News Release: FEMA Approves Over $25 Million for 2021 COVID-19 Testing and Outreach Sites

Posted on Jan 7, 2022 in Information and News Releases, News Stories

FEMA Approves Over $25 Million for 2021 COVID-19 Testing and Outreach Sites

For Immediate Release: Friday, Jan. 7, 2022                                           Release No. 2022-002

HONOLULU – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during the 2021 Delta variant surge, access to free diagnostic testing sites for Hawai’i communities has been invaluable in protecting the health of residents, their families and visitors.

Working with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) facilitated the award this week of over $25 million in COVID-19 funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The award covered expenses incurred when the State opened 30 testing and community outreach sites.

Testing was provided at the sites from July 26, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021 in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. Test sites included pharmacies and other locations, as well as mobile teams that provided self-test kits to underserved areas. In addition to free COVID-19 testing, each site also offered education, counseling, and referral services.

“Access to rapid testing that is no cost to members of our community has been so important during this pandemic. The Department of Health worked closely with FEMA and HI-EMA to obtain this funding for our state. We are grateful to have these resources as we continue to navigate through this pandemic,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACP.

Testing and vaccination continues at sites across the state; to learn more, visit

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Adam Weintraub
Communications Director
Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency
3949 Diamond Head Rd. Honolulu, HI

[email protected]