How COVID-19 is Affecting the Hawaiian Islands

The Coronavirus pandemic is on everybody’s mind, and authorities in Hawaii are doing everything they can to control the spread on the islands. As a small island chain, Hawaii is uniquely situated to handle the virus and has certain advantages the mainland does not enjoy. Without land transportation to worry about, authorities can focus on controlling the spread of existing cases and limiting new cases coming in from air and sea travel. In this article, we’ll discuss what residents can expect from COVID-19.

Like the rest of the nation, we are all committed to flattening the curve of new infections to limit the strain on our health care system. To date, there has been minimal community spread, and the number of total cases has not been increasing at an accelerated rate. The signs indicate that the measures taken by the government have proven effective, but there is still a long way to go before life gets back to normal. As of March 25th, 2020, everyone in the state is under a stay-at-home, work-at-home directive from the governor until at least April 30th.

Quarantine For New Arrivals

Social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of Coronavirus because it drastically reduces the chances of transmission. Infected individuals must be mindful not to infect other people in their proximity and must also be careful not to contaminate surfaces with the virus, which can also lead to transmission. Since March 26th, all new arrivals to the islands have been required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of April 1st, this mandatory quarantine has also been required for any individuals traveling between islands.

Courier, delivery man in protective mask and medical gloves delivers takeaway food. Delivery service under quarantine

There Is No Supply Shortage

All the supply chains are still in place, and authorities do not anticipate any shortage in basic necessities such as food or prescription medicines. Residents are encouraged to practice normal shopping behavior and not horde products. Shortages on products such as toilet paper and hand sanitizers have been common throughout the nation, and new supplies are being allocated so as to prevent further hoarding. All residents are encouraged to limit their shopping to necessities and try not to leave the house more than once a week.

Schools Are Closed

Schools are closed through at least April 30th, but many schools have remained open for meal distribution. Online activities and educational programs are available on the state Foundation on Arts and Culture web page to give children and adults learning and entertainment opportunities they can engage in from the safety of their own homes.

Elementary school kids run home because school is cancelled

Stay Safe At Home

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on our nation and our economy. However, the numbers of new cases indicate that the actions taken by the government have been effective at slowing the spread of the virus. One federal stimulus bill has already passed, and further bills have been proposed that will lessen the economic impact of this event.

It’s important that everyone stays calm and practices social distancing for the required amount of time to ensure the health of all our citizens. With patience and a commitment to one another, we will soon navigate this pandemic and return to our regular lives. For more information on the latest happenings in Hawaii, check out Kona Directory today!


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