It’s not a good time to travel to the islands. The visitors who choose to come to the island will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit Hawaii. — Gov. David Ige of Hawaii
It’s not a good time to travel to the islands. The visitors who choose to come to the island will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit Hawaii. — Gov. David Ige of Hawaii
Hawaii Governor Urges Tourists to Stay Away Amid Covid Surge
Facing a surge of Covid-19 cases that is straining hospitals, Gov. David Ige of Hawaii asked tourists to stay away.

“It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said. “The visitors who choose to come to the island will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit Hawaii.”

... Since July 1, Hawaii has experienced a sharp rise in new cases. The wave peaked at 729 new infections on Aug. 19, more than double the number the state had at its previous high last fall, according to a New York Times database. In the past two weeks, new cases increased 37 percent in Honolulu County and hospitalizations rose more than double.


... Hawaii was the last state to expand vaccines to all adults in April, and only 55 percent of the state is fully vaccinated. At the news conference on Monday, officials said they were concerned about the low vaccination rates in Oahu and the large number of young men and women with Covid-19 at the island’s intensive care units.

Dr. James Ireland, the chief of the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, said that over the past couple of weeks, island hospitals had seen a net increase of 10 to 14 patients a day. He warned that “very, very soon” hospitals would not have the capacity to care for patients and that emergency services were close to “maxed out.”

Although large gatherings appear to be the cause of the current spread, officials emphasized that the best way to fight the virus was by getting vaccinated. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the highly contagious Delta variant, which is more dangerous for those who are not vaccinated, now accounts for 93 percent of the state’s Covid-19 infections.

“That’s the way out of this,” Dr. Ireland said. “Vaccinations.”
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/23/world/americas/hawaii-covid-surge-tourists.html