Kawakami weighs in on new Safe Travels policy

LIHU‘E — At the very least 44 travelers making use of the state’s Harmless Travels gained positive COVID-19 test results upon arrival or in the adhering to days, Gov. David Ige described Thursday.

And 10 of people have been on Kaua‘i, with a new instance as just lately as Thursday.

Starting upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 24, domestic and worldwide vacationers will need to have to have their COVID-19 test effects ahead of traveling to be ready to bypass a two-7 days quarantine, Ige introduced.

“We were introducing this protection precaution now in reaction to the dramatically expanding quantity of COVID-19 scenarios in the continental United States and all over the environment,” Ige reported. “(Forty-4) is not a big quantity, but it is adequate to modify the policy.”

Up until eventually now, if a traveler was ready on results, they would quarantine until the outcomes arrived in. In addition to the threat of traveling although contagious, this developed a backlog of quarantined travelers who desired their exams manually confirmed.

Mayor Derek Kawakami experienced been pushing for this alter, even requesting before this week for a similar enforcement as a local unexpected emergency rule.

On Monday, Kawakami and his administration sent two proposals to the governor’s business office as fill-ins to the Safe Travels procedure. The initially rule requests a required, 72-hour quarantine with a article-arrival exam, and a different rule would call for the Safe and sound Travel exam benefits prior to flying into the county or encounter the two-week quarantine.

Kawakami and Ige spoke Wednesday, exactly where the governor expressed aid for the latter, which he manufactured formal in his Thursday announcement.

“As far as pinpointing some of the gaps in the Harmless Travels process, I
seriously am grateful the governor has made a decision to demand that detrimental exam outcome,” Kawakami claimed.

However, he’s waiting around to see the specifics of the coverage adjust just before throwing his bodyweight guiding it. “It’s even now a minor premature to say if there is really going to be any teeth at the rear of it, but it is incredibly promising.”

Kawakami is nevertheless pushing for a obligatory publish-arrival exam, ideally 3 days immediately after arrival. His administration has not formally listened to back on that proposed nearby rule.

“Health gurus are indicating that you ought to check as considerably as you can, and that is why we felt a required second examination is essential,” Kawakami reported.

Given that Oct. 15, the Safe Travels method has screened around 273,020 individuals, with about 89% bypassing the quarantine with unfavorable tests. The remaining 7,217 have quarantined, Lt. Gov. Josh Green claimed Thursday.

The Risk-free Travels surveillance and evaluation software has caught 27 constructive cases out of 17,270 exams, resulting in about 1.6 out of 1,000 people examined, Environmentally friendly mentioned, noting that beneficial case counts are largely thanks to a lot less limits, not incoming travelers.

“It’s typically us, but that is due to the fact we are with one particular a further at get the job done, at enjoy and so on,” Green claimed.

Kawakami claimed he hopes it in no way will get to the issue wherever the county would need to have to choose-out of the Safe Travels application, as that would mark a devastating point in the pandemic.

But as tourists occur in and open up the island to new opportunity exposures and hazards, the messaging stays the exact, Kawakami claimed.

“It’s about mastering how to coexist with a virus, suitable? We’re not heading to go to war against (a struggle) we’ll get rid of,” he explained. “You just have to know how to continue to keep you secure and actually coexist with it with out spreading it.”

And which is what he’s been saying because the beginning by enforcing mask-donning, urging amplified handwashing and limiting gatherings. The strategy of herd immunity, he explained, “is not a approach I would ever advocate for on Kaua‘i.”

“It wouldn’t be in line with our cultural values as far as taking treatment of our kupuna and using care of individuals that need defense,” he said. “Our difficulties are the exact same worries all over the place else. For me as mayor, I’m really lucky that we have a community that has been via adversity prior to because they by now know how to occur jointly.”


Sabrina Bodon, community safety and governing administration reporter, can be arrived at at 245-0441 or [email protected]