Two O‘ahu residents are the 28th and 29th casualties of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. An elderly female, with underlying medical conditions, had been a resident at a Pearl City nursing home, but then was hospitalized. An elderly man, also with underlying health issues, was also in the hospital when he died.
“The passing of this man really demonstrates how rapidly and invisibly COVID-19 is spreading through our communities, particularly on O‘ahu and particularly associated with clusters,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “A close contact of this individual attended a spin class at a gym taught by a person linked to the Hawaiian Airlines cluster.”
DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson expressed condolences to both the man and woman’s families and friends.
“This is why taking personal responsibility is so critical as we continue to see this rise in COVID-19 cases,” said Anderson. “If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re around other people, wear your mask, and practice physical distancing. These are proven methods to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”