KPHC is able to provide limited testing at our 915 N. King St. site, if we are unable to provide testing on-site, we can help facilitate testing at an alternate location.
There are two available testing options:
- PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
- Rapid antigen/home test kit
PCR is more sensitive and less likely to have false negatives or false positives compared to antigen testing. PCR testing cannot be done at home and results are usually available the next day. PCR testing is usually covered by insurance if you are being tested for symptoms or due to close contact with someone with Covid-19 such as a family member, friend, or co-worker. PCR is so sensitive that if you had a covid-19 infection, your PCR test may be positive for up to 3 months after, so if you had a confirmed Covid-19 infection within the last 3 months and are having new symptoms or had close contact, PCR testing may not be recommended, rapid antigen testing may be more useful to determine if you are currently infected or contagious.
Rapid antigen testing/home test kits are not quite as accurate as PCR. Rapid antigen testing has a slightly higher rate of false positives and false negatives but is still very useful. Most home test kits are rapid antigen tests. Results are usually available within 15 minutes. They can be a little tricky to use and not all test kits are the same, so be sure to review your kit’s instructions before testing.
KPHC may be able to provide you with free covid-19 home test kits. Home test kits can be an important part of how we live with Covid-19 and protect ourselves and those around us.
We recommend using your home test kits for the situations below
- Surveillance: If you work with the general public or in healthcare or retail, you are likely to encounter Covid positive people regularly. Consider testing weekly or more often, especially if you live with someone at high risk. If you were at a social event or recently traveled, do a home test on day 6 after your exposure or as soon as you start feeling any symptoms. Daily testing for 6 days may be a good idea to be safe
- Protection: Test before going to visit someone at high risk or if you know you will be around unvaccinated people. Test all of your family members together to ensure everyone is cleared to visit.
- Diagnosis: If you are starting to feel sick at all. Don’t blame it on allergies or “just a cold”. If you start feeling a scratchy throat, runny nose, sneezing, congested, having loss of taste or smell or muscle aches, feeling more tired than usual, having headaches or dizziness, or having diarrhea or vomiting, isolate yourself from the rest of your household and do a rapid home test now.
- If your test is negative, wear a mask around others and sleep separate from your family, use a separate bathroom if possible, and wash your hands well. If feeling fine in the morning, do another home test, if negative then all is good. Keep wearing a mask around others for 5 days, but no need to isolate.
- If your second home test is negative but you are still not feeling good, stay home, call us for a telemedicine appointment, or schedule to come in for PCR testing.
- If you had a high-risk exposure, such as a tinder date that turned out to be positive, or your kid who sleeps in your bed turned up positive, do daily home testing then a PCR or final home test on day 6 after your last close contact.
- If your home test is positive, isolate yourself away from others in your home and call your PCP or call us to schedule a telehealth visit with a medical provider to discuss possible treatment options.
- Clearance: If you are covid positive, you must isolate for at least 5 days. On day 6, even if you are feeling better, do a home test. if still positive, stay in isolation and test every 1-2 days then can leave isolation when your rapid test is negative or after 10 days, whichever comes first. Check with your employer or school policies on when you can return to work, school or other activities.
Before coming in the KPHC, If you are feeling sick or if you have been exposed to someone who is sick or suspected of having Covid-19, please call ahead at 381-7009. If you are unable to call, please notify our door screeners when you arrive at the clinic of your symptoms or exposure concerns.
We are unable to provide testing on-site testing on weekends or holidays
We do all of our testing on-island through local labs. PCR results are usually available within 1 to 2 days, though we have experienced delays of up to 5 days depending on lab availability
KPHC is not doing pre-travel testing at this time. Pre-travel testing can be done through Clinical Labs of Hawaii (CLH) at Sonic Scheduling (sonichealth.us)