Hawai‘i Coronavirus Total Now 175: 24 New Cases, Maui Total is 20
As of noon on Sunday, March 29, 2020, the state total count of positive coronavirus cases was 175, including 11 new cases on Oʻahu; 1 new case on Kauaʻi; 2 new cases on Hawaiʻi Island; 4 new cases on Maui; and 6 cases pending residency determination.
Maui’s island count is now at 20. The Maui District Health Office notes that as test results come in (expected early this coming week), there may be a spike in the number of new reported COVID-19 cases in the Valley Isle.
There have been 175 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. Of those cases, 7% have required hospitalization, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas. There have been no deaths.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reports that nationwide, there are 122,653 cases (19,332 new). Total deaths in the US now stand at 2,112 (444 new). The information provided represents cumulative totals as of 12 p.m. on March 29, 2020.
As COVID-19 spreads globally and nationally, while the majority of cases identified in Hawaiʻi have been introduced into our state by travelers, especially Hawaiʻi residents. The state Department of Health Avises that “we all need to practice social distancing (i.e., maintaining at least 6 ft distance or 2 arm’s length from others) as well as other important infection prevention measures (e.g., wash hands, clean surfaces regularly) to prevent widespread community transmission.”
The DOH says “Social distancing can reduce the spread of disease, prevent our healthcare system from being overburdened, and protect the most vulnerable members in our community from infection.” If you get sick, please stay home—get rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you are older or have an underlying medical condition and become ill, call your doctor.
The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is urging all residents to act now to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities (see What You Can Do).
HDOH is expanding existing statewide influenza surveillance to include testing for COVID-19 to identify cases of community spread of the new coronavirus. For 263 sentinel surveillance specimens collected between March 1 and 20, all cases were negative for COVID-19 (0% positive).
Screening is being conducted at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) by local and federal authorities to identify travelers that require quarantine.
Anyone arriving in Hawaiʻi is being placed under mandatory quarantine and must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days from the time they arrived.
If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, jump to the following page: If You Become Sick