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As of noon June 12, 15 new cases have been reported to the state of Hawai’i. Thirteen of these 15 cases are related to four already known cases and ongoing investigations. 

10 cases were part of a family in the same household. The family members were all in quarantine when someone in the family tested positive. 

The other 3 cases were from communities where the Department of Health was actively canvassing to provide educational information and offer testing. 

9 of the 15 new patients are adults and the other 6 are pediatric patients. 

On Thursday, the DOH reported 7 additional cases that brought the statewide total to 706. 

In a regular news briefing this morning, Gov. David Ige said that an increase in cases is expected as the state undergoes the reopening process. 

“Most importantly we have the capacity to handle this level of cases as we still have low numbers…still the best in the country,” Ige said. 

Hawaiʻi has implemented a few committees, headed by Lt. Gov. Josh Green and DOH Administrator Bruce Anderson, to investigate testing methods for travelers. 

Mike McCartney, administrator of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, is working with Gov. Ige to investigate modes of travel in the state. 

Chris Tatum, CEO and president of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, is leading the committee for guidelines in the visitor industry. 

“We have a lot of details to work through. Above all we want to protect the health of all Hawai‘i residents and we’ll provide updates when the plan is ready,” Ige said.

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Gabrielle Parmelee is a senior double majoring in English and Spanish at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She graduated from Hazen High School in 2017 in Renton, Washington State. Her favorite pastime is hiking with her dog, Nessie.