Hawai`i Department of Health officials are hoping to dispel the notion that tourists are making up the majority of COVID-19 positive cases in Hawai`i.
In a Friday evening e-mail, officials say that the stigma developing against visitors in Hawai`i is misguided.
“Of the 37 positive test results to date, 31 of them are the result of traveling residents,” the e-mail reads. “The majority of cases are residents who returned home after traveling.”
DOH says that at this time, there may be residents returning home from a school that has closed or from other essential travel. It is important for all travelers to monitor their health for 14 days after traveling and to stay at home if they become sick and avoid exposing others.