COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?
Today’s case count is the highest Monday count on record with a statewide total of 720 new cases and 10,946 active cases. Yesterday was the first day that the state reached 10,000 active cases. Hawai‘i is geographically remote, which makes our health system extremely vulnerable. Our hospitals cannot handle the demand and we face a new crisis with the Delta variant that is spreading rapidly.
With the current surge in cases, we will send out updates in between our regular bi-weekly COVID-19 newsletters. These updates will be topical and shorter than our newsletters.
How Do We Flatten The Curve?
We lead by example, encourage candor, support collaboration and work together to practice effective strategies in mitigating the spread: getting vaccinated, continuing to wear a mask, physical distancing and practicing personal hygiene.
Today, Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced the new Safe Access O‘ahu program effective September 13. This program will require patrons entering restaurants, bars, gyms, zoos, museums, movie theaters and other establishments to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48 hours. All employees of these establishments must also show proof of vaccination or get tested weekly. Children under 12 will be exempt; the program is scheduled to last 60 days. More details to follow in next Monday’s update.