Big Island Mayor calls for ‘mindful masking’ as the number of COVID-19 cases increases
Big Island Mayor calls for ‘mindful masking’ as the number of COVID-19 cases increases

Big Island Mayor calls for ‘mindful masking’ as the number of COVID-19 cases increases

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth today urged Hawaii Islanders to practice “mindful masking” as COVID-19 cases are rising across the state.

By “deliberate masking,” Roth said in a press release that masking is strongly encouraged when in large gatherings, grocery stores, indoor gathering places, aboard public transportation, and in bars and restaurants when not actively eating and drinking.

Hawaii County has no mandate that requires the use of masks, though private property and business owners can make their own COVID-related rules.

“We are simply asking our residents to continue to pay attention in their interaction with each other,” Mayor Roth said in a press release. “Even though we have moved on to a time when we are learning to live with the virus, it is still very much a threat and there are many people with health problems who make the virus a serious risk to their well-being. We do not want to go back to a period of mandates to help control the spread.We have been there, done that, and we know what works at this point in the game.That’s why we again urge our communities to keep each other in security and get us through the current wave – for sure. “

Hawaii County remains at the yellow community level with medium risk, while Kauai, Honolulu and Maui counties last Thursday rose to red, high risk levelaccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yet Hawaii County has reported more than 1,400 new cases over a 14-day period, the statement said.

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 850 new weekly cases in Hawaii County, a daily average that rose to 107, and an average test positivity of 13.9%.

According to the CDC guidelines, those living in high-risk communities should wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public transport and in public transport, regardless of vaccination status.

The measurements for determining the levels of society are based on hospitalization rates, the number of hospitalized beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and case rates per. 100,000 people.

Hawaii County said hospital admissions due to COVID on the island remain manageable, with a daily maximum of 16 admissions over the past month compared to a daily maximum of 69 during the delta rise.

The island’s intensive care units have limited capacity, but are not yet overloaded with COVID patients, and only one COVID patient is on a respirator.

But residents should take a COVID test every time they experience symptoms related to coronavirus, a known contact to someone who has tested positive, or returning from a trip, the county said.

Visit hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus for more information on test opportunities around the island.


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