‘There is no question that the virus is growing’


A pedestrian wearing a protective mask passes through the front of an empty store displaying graffiti that reads “Unmask Maui” on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Pia, Maui County, Hawaii, USA.

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Airport village. David Ige will reinstate sanctions to prevent the spread of coronaviruses as cases in the state keep climbing and state health officials predict more deaths and hospitalizations in the coming weeks.

“There is no question that the virus is growing in our state, and I know many people are concerned about their health,” Ige said in a press conference on Thursday. “As we reopened our community, people lowered their guard. It was very disappointing.”

According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins, cases in Hawaii are up more than 85% from the previous week, running to a record high of about 132 new cases based on a seven-day moving average. University.

About 3,000 total cases in Hawaii are relatively few compared to other states, but Ige said the recent surge is a threat to the state’s hospital system.

“We are seeing an increase in hospitals, and all of us from the beginning have said that our healthcare capacity is an important indicator that we need to monitor to ensure that the number of Kovid-19 cases overwhelms our hospitals.” And our health care system does not, ”Ige said.

Bruce Anderson, director of the state’s Department of Health, said 19 of the 117 porters in Hawaii were housed at home to 115, Oahu in Hawaii. More than half of the intensive care unit’s beds on the island are full, he said.

“At this time, it is being anticipated that our intensive care units in hospitals on Oahu will be filled to capacity and overrun,” Anderson said. “There will be more deaths and more hospitals in the coming weeks due to congestion and other activities.”

Ige said the state would reinstate its inter-island travel restrictions starting on Tuesday, ordering passengers arriving in Kai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao counties to quarantine for 14 days. The inter-island quarantine, which was lifted on 16 June, would continue until the end of August, until it was terminated or extended by a separate proclamation as ordered.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said about 300 city and county parks on the island of Oahu will begin Friday through Sept 5, including beaches. He said that no activities would be allowed on the beach or in parks, although residents could still surf, swim, fish and other activities on them.

“I know that many of you will be disappointed to hear this news – inter-island travel was an important way to keep in touch with families – but I wish it was not necessary, but the health and safety of our community was ours. Is the highest priority, ”said Ige. “I hate it when I see that people don’t wear masks, gather in public places on the beach or in parks, or party in relation to the health and safety of our community.”

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