HONOLULU (WR) — Hawaii continued to expertise a pointy spike within the variety of COVID-19 instances on Monday, prompting Gov. David Ige to warn that the state could should as soon as once more delay the beginning of a pre-travel testing program for vacationers if the development doesn’t change.
“If there are too many instances right here and we haven’t stopped the rise, then we’d be taking a look at delaying the September 1st date,” Ige stated, referring to the present timeline for permitting out-of state guests to bypass a 14-day traveler quarantine in the event that they take a look at destructive.
The traveler testing plan was initially attributable to start on Aug. 1, however Ige pushed again the date amid an increase in instances in a number of mainland states and a decline in testing provides obtainable to laboratories.
Hawaii reported a document 207 extra instances of the illness on Monday. State officers stated greater than half had been the results of delayed reporting over the weekend attributable to points at Hawaii’s medical laboratories. Even so, the quantity comes after a number of latest days of triple-digit will increase.
Ige stated he’s monitoring the variety of instances in Hawaii and across the nation as he considers what to do in regards to the pre-travel testing program. He famous that motels have stated they’d prefer to obtain three to 4 weeks’ discover earlier than this system begins whereas airways say they’d like two weeks’ discover.
“Clearly, we’d wish to see a stopping of the rise within the variety of new instances right here within the state and hopefully start the development downward,” Ige stated at a information convention. “As I’ve stated, although, we will solely achieve success … if we come collectively as a neighborhood.”
Bruce Anderson, the director of the state Division of Well being, stated the proportion of checks with optimistic outcomes has gone as much as 5%-6% in latest days from 1%-2% earlier within the pandemic. Epidemiologists view the proportion of optimistic checks as a number one indicator of the illness’s prevalence locally, he stated.
Of the entire, 198 had been from Oahu, seven had been from Maui and two from Hawaii Island.
Anderson stated most often, the brand new infections might be traced to individuals who have let down their guard.
Anderson and Ige pressured the state had ample contact tracers to maintain observe of those that have examined optimistic and the individuals who have had shut contact with them.
About 70 Division of Well being staff had been working as contact tracers as of final week, however that quantity is now as much as 105, Anderson stated. The Nationwide Guard has about 60 personnel who can be found as wanted. The College of Hawaii, in the meantime, has thus far skilled 400 folks for the job, and the state is within the strategy of hiring a few of them.
The variety of infections is considered far increased as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined, and research recommend folks might be contaminated with the virus with out feeling sick.
For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes delicate or reasonable signs, resembling fever and cough that clear up in two to a few weeks. For some, particularly older adults and folks with current well being issues, it could actually trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia and dying.