Hawaii runs out of COVID quarantine rooms as tourists fill hotels – .

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Hawaii runs out of COVID quarantine rooms as tourists fill hotels – .



Hawaii COVID cases are skyrocketing: In the past week, the state recorded an average of 514 cases per day, more than double any period prior to August 2021. The state reported 643 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive day of cases. 600.

About 60% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, while 67.8% have received at least one dose. The new cases have been largely attributed to the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the virus.

The good news is that deaths are still low (six deaths from the virus have been reported in the past week), but the huge increase in community spread, combined with hotel rooms being filled again tourists, left no room for quarantine. Hospitalizations are also on the rise.

On the islands of Oahu and Hawaii, far fewer rooms are available for coronavirus-positive patients seeking self-quarantine than when cases were fewer in 2020, Honolulu Civil Beat reports.

“Hotels that provided isolation / quarantine rooms last year are now reserving those rooms for visitors,” said Brooks Baehr, a spokesperson for the Department of Health.

This graph shows the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, signaling a record 514 new cases on average over 7 days on August 9, 2021.
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Oahu currently has only 64 rooms available for quarantine, less than a quarter at the same time last year, although the number of cases is currently higher. All are currently full or being cleaned, while 30 people are on the waiting list.

In Hawaii County, no rooms are currently available for residents who need to be quarantined. The Honolulu Civil Beat reports that the island had a contract with hotels for 119 rooms, but that expired on July 31.

Quarantine rooms are especially important for those who live in overcrowded homes and cannot separate from their roommates or family members back home. Recent data shows that Native Hawaiians are much more likely to live in these conditions than other groups.

The health ministry spokesperson said the agency is currently trying to get more rooms.

Meanwhile, an announcement is expected this week from Gov. David Ige on reimposing the restrictions, as the new wave threatens to overwhelm the state’s healthcare system. This week, several hotels in the state set up triage tents to deal with the increase in hospitalizations. There are currently about 220 residents of Hawaii hospitalized with COVID; on July 1, that number was 40.

“We have to look at the restrictions again,” Ige told Spotlight Hawaii on Monday. “We were hoping that the number of cases would stabilize and start to normalize, but we are seeing exponential growth. “

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