Hawaiian officials are tightening restrictions after a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide — with the majority of the cases on the island of Oahu.
About 200 new cases and two new deaths were reported Thursday, Gov. David Ige said.
There is no question that the virus is surging,” he said. “This is the last thing that we wanted to do … As we reopen our community people let their guard down. It’s been very disappointing.”
Ige announced that a 14-day inter-island travel quarantine will be in place starting August 11 to stop further spread to other islands.
Bruce Anderson, Director of Hawaii Department of Health, said 117 Covid patients are in the hospital statewide, with 115 of them on Oahu.
More than 53% of the ICU beds on the island are filled, he said.