(BIVN) – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) today reported forty-one (41) new cases of COVID-19 statewide.
Thirty-eight (38) cases were identified on Oʻahu, two (2) on Kauaʻi, and one (1) on Hawaiʻi island.
There are eight (8) active cases on Hawaiʻi island, according to both the State and County of Hawaiʻi.
An updated Hawaiʻi health department map that tacks reported COVID-19 cases with onset dates in the past 28 days by zip code today shows at least one new case in the Puna Mauka area of East Hawaiʻi.
UPDATE – (4:30 p.m. HST) – At today’s news briefing, Gov. David Ige said the 41 new COVID-19 cases is the highest case count since the pandemic began earlier this year, but the number is still manageable. “It is the highest we’ve had, and it is concerning,” said Governor Ige. “However, as we re-opened our economy, we expected this. We are tracking this very closely and it is manageable right now. We have the ability to test people we need to test, and DOH has significantly increased the number of people available to trace the contacts of positive cases.” The Governor said he is “in daily discussions with DOH, the county mayors, and other leaders,” and said “we will continue to make decisions based on the best available science and facts. We have not made any decisions yet and will let you know as soon as any changes are necessary.”
State health officials said today that it is possible that similar spikes in COVID-19 cases will continue. “Now more than ever it is critically important for everyone to wear a cloth face mask whenever outside of their home,” said DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. “Many of the clusters we have been investigating are associated with situations where a mask has not been worn or physical distancing was not exercised. These are new infections that are not associated with known cases and investigations … We have an opportunity now to turn around these numbers before opening travel and safely resuming school and work. Let’s take this opportunity to all wear masks and do our part to prevent COVID-19.”
“This latest report shows COVID-19 is widely circulating in our community,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “The numbers today will likely continue, at least at this level, if people continue to disregard using their masks and physical distancing. While we have an increased number of staff at DOH and are in the process of hiring newly trained contact tracers, the community must adhere to safe practices – as no amount of contact tracing and testing will combat a respiratory pathogen alone.”
Passenger Arrivals By Air
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority reported another day of over 2,000 arrivals by air. The authority stated:
Yesterday, 2,637 people arrived in Hawaii. During this same time last year approximately 35,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.