Today the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the Hawai‘i Department of Health has reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, all on Oʻahu. Two individuals who tested positive have been hospitalized.
This is the second day of steadily increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.
2 of today's 17 new cases are related to a single household cluster, bringing the household to a total of 12 individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus.
300 individuals in households surrounding that single household cluster have been tested and their results have all come back negative.
Even with the relatively large increase in numbers, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park remained confident about the statewide bed capacity and that the increase is an inevitable mark of Hawaiʻi slowly resuming normal activities.
“We always knew with the reopening of activities and businesses across the state we would see increases in coronavirus infections. Two of the cases reported today did require hospitalization but our statewide bed capacity remains strong,” Park said.
However, she still emphasized the importance of continuing safe practices to prevent further spread of the virus.
“These new cases are reminders for all of us to maintain safe practices to prevent even higher case surges which could threaten our state’s healthcare capacity,” Park said.
Safe practices include physical distancing at a minimum of six feet, washing hands frequently, staying home if sick, and wearing a mask in public places.