COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
April 8, 2020
Waikiki Beach, March 26, 2020
Additional photos are available here.
Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority
Inter-island Travel Requires 14-Day Self-Quarantine
On March 30, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced that anyone traveling between the Hawaiian Islands will be required to self-quarantine in their home or other lodging for 14 days. This does not apply to those who are considered essential workers, but they are required to wear personal protective equipment during flights. This mandatory rule takes effect at midnight, Wednesday, April 1 and continues until April 30. It is intended to further stop community spread of the coronavirus in Hawaii. The governor reiterated his top priority is the health and safety of Hawaii’s people and said it is “more important than ever to continue to practice social distancing. We cannot let our guard down.” Click here for the press release and here for the fourth supplementary proclamation issued on March 31.
Statewide Order by Hawaii Governor David Ige
On March 23, Governor Ige issued a third supplemental proclamation - a stay at home order - between 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
All persons within the State of Hawaii are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence, such as hotels or condominiums. Individuals may leave only for essential activities or to engage in essential businesses and operations. Click here to view the order and here for the press release.
Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:01 a.m., all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate -- the first such action in the nation -- applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts. Click here for the order and here for the second supplemental proclamation.
“With the majority of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” said Gov. Ige. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaii’s business, community and visitor industry leaders.”
During a press conference he stated, “We want this action to send a message to visitors and residents alike that we appreciate their love for Hawaii but at this time we believe our community is very important and we need to come together to fight this virus. We are asking them to postpone their visits to our island community. We know that our economy will suffer from this action but we truly appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from our hospitality industry to understand that these actions are necessary. We believe it will help us to flatten the curve and need everyone to comply with these quarantine orders because the safety and welfare of the people of Hawaii is our number one priority.”
All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaii’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaii Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.
Visitors will be required to self-quarantine in their accommodations, and residents in their homes, but they may leave for medical emergencies.
Gov. Ige encourages those who have scheduled trips to Hawaii to postpone and reschedule their plans at this time. Visitors currently in the Hawaiian Islands should adjust their travel plans to end their vacations accordingly. Please click here for the flyer and contact hotel and activity operators directly for the latest information.
Previously on March 17, Gov. Ige issued a supplemental emergency urging businesses, residents and visitors to adhere to the following to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community. Click here to view the press release.
He stated, “With the threat of COVID-19 we need to take care of our people and communities first. I am strongly encouraging our guests to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30 days and reschedule it for a later date. This will help us to deal with the virus first, protect the integrity of our destination and enable us to welcome our visitors back to Hawaii soon.”
“We are also directing the following actions: social gatherings should be limited to groups of no more than 10 following the CDC’s guidelines. All bars and clubs should be closed. Restaurants should adjust their operations to pivot to drive-thru, take-out, pick-up or delivery services only. Closures of theaters, entertainment centers, and visitor attractions should commence. We encourage everyone to avoid any discretionary travel.”
County Mayors Issue Additional Orders
City and County of Honolulu - Effective between 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, and Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m., all individuals on Oahu are mandated to shelter in place - that is, stay at home and work from home - except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.
Essential activities include but are not limited to obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, obtaining necessary services or supplies such as groceries, and outdoor activities in locations as allowed by law. Essential business includes but is not limited to healthcare operations, grocery stores and supermarkets, businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, gas stations, bank and financial institutions, and media services.
Previously, City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a supplemental proclamation mandating the closure of restaurants, parks and nightclubs for indoor service beginning Friday, March 20. Restaurant take-out, curb-side pick-up and delivery is allowed. Click here for more information.
Maui County - Effective between 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m., all individuals in Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai) are mandated to stay at home (or place of lodging) and work from home except for essential activities, essential businesses or government operations.
Essential activities include those to maintain health and safety, like getting medicine or seeing a doctor; getting food, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home; doing solitary outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running; performing work to operate an essential business or essential government function; caring for a family member in another household; or caring for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons. For a list of government or private services or business that may remain open, click here. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to provide takeout and delivery service only. Click here for the order.
Previously, Maui County announced rules beginning Friday, March 20, limiting the gathering of groups of more than 10 people and curtailing vehicular transportation except for essential activities or operation of essential business or government functions. Bars, nightclubs, theaters and venues with large gatherings are required to close; however, take-out and delivery service may continue. Click here for details. Click here for details.
County of Kauai - Effective between 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m., all individuals on Kauai are mandated to adhere to Gov. Ige's third supplemental proclamation. Kauai's Rule is available here. The intent of this Rule is for people to stay at home with very limited exceptions, such as seeking medical attention, purchasing food or medications, and other essential needs only.
If at all possible, businesses should operate remotely, and employees should telework. Those businesses that cannot operate remotely will be limited to essential services only, such as those that provide for health, safety, food, utilities, and/or manufacture, sell, or deliver supplies and services necessary for household consumption.
This Rule is in addition to all other Kauai Mayor’s Emergency Rules, such as the nightly curfew which remains in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Click here for more information.
Hawaii County - Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim issued guidance that restaurants, bars and places of worship may make their own decisions to open or close, and consider ways to minimize risk to customers and employees.
As of 12:00 p.m. HST on April 8, there is a total of 435 (25 newly reported) confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii. Of those cases, 10% have required hospitalization, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas.
COVID-19 Positive* Cases in Hawaii
Total cases: 435 (25 newly reported)
Required Hospitalization: 42
Hawaii Deaths: 5
Released From Isolation: 113
Honolulu: 328 (83 released from isolation, 36 required hospitalization, 4 deaths)
Maui County: 54 (14 released from isolation, 5 required hospitalization, 1 death)
Kauai: 18 (7 released from isolation, 1 required hospitalization)
Hawaii Island: 26 (9 released from isolation, 0 required hospitalization)
County Pending: 7
Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state: 2
*Includes presumptive and confirmed cases, and data is preliminary and subject to change.
Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation and has taken additional steps to enhance its efforts at hotels, attractions, restaurants and other public spaces across the Hawaiian Islands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors. The industry is also taking proactive steps to educate its workforce to continue practicing good hygiene at home and on the job, while reminding travelers to do the same while visiting through a series of informational videos being played at baggage claim areas in all state airports.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority continues to work with DOH, state and county government officials, and CDC to monitor the situation.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days, beginning March 14, 2020. CLIA ocean-going cruise lines are focused on the safe and smooth return of those currently at sea onboard ships that will be affected by this decision. Guests who are booked on cruise itineraries which will be impacted by this decision are encouraged to contact their travel advisors or reach out to their cruise lines directly.
CDC Travel Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- Avoid Nonessential Travel (Level 3): All International Nonessential Travel, Cruise Ship Travel
- Practice Enhanced Precautions (Level 2): None at this time
- Practice Usual Precautions (Level 1): None at this time
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging everyone to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness by practicing social distancing and doing these everyday actions:
- Wear a cloth mask when conducting essential tasks.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Seniors and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid large crowds.
- Sign up for public notifications at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidance on Large Gatherings and Events (updated 3/29/20)
During the next 30 days, individuals and organizations should cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S.
World Health Organization
U.S. Travel Association
Hawaii State Department of Health
Flyer: What To Do If You're Sick or Think You Have COVID-19 (updated 2/5/20)
Flyer: Workplace Guidance (updated 3/12/20)
Hawaii State Department of Transportation
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Daily Visitor Statistics: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/daily-passenger-counts/
County Information - Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Island of Hawaii
County Emergency Management Agencies and Notifications: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/get-ready/
- City and County of Honolulu: www.oneoahu.org
- Kauai County: www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
- Maui County: www.covid19mauinui.com
- County of Hawaii: www.hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus
LOCAL MEDIA UPDATES
- The Garden Island - www.thegardenisland.com
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser - www.staradvertiser.com
Island of Hawaii
- Hawaii Tribune-Herald - www.hawaiitribune-herald.com
- West Hawaii Today - www.westhawaiitoday.com
- Big Island Now - https://bigislandnow.com/category/coronavirus
HTA NEWS RELEASES
- April 7, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 6, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 5, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 4, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 3, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 2, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- April 1, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 31, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 30, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 29, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 28, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 27, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
- March 25, 2020: Hawaii Passenger Arrivals by Air
HTA TOURISM BRIEF - ARCHIVE
- April 6, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- April 3, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- April 2, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- April 1, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 27, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 25, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 24, 2020: COVID-19 Update
- March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Update
HTA LETTER TO HAWAII'S VISITOR INDUSTRY - ARCHIVE
OTHER NEWS RELEASES
Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 23, 2020:
Gov. David Ige signed a third supplementary proclamation Monday, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr. 30. Essential workers are exempt.
Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 21, 2020:
Hawaii Governor David Ige issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation ordering all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate -- the first such action in the nation -- applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts.
Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governors-office-news-release-gov-ige-orders-mandatory-14-day-quarantine-for-all-individuals-arriving-or-returning-to-the-state-of-hawai%ca%bbi/
Information from the City and County of Honolulu news release issued on March 18, 2020:
Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a supplemental proclamation of emergency or disaster today to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The proclamation requires the closure of all bars and nightclubs for fifteen calendar days, and all restaurants and cafes that serve food, to close solely for drive-thru, pickup, or delivery service, also for fifteen days. This is effective March 20, at 8:30 a.m.
Full Press Release: http://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/1305-site-csd-news-2020-cat/38100-03-18-20-mayor-caldwell-issues-covid-19-supplemental-proclamation,-takes-action-on-bill-35.html
Information from the County of Maui news release issued on March 18, 2020:
Mayor Michael Victorino announced a number of Public Health Emergency Rules effective as of 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, directed toward limiting the gathering of groups of people and curtailing vehicular transportation except for essential activities or operation of essential business or government functions, such as travel to and from work and medical appointments.
The rules require restaurants and cafes that serve food within the premises to close; however, take-out and delivery service may continue. Bars, nightclubs, theaters, tourist attractions, and other venues where the public gather must remain closed.
Full Press Release: https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9923
Information from the County of Kauai news release issued on March 18, 2020:
Kauai Mayor Derek S.K Kawakami has implemented, via emergency rule, an islandwide nighttime curfew beginning Friday, March 20. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily until further notice. Every individual within the County of Kauai must remain in their residence during these specified hours.
Mayor’s Emergency Rule #2 sets forth exceptions to the curfew, including:
1. Commuting to and from work;
2. Working for an essential service provider whose shifts are within the curfew window;
3. Delivery services associated with food service establishments or stores that sell food and household supplies; and
4. Seeking medical attention.
Mayor Kawakami also stated that airline travel to and from the island of Kauai be limited to essential needs only. “Until further notice, visitors should not be traveling to our island for recreational purposes,” emphasized the Mayor. “Kauai is on vacation!”
Further, vacation industry partners are urged to work with their marketing teams to refrain from marketing Kauai as a place to visit during this time in order to protect the health and safety of the community.
Full Press Release: https://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/NR031820KEMA.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-140021-373
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Transportation news release issued on March 18, 2020:
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs the traveling public that Hana Highway (Route 360) between Kapakalua Road and Hana Town is restricted to local traffic until further notice beginning March 18, 2020.
The local access restriction is being put in place to address access and congestion concerns due to roadwork and vehicles along the two-lane highway.
HDOT is currently installing slope stabilization measures on Route 360 near Papaaea Road that requires a 24-hour lane closure.
An electronic message board informing the public of the local traffic restriction will be placed near the Haiku Community Center.
Full Press Release: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/18/hana-highway-route-360-restricted-to-local-traffic-until-further-notice/
Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 17, 2020:
Gov. David Y. Ige announced today state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“The actions I’m announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a quicker recovery when this crisis is over,” said Gov. Ige.
Gov. Ige strongly encouraged our visitors to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30-days and reschedule for a later date.
Effective this Friday (March 20), screening of all passengers disembarking cruise ships will be screened. Our airports are working on implementation plans for screening arriving visitors.
Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/proper-use-of-covid-19-tests-imperative-there-is-a-current-shortage-of-hand-sanitizers-and-toilet-paper-in-hawaii-in-part-because-of-the-publics-over-reaction-to-covid-19-the-hawai/
Information from Hawaiian Airlines' news release issued on March 17, 2020:
Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will suspend thrice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport (CTS) from April 2 through July 18. Hawaiian, which has served Sapporo since 2012, is adjusting its global network in response to declining travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 16, 2020:
Gov. David Y. Ige signed today a supplemental emergency proclamation adding provisions to protect the health and safety of the people of Hawaii as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“Across the globe and here in Hawaii, we’re seeing disruptions to every aspect of our lives. As more cases are confirmed, events cancelled, and social distancing measures taken, it’s understandable that people are anxious. This supplemental emergency proclamation allows us to take unprecedented actions to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and ensure that medical resources are available to those who most need them,” said Gov. Ige.
Gov. Ige announced that he has appointed Ken Hara, director, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, to be the incident commander.
Information from Hawaiian Airlines' news release issued on March 15, 2020:
Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will temporarily suspend nonstop service between Honolulu and its Australia and New Zealand gateways starting later this month due to new government entry restrictions being imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information from Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) news release issued on March 14, 2020:
CLIA ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.
“CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA. “This is an unprecedented situation. Our industry has taken responsibility for protecting public health for more than 50 years, working under the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prides itself on its ability to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for guests, as well as meaningful employment opportunities for crew. This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible.”
The temporary suspension will take effect at 12:00AM EDT on 14 March 2020. CLIA ocean-going cruise lines are focused on the safe and smooth return of those currently at sea onboard ships that will be affected by this decision.
Information from the Department of Homeland Security's press release issued on March 11, 2020:
Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.
These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health's news release issued on March 10, 2020:
Hawaii is shifting its COVID-19 response efforts into higher gear this week by launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus.
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health issued on March 8, 2020:
On March 8, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) identified a second presumptive positive test result of COVID-19 for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified and trace back investigations are being conducted. The Oahu hospital has taken protective and preventive measures and is working with healthcare workers to ensure health and safety. Information is still being gathered and as more information becomes available, the public will be advised.
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health issued on March 6, 2020:
On March 6, DOH identified the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Hawaii. That individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico from Feb. 11-21. After arriving in Mexico, the individual traveled home to Honolulu with no symptoms. While home in Honolulu, the individual became ill on March 1, sought medical care and was tested on March 6. The individual is currently isolated at home and is being monitored daily by DOH. The department is conducting a detailed trace investigation to identify, notify, and provide guidance to all close contacts as quickly as possible. The patient is a local resident and was likely exposed while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. There is no evidence of community spread at this time, but DOH is working to determine if the patient had any close contact with anyone while they were ill.
Information from Hawaiian Airlines' news release issued on March 6, 2020:
Hawaiian Airlines today announced it would adjust flight frequencies between Hawaii and Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND) at the end of March due to slowing travel demand attributed to the COVID-19 virus.
Information from the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor news release issued on March 5, 2020:
Gov. David Ige today issued an emergency proclamation that allows the state to work quickly and efficiently to prevent, contain and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, and to provide disaster relief if necessary.
Full Press Release: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/office-of-the-governor-news-release-gov-ige-issues-emergency-proclamation-for-covid-19/
Information from Hawaiian Airlines' news release issued on February 26, 2020:
Hawaiian Airlines today announced its decision to temporarily suspend its five-times-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Incheon International Airport (ICN), beginning March 2 through April 30, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in South Korea.
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health's media update issued on February 20, 2020:
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is continuing to actively gather facts about a visiting husband and wife from Japan who came to Hawaii, January 28 - February 7, 2020. They visited Maui (January 28 - February 3) and Oahu (February 3-7). Upon their return home to Japan, they were confirmed to have COVID-19. DOH officials do not believe that they caught it while in the Hawaiian Islands. Further, February 20 was the last day that any individual who may have had prolonged, close contact with the couple would be expected to show symptoms. At this time, there is no indication of transmission or related illness.
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health's news release issued on February 14, 2020:
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) was notified today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male who traveled to Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and to Oahu from Feb. 3-7 has been confirmed for COVID-19. The individual is a Japanese national who developed severe symptoms, sought medical care, and was diagnosed and tested after leaving Hawaii and returning home to Japan.
The Department of Health was informed that the individual had no symptoms while traveling on Maui and developed cold-like symptoms with no fever while staying on Oahu. The department has begun an investigation and is working closely with state, federal and county officials. A medical advisory was sent out today to alert the healthcare community in Hawaii to be vigilant about possible cases.
“The Department of Health has been expecting and preparing for identifying a travel-related case in Hawaii because of the widespread outbreak in China and other areas of the world. The state is more than ready with aggressive control and prevention measures as we work closely with our medical community and response partners,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. “We are committed to keeping the public fully informed and will continue to provide updates as this situation unfolds.”
“The individual had no symptoms while on Maui and was not contagious,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. “There is no increased risk on Maui from possible exposure. On Oahu, the individual had cold-like symptoms with no fever. I have alerted physicians that it’s possible that cases may surface sometime before Feb. 21 because the onset of illness is generally within 14 days.”
Full Press Release: https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/hawaii-department-of-health-notified-of-confirmed-covid-19-case-who-traveled-to-maui-and-oahu/
Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's news release issued on January 31, 2020:
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus.
“While this virus poses a serious public health threat, the risk to the American public remains low at this time, and we are working to keep this risk low,” Secretary Azar said. “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all Americans, and this public health emergency declaration is the latest in the series of steps the Trump Administration has taken to protect our country.”
The emergency declaration gives state, tribal, and local health departments more flexibility to request that HHS authorize them to temporarily reassign state, local, and tribal personnel to respond to 2019-nCoV if their salaries normally are funded in whole or in part by Public Health Service Act programs. These personnel could assist with public health information campaigns and other response activities.
Full Press Release: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/01/31/secretary-azar-declares-public-health-emergency-us-2019-novel-coronavirus.html
Information from the Hawaii State Department of Health's news release issued on January 29, 2020:
Although the risk to the general public is low, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively prepare for possible cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Last week, the DOH alerted the medical community and information for healthcare providers has been posted at www.health.hawaii.gov.
Currently, there are no cases of 2019-nCoV identified in Hawaii and the risk to the general public is low. The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China and currently there are more than 6,000 cases confirmed in China and at least 17 countries. This includes 132 deaths in China. There have been at least 5 cases in the U.S. of people who traveled to Wuhan or other areas in China and no evidence of person to person spread of the virus in the U.S.
“The Hawaii Department of Health is working closely with our emergency response network to put proactive measures in place to protect our residents and visitors,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. “Because Hawaii is a major travel destination, planning and preparing for possible outbreaks is an ongoing activity. The emergence of the 2019 coronavirus in Wuhan and its potential to spread to areas outside of China poses an increased threat to travelers and Hawaii residents and we’ve ramped up our efforts.”
“We are advising people not to travel to China at this time,” said Anderson. “Various areas in China have been placed under quarantine by the Chinese government, and travel within the country is either completely prohibited or significantly curtailed to prevent the spread of this disease.”
Press release issued by the Hawaii Department of Transportation on January 28, 2020:
The HDOT Airports Division (HDOTA) works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii Department of Health regarding the coronavirus. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is one of 20 airports in the country with a CDC Quarantine Station enforcing foreign quarantine regulations. For information regarding the quarantine stations click here.
HDOTA follows the direction of the CDC regarding additional screening practices at any of the airports in the state. The CDC initially announced entry screening at San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) and has added Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD) to the list. There are no direct flights from Wuhan, China to Hawaii. HDOTA will continue to monitor communication and developments with the CDC regarding the evolving situation. Additional questions may be directed to the CDC newsroom.
Press release issued by the Centers for Disease Control on January 28, 2020:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This warning is in response to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading between people in many parts of that country.
In the United States, there have been 5 cases of 2019-nCoV detected in travelers returning from Wuhan. No person-to-person spread has been detected in the United States at this time and this virus is NOT spreading in the community.
Based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. However, risk is dependent on exposure and some people will have greater risk of infection, for example, healthcare workers caring for 2019-nCoV patients and other close contacts. CDC is aggressively responding to this serious public health situation to help protect the health of Americans. This response may cause disruptions in some people’s daily lives. This is unfortunate, but necessary to protect the health of Americans.
Full press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0128-travelers-avoid-china.html
Press release issued by the Centers for Disease Control on January 26, 2020:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed additional travel-related infections of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, this time in Arizona and California. These patients recently returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. This brings the total number of 2019-nCoV infections detected in the United States to five -- none in Hawaii.
Full press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0126-coronavirus-new-cases.html
Press release issued by the Hawaii Department of Health on January 21, 2020:
Hawaii Department of Health provides guidance to healthcare providers for 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China
Everyone is advised to get a flu vaccination
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is advising physicians statewide to be alert for patients who have travelled from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The department sent out a detailed medical advisory to healthcare providers today on reporting, testing, specimen collection, and interim healthcare infection control recommendations for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Providers are advised to notify the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division immediately if a patient meets the case criteria.
The DOH is also advising everyone (six months of age or older) and especially those who travel to receive a flu vaccination. Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said, “With the current flu activity, there will likely be crossover in clinical presentation so the more people vaccinated against flu, the more helpful that will be.”
The DOH is closely monitoring the outbreak of 2019-nCoV occurring in China and regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to issuing a Medical Advisory today to ensure all clinical providers are informed, the DOH is coordinating with Emergency Medical Service personnel/first responders, the Department of Transportation, and infection control partners in medical facilities throughout the state. DOH is also monitoring its well-established respiratory surveillance network which reviews flu activity in the state. Online resources for the 2019-nCoV are posted at https://health.hawaii.gov/prepare/cdc-issues-warning-about-pneumonia-cases-in-wuhan-china-caused-by-novel-coronavirus/.
An outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China has been developing since December 2019. This outbreak now includes more than 300 confirmed infections and several deaths in China with confirmed cases also in Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States (one case in Washington State). While human-to-human transmission appears limited, the situation continues to evolve. Nearly all travelers from China enter the state from other U.S. or international ports of entry.
If you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, you should do the following:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
- Not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
For more information, including information for clinicians and public health professionals, please go to the following CDC and WHO webpages: