The U.S. has recorded 5,800 breakthrough cases, 74 of which were fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those cases make up far less than 1% of fully vaccinated people, U.S. News and World Report reported.
The Department of Health continues to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks across the islands.
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DOH disease investigators report that 21 COVID-19 clusters on Maui in the past two weeks have been associated within the tourism industry, a church and schools.
Officials do not specify locations or business names, but note in the Weekly Cluster Report that seven of the Maui clusters accounted for 93 total infections in the tourism industry and six resulted in 48 COVID-19 infections in school settings.
The outbreak that started at the King’s Cathedral in Kahului has grown to involve 90 people, 75 of whom had attended the church in person, and 15 of whom contracted the virus through a personal contact.
Increasing transmission on Maui could be related to the prevalence of a more contagious variant that has become the county’s dominant strain, according to state health officials.
About 82% of Maui COVID-19 specimens tested in March were the California variant, said Edward Desmond, the administrator of the DOH Hawaii State Laboratories Division, which conducts routine testing of specimens across the state.
“I think that’s probably the explanation why case rates are high there and there’ve been a lot more sick people on Maui in recent weeks,” he said in a video posted on Instagram by the health department.
Vaccine eligibility is poised to open to all Hawaii adults this Monday, but officials warned appointment availability will depend on the supply, especially as the state’s stock has been cut while distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on hold.
Meanwhile, plans to ease travel by creating a quarantine exemption for those who have been vaccinated is still under discussion while details such as how to handle lost vaccine cards or prepare airport screeners are hammered out, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Friday.
Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii is considering making shots mandatory, except for those who cannot receive the vaccine for health reasons, Hawaii News Now reported. At least 50 American colleges and universities report they intend to require COVID-19 vaccines starting this fall.
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