Hospitals prep for surge: ‘Don’t let your guard down over the holidays’

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald People walk in a line Monday to pick up free COVID-19 home testing kits from Hilo Medical Center at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Big Island hospitals are preparing for a rough winter as all signs point to an omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge within the next month.