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The last three weeks of widespread testing for the coronavirus on Oahu has given city and public health officials confidence that while the virus is still spreading it’s confined to specific populations and neighborhoods rather than being everywhere on the island.
That’s good news because, health officials say, they can target these hot spots with extra testing and better keep the virus in check.
The surge testing program, which ended Monday, has resulted in 60,274 people getting tested as of Monday afternoon, according to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
All told, 92,000 tests were allocated for the program, which is different in that residents were encouraged to get tested for free regardless of if they have symptoms or any known exposures to people infected with the virus.
As of Sunday, 0.6% of surge tests had returned positive during the prior week. By nearly every measure, this marks a favorably low seven-day positivity rate for community surveillance — a meaningful guidepost in the fight to contain the virus’ spread, which infected more people in August than the previous five months combined.
The federal surge testing drive was free and available to everyone, regardless of symptoms, travel history or exposure to someone who tested positive …
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