The state Department of Health said today that the two new cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, are Oahu residents who had traveled outside Hawaii.
“The health department monitors these individuals and monitors their isolation as well as the quarantine of their own family members,” officials said this afternoon.
In addition, the coronavirus case confirmed by a Kualoa Ranch travel guide, which was announced on Monday, did not travel but had been exposed to travelers daily, officials said. Three family members from the person’s home were tested with negative results, they said.
“All cases that tested positive in Hawaii are travel-related,” according to the Department of Health. “There is no evidence that the community is spreading in Hawaii right now.”
“As COVID-19 is expanding globally and now nationwide, we are discovering more cases filed in our state by visitors and residents,” the State Department of Health said on its website https://health.hawaii.gov/ . “Although we don’t have an indication of community broadcast yet, these presentations are troubling, and each represents an opportunity for COVID-19 to spread in our state.”
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, “dissemination in the community means that people have been infected by the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they were infected.”