Pre-travel COVID-19 testing program for trans-Pacific visitors to begin Oct. 15

  • Gov. David Ige announced the launch of the $100 million State Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program on Tuesday. (Courtesy photo/West Hawaii Today)

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Premier Medical Group staff tests people for COVID-19 during a drive-through testing event Wednesday at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

Gov. David Ige said he considered a variety of factors before deciding to launch on Oct. 15 a pre-travel COVID-19 testing program for trans-Pacific visitors.