(UPDATED) DLS added to Hawaii list of approved COVID-19 tests

Hawaii Governor David Ige (AP via ABC News)

Diagnostic Laboratory Services, which has labs on Guam, is one of the certified COVID-19 laboratories that the state of Hawaii will recognize.

But Hawaii is not recognizing COVID-19 tests from any other Guam laboratory, so far.

Hawaii started to allow travelers to opt out of a two-week quarantine upon arrival last Oct. 15. However, Hawaii Governor David Ige said travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the visitor’s last leg of their trip.

Moreover, the tests must be conducted by “trusted partners” or must come from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory.

According to Guam Visitors Bureau vice president Gerry Perez, Hawaii does not recognize COVID-19 tests from any other Guam lab so far.

“That’s really important because a lot of people from Guam go to Hawaii to visit friends and family or for medical reasons. They accept testing labs from the west coast, but not from Guam,” Perez said.

Hawaii’s trusted test partners include American Family Care Urgent Care, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Vault Health, Walgreens, and DLS.

Note that DLS is not originally a Guam company but is in fact the largest locally owned clinical testing laboratory in Hawaii.