The Department of Health announced 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday April 18.
Seventeen of the new cases came from Hawaii County, where there was a group of COVID-19 cases among McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona.
Two McDonald’s restaurants, one at Kona Commons and one at Kailua-Kona Walmart, remain closed after 14 positive cases were identified last week.
DOH reported on Saturday that there were a total of 29 confirmed cases associated with the cluster, including 17 employees and 12 household members.
DOH said it is conducting contact tracing for new cases and continues to monitor employees and their family members, all of whom are in isolation or quarantine.
The mayor of the island of Hawaii, Harry Kim, said that he did not believe that a single worker had spread it in both places, “but it was from the same family who worked in the two places. “
He said all employees at the two sites had been tested last week.
Lieutenant Governor Dr. Josh Green said he did not think clients were affected by the cluster.
As of this week, the island of Hawaii has had few cases of COVID-19. The new cluster accounts for almost half of the county’s total cases dating back to February 28.
“They would pose an extremely low risk,” he said.
“I haven’t heard of any customers and the chance after a few seconds of being in contact with someone is extremely low that you will catch them. The reason you see it from your colleagues is that they spent 8-10 hours as a team together, “he said.
Lieutenant-Governor Green said it is important that food handlers are extremely vigilant about hygiene.
“It is important to wash your hands three, four, five times more often if they work with food or prepare food,” he said.
Mayor Kim and Lieutenant-Governor Green have said that this cluster shows how quickly the virus can spread.
“We’ve only had a few cases here in Oahu, with the largest population, but the bad news is that a hot spot has emerged in Kona and that shows you how quickly it can happen. It can happen extraordinarily quickly, so people have to be on guard, if you have symptoms, stay away from people, “said Lieutenant-Governor Green.
“It is a small setback for Big Island, but in general, this state is going in the right direction,” he continued.
“We are about to be able to eliminate this thing and we have about 12 days left in the month and we can delete it during this period, but that is also why we cannot abruptly end family isolation because if we lifting it, we would see explosive growth, “said Lieutenant-Governor Green.
Driving tests will take place at several locations on the island of Hawaii next week.
Sunday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilo Civic Center
Monday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Keauhou shopping center in Kona
Thursday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Keauhou shopping center in Kona
Screenings will take place at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View on Wednesday April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.