The DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) reported that 3 Hawaiʻi residents have died from Coronavirus bringing the state’s total to 22 deaths. Additionally, a confirmed 86 new cases since Friday, July 10 were reported, many of which are clusters of cases.
“We all extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of these 3 people. The best tribute to their lives and to the lives of all 22 people who’ve lost the fight against Coronavirus, is getting everyone in Hawai‘i to take personal responsibility for their own health and the health of everyone around them,” State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said.
One Hawai‘i resident from Kaua‘i died in Arizona where he was being treated for underlying medical conditions. The two other victims both resided and died on O‘ahu.
A majority of the new cases reported over the weekend are associated with previously reported clusters. New cases have been spread from one cluster to another.
A cluster of 44 cases traced back to a Hawaiian Airlines training activity has been linked to a cluster of 20 cases associated with two O‘ahu gyms.
“This clearly shows how easily and quickly this virus can spread from person-to-person and from place-to-place when people are not practicing physical distancing, not wearing masks, not staying home when sick, and possibly not washing their hands frequently and thoroughly,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said.
Gatherings where community-spread is highly likely include businesses, urgent care and long-term facilities, pau hana gatherings, and social interactions such as birthday parties and religious functions.
Dr. Anderson said personal responsibility is needed in order to avoid further spikes in cases and fatalities.
“While the majority of Hawai‘i’s residents are using safe practices, clearly there are some who are not, and frankly unless everyone pays attention, we’ll unfortunately continue to see illnesses and deaths associated with COVID-19. Personal responsibility is the way we’ll again flatten the curve and retain Hawai‘i’s leadership through this unprecedented public health crisis. The upward trend of cases not only impacts people’s health but will likely delay our state’s economic recovery,” Anderson said.