Health officials believe employees did not distance enough in the lunch room and masks were used improperly, according to a case cluster report published weekly. Risk for virus transmission is highest when people are within six feet of each other for at least 15 minutes. Investigators also cited “potentially inadequate measures to reduce environmental contamination when turning over rooms between guests.”
The case cluster report continued, “Because hotel industry employees have contact with travelers arriving from parts of the world that may be experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, concern is heightened that those working in and adjacent to the hotel and accommodation industry could be a source of local outbreaks if they contract COVID-19 at work and then transmit it to household members and other community contacts.”
The largest clusters in the state have been associated with correctional facilities. Other recent outbreaks have been associated with restaurants, the food supply industry and the construction and industrial sectors.
Civil Beat’s virus tracker is updated when the state releases its daily numbers. The state posts new data daily at noon. Daily reports reflect laboratory results collected up until 11:59 p.m. two days prior, leaving a 36-hour lag between when results are submitted to the Department of Health and when the state reports them publicly.
Across the state, 2.5% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. On Oahu, that figure was 2.9% and in Maui County, it was the highest at 3.9%, although Friday marked the first decline to Maui’s rate in about a week.
Three more hospitalizations were recorded Friday. Approximately 83 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, with 20 people in intensive care units and 16 using ventilators, down from 25 people reported to be using ventilators Thursday.
Source: The City and County of Honolulu * The current case numbers and test positivity rate may not correlate with the metrics set for a specific tier as the county must spend at least four consecutive weeks in a tier and meet the metrics for the next tier before advancing, according to the reopening plan. More information of the City and County of Honolulu’s reopening strategy as well as details of the restrictions of Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 can be found at oneoahu.org