Hawai‘i Coronavirus Count Now 120: 14 New Cases, Maui Total is 16
As of noon on Friday, March 27, 2020, the state total count of positive coronavirus cases was 120, including 9 new cases on Oʻahu; two new cases each on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island; and one new case that is pending residency determination. Maui’s island count is now 16.
There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi to date.
Of those cases, 7% have required hospitalization, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas.
The state Department of Health reports that the majority of cases identified in Hawaiʻi have been introduced into the state by travelers, especially Hawaiʻi residents.
“We all need to practice social distancing (i.e., maintaining at least 6 ft distance or 2 arm’s length from others) as well as other important infection prevention measures (e.g., wash hands, clean surfaces regularly) to prevent widespread community transmission. Social distancing can reduce the spread of disease, prevent our healthcare system from being overburdened, and protect the most vulnerable members in our community from infection,” the department advises.
If you get sick, please stay home—get rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you are older or have an underlying medical condition and become ill, call your doctor.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Health is urging all residents to act now to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. (See What You Can Do).
HDOH is expanding existing statewide influenza surveillance to include testing for COVID-19 to identify cases of community spread of the new coronavirus. For 263 sentinel surveillance specimens collected between March 1 and March 20, all cases were negative for COVID-19 (0% positive). For more information see: COVID-19 Sentinel Surveillance.
Screening is being conducted at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) by local and federal authorities to identify travelers that require quarantine.
Anyone arriving in Hawaiʻi is being placed under mandatory quarantine and must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days from the time they arrived.
If you being to experience symptoms of COVID-19, jump to the following page: If You Become Sick