LIVE: Gov. Ige Calls for Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine on Interisland Travel for Month of April
*Video courtesy Gov. David Ige / Facebook – 2:30 p.m., March 30, 2020
LIVE: Gov. Ige COVID-19 Update for March 30, 2020, 2:30 p.m.:
During an afternoon press conference, Governor David Ige announced a mandatory self quarantine for inter-island travel beginning on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
This mandatory 14-day quarantine will go into effect at midnight on April 1, and remain in effect through April 30, 2020.
This does not apply to those who are considered essential workers, but they are required to wear personal protective equipment during flights.
It is intended to further stop community spread of the coronavirus in Hawai‘i. The governor reiterated his top priority is the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people and said it is “more important than ever to continue to practice social distancing. We cannot let our guard down.”
Mayor Michael Victorino expressed his support Monday the governor’s orders for self-quarantine for interisland travelers saying, “This is the next step that Neighbor Island mayors have been discussing to help curb the increasing number of COVID-19. The vast majority of these cases have been residents who’ve traveled and returned home.”
“We want to see interisland travel reduced to only those who must travel to provide essential public services, such as medical care for our residents,” Mayor Victorino said. “We are awaiting details on the definition of ‘essential travelers.’ ”
HAWAII TOTAL COUNT OF COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES RISES TO 204
As of noon on Monday, March 30, 2020, there are 204 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi with 29 new cases. Maui has five new cases for a total of 25 confirmed positive.
Of the cases statewide, 6% have required hospitalization, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas. There have been no deaths.
TESTS BY CLINICAL LABORATORIES AND STATE LAB (As of 12 noon, March 30, 2020)
|Div. of State Laboratories||0||389||13||402|
* If a person was tested both by clinical labs and SLD, the test by clinical labs will be included
while the test by SLD will be removed DOH can capture “Unique Individuals.” The table uses investigations generated through electronic laboratory reports . It does not include non-electronic lab reports.
Update from Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, State Healthcare Liaison for COVID-19
Lt. Gov. Green continues to work with Governor David Ige, General Kenneth Hara and the healthcare community to evaluate Hawai‘i’s healthcare capacity and prepare for any possible surge in COVID-19 cases and individuals needing hospitalization.
Updated hospital capacity as of March 30, 2020:
|Number of OHCA licensed beds||2,757|
|Number of ICU beds||338|
|Number of ventilators||534|
|Number of beds excluding ICU beds||2,419|
|Number of beds occupied-32%||893|
|Number of ICU beds occupied-37%||126|
|Number of ventilators in use-11%||58|
|Source: Healthcare Association of Hawaii|
Airline Arrivals Continue to Drop
The number of passengers flying into Hawai‘i continues to drop in light of the state’s 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for all incoming passengers. Sunday, the fourth day of the rule, saw 826 people arriving at State airports. Compared to March 2019, on average more than 30,000 people arrived in the state each day.
Hawai‘i Airport Arrivals-Sunday, March 29, 2020
No Stopping Allowed for Arriving Passengers
The DOT is reiterating that self-quarantined arriving passengers are not allowed to stop off anywhere, including grocery or big box stores before going home or to their lodging. There are numerous services available that will deliver groceries to people in self-quarantine.
Hawai‘i Community Development Authority:
Kolowalu Parks Closed
The HCDA has closed its Kolowalu Parks on Queen Street in Honolulu to facilitate social distancing and reduce the risk of the potential spread of Covid-19. The parks will be reopened once the novel coronavirus is no longer a threat.
Department of Human Services:
Aggressive Actions Underway to Protect People and Families
DHS’s leadership and community stakeholders are working to ensure that all services of the agency are continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, though with modifications. Like all state agencies and many businesses this mean limiting face-to-face contact with people, especially those vulnerable to the novel corona virus. The operational modifications impact programs like:
- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Kupuna services
- Child-care facilities and homes
- Child welfare
- Adult protective services
- Health care coverage
- Support for people with disabilities
- Support for the houseless population.
Grab-and-Go Program Ensuring Keiki are Fed
In the first week of Grab-and-Go school meal distribution, nearly 16,000 breakfasts & 30,000 lunches were served to children at 38 school sites (not including the Kuhio Day holiday). Eight more school distribution sites are starting this week, increasing the total number of school sites to 46 on Wednesday, and more locations are being planned. The sites provide meals to all children 18 and younger. They do not have to attend the school site location but must be present to receive meals.
See details and locations at: https://bit.ly/2UsONM0