WITH just a few people afflicted by coronavirus in Hawaii, officials are being vigilant about the bug to prevent its spread.
It wasn't until March 6 that Hawaii reported its first Covid-19 patient – a passenger from the ill-fated cruise ship Grand Princess.
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Is it safe to travel to Hawaii?
At present, there are no problems with traveling to Hawaii despite the coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in more than 1,200 infections and killed nearly 40 people across 43 states in the US.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority said on March 11 that the "visitor industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation".
Hawaii "has taken additional steps to enhance its efforts at hotels, attractions, restaurants and other public spaces across the Hawaiian Islands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors.
"The industry is also taking proactive steps to educate its workforce to continue practicing good hygiene at home and on the job.
"Travelers are reminded to do the same while visiting through a series of informational videos being played at baggage claim areas in all state airports."
What's the latest information on cases and flights?
Because of the current pandemic, airlines have been reducing flights to Hawaii, in line with a drop in passenger demand.
To date there have been only three coronavirus cases in Hawaii.
The first was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship, who became ill after returning home to Honolulu.
They are currently isolated at home, and are being monitored daily by health officials.
A second person was diagnosed with the disease on March 8 – an elderly person "who is hospitalized in serious condition in Oahu.
"That individual felt ill in Washington State on March 2, and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4," says the health department.
A Canadian doctor tested positive for coronavirus after returning to Ontario from holiday in Hawaii, according to Hawaii News Now .
Honolulu Civil Beat reported yesterday that “many people are wondering why the state has tested 22 people to date, since the State Laboratories Division has the capacity to conduct as many as 250 tests per week.
“Hawaii public health officials say [the slow roll-out] has to do with efficiency, resources and epidemiological risk.”
The Star Advertiser said that many private schools in Hawaii have canceled mainland and international travel "for the rest of the academic year" because of concerns over the coronavirus.
Iolani School, for example, told parents: "We must be committed to maintaining the health and safety of our students.
"As you know, the travel situation around the world is in a state of unknown."
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