A pedestrian carrying a protecting masks passes in entrance of a vacant storefront displaying graffiti that reads “Unmask Maui” in Paia, Maui County, Hawaii, U.S., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige will reinstate restrictions to curb the unfold of the coronavirus as circumstances within the state proceed to climb and state well being officers predict extra deaths and hospitalizations within the weeks to come back.
“There is no such thing as a query that the virus is surging in our state, and I do know that many are fearful about their well being,” Ige mentioned at a press briefing Thursday. “As we reopened our group, individuals let their guard down. It has been very disappointing.”
As of Thursday, circumstances in Hawaii have grown by greater than 85% over the earlier week, hitting a file excessive of roughly 132 new circumstances per day primarily based on a seven-day shifting common, based on a CNBC evaluation of knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
The just about 3,000 complete circumstances in Hawaii are comparatively low in contrast with different states, however Ige mentioned the latest surge poses a menace to the state’s hospital system.
“We’re additionally seeing a rise in hospitalizations, and from the start we now have all said that our well being care capability is a key indicator that we have to monitor to make sure that the variety of Covid-19 circumstances doesn’t overwhelm our hospitals and our health-care system,” Ige mentioned.
Of the 117 complete hospitalized Covid-19 sufferers in Hawaii, 115 have been on Oahu, house to Honolulu, mentioned Bruce Anderson, director of the state’s Division of Well being. Greater than half of the intensive-care unit beds on the island are crammed, he mentioned.
“Presently, it is projected that our intensive care items on the hospitals on Oahu shall be crammed to capability and overrun by the tip of this month,” Anderson mentioned. “There shall be extra deaths and extra hospitalizations in weeks to come back due to gatherings and different actions from crowding.”
Ige mentioned the state will reinstate its inter-island travel restrictions starting on Tuesday, ordering vacationers arriving in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao counties to quarantine for 14 days. The inter-island quarantine, which was beforehand lifted on June 16, will proceed by way of the tip of August until it is terminated or prolonged by a separate proclamation, based on the order.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell mentioned the just about 300 metropolis and county parks on the island of Oahu will shut starting Friday by way of Sept. 5, together with the seashores. He mentioned there shall be no actions allowed on the seashore or within the parks, though residents can nonetheless stroll on them to surf, swim, fish and different actions.
“I do know that a lot of you can be dissatisfied to listen to this information — inter-island journey was an vital manner for households to be in contact — however I want this was not crucial however the well being and security of our group stays our highest precedence,” Ige mentioned.”I hate it once I see individuals not carrying masks, gathering in public locations on the seashore or on the parks, or partying with no regard to the well being and security of our group.”