That quarantine is supposed to last for the two-week incubation period for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus inside the facility. But Espinda said overcrowding in the unit where the prisoners were quarantined prompted jail staff to move some prisoners out into the general population early.
Gov. David Ige said Thursday that the state may need to push back its planned Sept. 1 date for reopening the state to tourists with a modified quarantine.
The state has seen an average of 204 new daily cases over the last seven days, and recorded more cases so far in August than all prior months combined. Six percent of tests in the last week have come back positive, and 447 of the state’s cases so far have been among children under age 19.
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