Hawaii’s governor says that beginning Oct. 15, vacationers arriving from out of state might bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement in the event that they check destructive for COVID-19
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September 17, 2020, 3:02 AM
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HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige mentioned Wednesday that beginning Oct. 15, vacationers arriving from out of state might bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement in the event that they check destructive for COVID-19.
Vacationers must take the check inside 72 hours earlier than their flight arrives within the islands. Ige mentioned drug retailer operator CVS and healthcare supplier Kaiser Permanente will conduct the exams as a part of an settlement with the state.
Earlier this yr Ige deliberate to begin a pre-travel testing program on Aug. 1 solely to should postpone it as COVID-19 instances spiked on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii. A scarcity of testing provides additionally compelled delays. One other begin date for Sept. 1 was additionally canceled. Airways are anticipated to assist inform vacationers of the requirement.
Hawaii leaders are hopeful that pre-travel testing will encourage individuals to return to Hawaii in a approach that retains residents secure. Tourism visitors to the state has plunged greater than 90% because the pandemic started, forcing a whole lot of motels to shut and pushing many individuals out of labor.
“I wish to emphasize that this pre-travel testing will enable us so as to add a larger ingredient of security for journey into our state,” Ige mentioned at a information convention.
Lt. Gov. Josh Inexperienced, who joined the information convention by way of Zoom as a result of he examined constructive for the illness and is isolating at residence, mentioned this system will present financial alternative at a time when so many individuals are struggling. Upheaval from the pandemic pushed almost one-quarter of Hawaii’s workforce into joblessness. In April, Hawaii had the third-worst unemployment price within the nation after Nevada and Michigan.
“I fear about the long run impacts of financial misery and that affect this has on our individuals, once they can’t afford their houses as simply or groceries or well being care,” Inexperienced mentioned.
On Wednesday, the state Division of Well being reported Hawaii had a mean of 118 instances per day for the previous seven days. That is down from a seven-day day by day common of 255 on Aug. 28.