Hawaii island approaches full Covid lockdown
The pull and pull of Covid in action on an island of 180,000. Watching this play out fascinates me. BTW, I oppose mandatory Covid vaccination of non-military. What say ye?
This has not risen to the level of the 2020 Covid restrictions but could. Last year beaches were closed, barber shops were closed and most restaurants closed. Now, gatherings both indoor and outdoor are restricted to 10 people. The quarantine fine has been reduced to $500 and schools are opening for the keikis. It will be interesting to see how the sheriff’s department responds this time. Last year they were handing out tickets at our local beach and elsewhere. Masks indoors have always been mandatory. Traveling to the Hawaiian islands was a challenge with mandatory quarantine at first followed by that or pre-flight testing. Now one can travel to the islands on a vaccination card. Tourism is booming right now and the mayor has asked tourists to postpone. That is not because tourists are bringing Covid, it’s because they are thought to be helping to drive the surge by keeping restaurants and hotels full at capacity. And, they can consume hospital capacity.
I think what is driving the new restrictions is hospital capacity. For example, Hilo Medical (the big hospital on the island) is setting up extra Covid beds and has brought in out of state nurses, although not as many as they planned on. Sending overflow patients to Oahu is off the table for now as Oahu is also bumping up against hospital capacity.
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