The number of people affected by COVID-19 in long term care settings has quadrupled in less than a month.
With hundreds of new COVID-19 cases confirmed every day, hospitals could run out of staff to care for patients.
The state is also postponing plans to reopen to tourism until at least Oct. 1.
Owners of small care homes say existing guidance is confusing, resources are scarce and they are not trained to deal with outbreaks of this nature.
Honolulu’s mayor still wants bars to close, but walked back efforts to mandate masks in public after being advised they aren’t medically necessary when people are socially distanced.
State officials urged the public to continue wearing masks, after 60 new cases were identified Friday.
UPDATED: An elderly woman on Oahu died on Wednesday, taking the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 26.