Between July 26 and August 8, Hawaii reported a 168% increase in COVID-19 cases. On Aug. 6, it registered 655 new cases, the highest number of new daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
Because of concerns about the new Delta variant, Hawaii is also tightening its COVID-19 restrictions. On Tuesday, August 11, the governor announced the signing of a decree-law to limit social gatherings and establishments’ capacity.
Indoor social gatherings will be limited to 10 people, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25. Capacity for indoor bars, gyms, restaurants and other facilities will be reduced to 50%. The pre-test for all tourists, without exception, can also be reimposed.
Therefore, traveling to Hawaii in the coming weeks should be reconsidered to prevent the spread of the virus and its variants.
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Vaccination progress in Hawaii
So far, 1,023,635 Hawaiians have received at least one dose. 764,799 Hawaiians were fully vaccinated, which represents about 54% of the population of the islands.
Current COVID statistics in Hawaii
The COVID-19 pandemic is at its peak in Hawaii. Until this date, Hawaii recorded 45,920 COVID-19 cases, of which 542 resulted in death.
At the moment there are 34,121 active cases. On average, Hawaii reports about 555 new infections a day, which is the highest daily average since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.
COVID-19 Hotspots in Hawaii
New restrictions and rules are taking place on the island with little or no notice. We recommend that you check the following links for updated restrictions.
HAWAII UPDATE FILES
As of November 20, HAWAII had about 50 to 150 new cases daily, which are considered quite low. In total, there are 17,182 confirmed cases and 229 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: NYTimes)
With regard to the new coronavirus, the United States is by far the worst hit country in the world. On September 15, national authorities officially reported 11,413,788 positive cases and 248,571 deaths. Hawaii reported 99 deaths and 16,841 positive cases statewide in Oahu (14,506), Maui County (14,506), Kauai County (86), and Hawaii Island (1,499) so far.
General Hara said his team is learning from the ill-prepared opening plan that has taken them from an almost virus-free state to now fighting a record number of infections.
What is the process for getting to Hawaii?
There are a few steps to follow if you are heading to this beautiful destination. Keep reading and take notes so your trip runs smoothly.
As of November 24, if you do not bring a recent negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), you will need to quarantine it.
The state of Hawaii has implemented a digital form, safe travel, to streamline screening procedures at its airports and allow its health workers to monitor possible outbreaks or threats to the local population.
All travelers, even those traveling between the islands, will have to fill in the form inside of 24 hours prior to travel. Click this link, sign up using your Google or Facebook account and follow the instructions.
- Once you arrive in Hawaii, you will be screened for high temperature or any other symptoms of COVID-19 and will be asked to undergo a second round of screening if your temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Show airport authorities the QR code you received after filling in the Safe Travel Quiz. You can bring a hard copy or show the digital code on your smartphone.
Hawaii, the famous state island of the United States, initially opened its doors to domestic and international travelers and tourists without strict restrictions. It didn’t go as planned and General Kenneth Hara, Hawaii Deputy Director of the local Emergency Management Agency, stated on local news that as soon as they started to open up, the coronavirus spread rapidly and the new positive cases grew exponentially. To try to prevent contagion, the authorities decided to postpone their new travel strategy to October 1st. Until then, travelers are still subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The government of Hawaii has canceled the 14-day quarantine since mid-October and has welcomed visitors from all US states. Only a PCR test is required and a health tracking app download.
On the day of reopening, Hawaii received 8,000 visitors which is considered a great success and boosts the economy of the islands. (Source: dailymail.co.uk)