There are 109 new cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii today, the highest daily record since the pandemic arrived in Hawaii in February.
The State Department of Health, which processed 5,160 tests between Saturday and today, said it predicted a surge due to the closure of the lab on Sunday and Monday after Hurricane Douglas. Laboratories typically process 1,000 to 2,000 daily tests.
“The dramatic increase in cases reported today was projected based on the latest trends since the fourth weekend of July, which are continuing,” said Dr. Bruce Anderson, state health director, in a press release.
The state is seeing an increase in both small and large social gatherings, including on beaches and in parks, in homes and in the workplace, he said.
Health services have identified numerous household groups through home parties, birthday celebrations, Father̵7;s Day and the Fourth of July, religious functions and “employees sitting in long meetings, removing masks to eat or drink”, as well as shopping, funeral measures, etc. meeting for drinks and communication in bars, it is said in the access.
The daily count includes 98 in Oahu, nine in Maui and two in Kauai. The number of positive cases across the country is now 1863.
“Recently, we have also seen an increase in cases involving bars, gyms in other establishments where physical distancing and camouflage are not used regularly. Based on the data collected in the cases through our investigations and contact tracking, we recommend that strategic measures be taken to further restrict the activities related to these cases, “Anderson said.” The location where several clusters were found, such as bars and gyms will obviously be targeted. “
Dozens of patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized after numerous outbreaks of coronavirus, including in Kalihi among the Pacific islands living in large multigenerational households.
“109 cases are a serious sign that COVID-19 is about to leave us, so we need to take immediate action,” Lt. Col. Josh Green told Hololulu, the star advertiser, adding that he recommends that Governor David Ige immediately reduce the maximum ladder size to 10 and redouble your efforts to demand that a mask be worn for all who are not in their immediate family. “This is the first rational decision to be made. We need people not to be at meetings for more than 10 periods – no exception. “
At this point, schools will definitely have to delay their opening so as not to respect parents and teachers, Green added, until the Ministry of Health creates a “comprehensive health plan to preserve them,” he added. “Until we see a comprehensive DOZ plan, it’s hard to justify opening schools.”
He urges DOH to hire 500 full-time contact trackers to detect and isolate any new cases of COVID-19 before the situation gets out of hand.
“Only with such an army of contact trackers will they be able to contain this surge,” he said. “It’s scary because, although the cases are growing … it will soon exceed the DOG’s ability to track and test, and then it will get out of hand and we will just respond to it in a hospital setting.”
Doctors still have enough capacity, but “this will be a concern,” according to Green.
There have been 965 cases in the state in the past 30 days, compared with 900 in the first 150 days, with about 10 percent of people in need of hospitalization, he said.
Hawaiian officials have raised the possibility of reversing the latest steps to reopen the economy after the state saw a surge in daily cases over the past week – 64 new infections on Sunday, 73 on Saturday, 60 on Friday and 55 on Thursday.
Until Thursday, the daily record of new cases in Hawaii was July 42. On Monday and Tuesday, the number dropped to 28 and 47, but only because state laboratories were closed on Sunday due to the threat of Hurricane Douglas.
The recent surge in coronavirus prompted officials to consider resuming a 14-day long-distance travel quarantine that was lifted on June 16.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is also calling for closing bars in Oahu for three weeks; mandate to wear masks both indoors and outdoors; and limiting social fees to 10 people or less.
“It’s an ugly milestone that no one wanted to see in Hawaii. It may be time for another awakening that we are doing everything individually to further prevent the spread of the virus, “said community doctor Dr. James Ireland.” At the moment, we really can’t blame tourists and most businesses that made changes to protect us. It comes down to individual responsibility. “