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Temporary Quarantine & Isolation Center (TQIC)

Please Note – The following guidance was issued on May 7, 2020 for DV providers, and clarifies that the TQIC can serve individuals coming from DV shelters. Download the TQIC Guidance for Providers >>

Department of Health, State of Hawaii

On March 6, 2020, Hawaii identified its first case of novel coronavirus. Since that time, COVID-19 has spread throughout Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Maui, and Kauai Counties. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Hawai`i is acting rapidly to respond in the midst of this pandemic.

One of the key interventions the Hawaii State Department of Health is organizing is the deployment of Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Centers to meet the need of community members in Hawai’i who do not have a safe space to adequately isolate and quarantine in the face of active symptomology and/or while awaiting test results after being tested for the virus at a medical facility.

The first TQIC opened in Honolulu as a response to the anticipated need to address those most vulnerable, unsheltered individuals, who were physically demonstrating symptoms of the virus as well as those awaiting lab test results in order to safely move them back into the community while minimizing the threat of the spread of COVID-19 and to also reduce the strain on our local emergency healthcare facilities to ensure their capacity and the safety of the public as a whole.

Thus far, the majority of those receiving services at TQIC have arrived with a variety of comorbid issues including mental illness, substance abuse, an array of physical ailments requiring wound care, among others. The medical team at TQIC consists of medical staff from Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui (H4) and Department of Health under the leadership of Dr. Christina Wang from Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center (HRRRC), Medical Director. Case management is provided by staff from the Institute for Human Services (IHS) who ensure that each guest who comes through TQIC has every opportunity to link to essential community supports beyond recovering from this virus.

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Last reviewed on September 4, 2020