deaths in my family, including my 50-year-old sister and my father.

The journey became a nightmare, with more questions than answers.

My COVID-19 test came from Walgreen’s lab, where I sat in my car and took a nasal swab, and Hawaii accepted it, Joan said. My husband’s test was done in the hospital by a registered nurse, but he was rejected because he could not be trusted.

Since the family arrived in Hawaii too late to catch the new plane to Los Angeles, he slept in the car his wife had rented and left at 5 in the morning. He expects to come back with a pharmacy test for Valentine’s Day, but Hawaii’s trusted lab program just doesn’t make sense when they reject the Mayo Clinic results.

  • Hawaii does not offer an arrival test, although in many cases an express test is available.
  • The state publishes a list of trusted partners on its website, but not all. For example, for example… B. Partner (e.g., a test conducted by an American Airlines partner) accepted without a list. It is almost impossible to know with certainty in advance whether the test is actually acceptable.
  • PCR tests from the world’s most prestigious hospitals are rejected if they are not on the list, although rapid partner antigen tests are considered valid.

The government dismissed tests it had previously conducted on the same passengers, falsely rejecting perfectly valid tests and telling the family they had to remain in quarantine for two weeks despite the negative test result. (The state made good on its mistake – after the family landed in California).

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