Oregon woman arrested for violating Hawaii quarantine rules

Maui police say Kelsey Newcomer of Portland didn't have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test when she arrived.

Posted: May 26, 2021 8:54 AM
Updated: May 26, 2021 8:54 AM

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- Police in Hawaii say an Oregon woman was arrested last week because she violated travel quarantine rules meant to protect the islands from the spread of coronavirus.

Maui police say 36-year-old Kelsey Newcomer of Portland didn't have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test from an approved facility when she arrived on a flight from Seattle.

Police say she also didn't have approved lodging where she could complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

She was taken to a police station in Wailuku and later agreed to leave the island of Maui and return to Oregon. She was traveling alone, police said.

Travelers to Hawaii must comply with the state's pre-travel testing program, even those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers must have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaii in order to bypass the quarantine.

Hawaii authorities have been arresting people who violate the rules.

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