The Hawai`i Department of Health is continuing to actively gather facts and interview individuals based on limited information about a husband and wife who travelled together from Japan to Hawaii and after returning home to Japan, tested positive for COVID-19. DOH officials say the Department immediately began an investigation to identify possible close contacts and determine health risk.
“To date, no individuals with prolonged close contact have been identified in Hawai`i,” a release from DOH on Tuesday read. “Casual contacts who are not at risk have been interviewed and are not in need of monitoring based on current federal guidelines. All persons identified are either low or no risk, and no one is required to be monitored under public health supervision related to this situation. Work to track possible close contacts is ongoing, and DOH is working closely with state, federal, and international partners.”
Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawai`i. DOH officials say they are actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The following DOH summary, as of Feb. 18, shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine because of their recent travel to China. These individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. International Airport.
COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of Feb. 18, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)
|Number of Confirmed Case(s)||0|
|Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending)||0|
|Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)||0|
|Number of Persons Under Quarantine||1|
|Number of Persons Self-Monitoring||42|
Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.
Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.
Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.
Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.
While Maui County continues to have no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Mayor Michael Victorino urged people to remain vigilant and take precautions against the spread of disease.
“We are in the flu season, and I ask everyone to take simple steps to prevent the spread of illness,” Mayor Victorino said. “These include washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; covering your mouth with a sleeve or wearing a mask when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when sick.”
“We are continuing to monitor concerns about the coronavirus with the state Department of Health and our federal partners,” Mayor Victorino said. “The Health Department is following protocols to protect the health and safety of our residents and visitors.”