Hawaii reports first COVID-19 case

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) today announced the first positive test results for a person under investigation on Oahu. The individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico and became ill after flying home to Oahu. Patient is currently isolated at home with mild to moderate symptoms. At this time, no close contacts with the patient have been identified.

Vice President Mike Pence announced today that there were 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Grand Princess cruise ship that made port calls to Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, on February 26, Honolulu Harbor on February 27, Lahaina, Maui, on February 28, and Hilo on February 29. DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to notify any passengers in Hawaii and trace any close contacts.

In anticipation of possible cases, DOH had already received manifests from the ship through CDC prior to today’s confirmation. Close contact is defined as close personal face-to-face contact for more than 10 minutes. DOH will investigate who is still here, who is sick and help them get care or ensure they are under appropriate isolation or quarantine.

DOH is capable of conducting in-state testing for up to 250 individuals per week for COVID-19. Results can be ready within 24 to 48 hours of a sample being collected. This enhances the state’s prevention and mitigation response capabilities to further safeguard the health of people in Hawaii. The FDA is overseeing the development of commercially manufactured test kits for private and clinical laboratories that may be available next week.

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