Hawaii has first case of COVID-19

Governor David Ige and the Department of Health officials confirmed Hawaiiʻs first case of COVID-19.

An Oahu man who traveled on the Grand Princessʻ voyage from San Francisco to Mexico thatʻs been linked to more than two dozen coronavirus cases has tested positive for the virus. The man traveled in early February, and flew directly home to Honolulu from Mexico. The same ship later docked at four Hawaii ports.

The Department of Health said, “We don’t believe the patient had close contact with anyone else, but we’re still investigating.”

The DOH would not disclose the date of his flight, what airline he took, or any other details about his age and current situation. The man had decided to self-quarantine himself as a precaution, and saw a doctor when he fell ill, DOH Director Bruce Anderson told Civil Beat. A test conducted Friday at the Hawaii State Laboratory confirmed he was infected with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises everyone to take precautions and prepare for the worst. More information can be found here.


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