HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Almost 30% of all COVID-19 cases in Hawaii since the end of June – when the delta variant appeared on the islands have been among native Hawaiians.
This is according to the latest statistics from the state health department.
Overall, Native Hawaiians account for nearly a quarter of all infections in Hawaii since the pandemic began in 2020. That’s over 12,000 infections, which is more than any other ethnicity in Hawaii.
Native Hawaiians are also at the top of the list for COVID-related hospitalizations, according to the State Department of Health.
Chantelle Matagi is the lead investigator for contact tracing for the state health department.
She said it was difficult to keep up with the increase in the number of cases and get people to cooperate with contact tracing efforts.
As a member of the indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community, she said it was also difficult to see how the situation had deteriorated among this population.
“What we have to keep in mind is that COVID-19 is a disease and with all diseases there is a risk, and with those who are not vaccinated you run the risk of falling. sick and eventually die, ”she said.
“And while a lot of people say, ‘oh, it’s only 1%,’ that 1% is someone’s parent, is someone’s child. He is a member of the community. Why wouldn’t we want them to be there?
COVID Pau is a group of public and private partners who collect and provide data and stories to the community, including Indigenous Hawaiians.
“We have seen the Delta variant soar and some of the consequences that come with it,” said Naalehu Anthony, of COVID Pau.
“We’re also seeing that there are mandates both at the county and city level, but also with some of the companies saying, well, okay, you need to be vaccinated. We therefore believe that this opens up these opportunities for conversations both virtually but also face to face. “
COVID Pau will organize several screening and vaccination events in the coming days:
- Wahiawa General Hospital Saturday, September 25 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Site of the former Waimanalo quarry Saturday, September 25 and October 16 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Waianae Mall Saturday, September 25 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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