State aims to start coronavirus testing next week

The Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee, including chairman Sen. Donavan Dela Cruz, third from right, attend a Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, hearing at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu, regarding emergency appropriations to respond to the new coronavirus. Hawaii's epidemiologist said the state should be ready to begin testing for the coronavirus next week, while a Senate committee approved $10.5 million in emergency spending to respond to the outbreak. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii could begin testing for COVID-19 as early as next week, state epidemiologist Sarah Park said Thursday during a Facebook Live stream with Gov. David Ige.