COVID-19 as of March 11, 2020
Situation in Hawaii
- On March 8, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) identified a second presumptive positive test result of COVID-19 for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. This announcement follows Hawaii’s first positive case of COVID-19 on March 6 which involved a local resident who was likely exposed while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.
- The Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau urge travelers to follow public health authorities’ recommendations for good hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides comprehensive information on its website: HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/SUMMARY.HTML. The CDC is also updating coronavirus travel related information here: WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/TRAVELERS/INDEX.HTML.
- Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to maintain the highest standards for sanitation and has taken additional steps to enhance its efforts at hotels, attractions, restaurants and other public spaces across the Hawaiian Islands to prevent the spread of infectious diseases amongst residents and visitors. The industry is also taking proactive steps to educate its workforce to continue practicing good hygiene at home and on the job.
- Daily updates from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) can be found at: HTTPS://HEALTH.HAWAII.GOV/NEWS/COVID-19-UPDATES/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Notice Levels
- Level 3: Warning – Avoid all non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran, South Korea
- Level 2: Alert – Practice enhanced precautions in travel to Japan
- Level 1: Watch – Practice usual precautions in travel to Hong Kong
What You Can Do
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging everyone to help prevent the spread of the respiratory illness with these everyday actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Sign up for public notifications at HTTPS://HEALTH.HAWAII.GOV/NEWS/COVID-19-UPDATES/
The Hawaii Tourism Authority continues to monitor the situation via the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health (HDOH). The available information continues to evolve, and you may want to bookmark the below sites as a resource for up-to-date information:
- COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS
- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
- Fact Sheet:
Current as of February 3, 2020
Haena State Park Update / North Shore Road Update
- Entrance to Haena State Park (which includes the Kalalau Trail, Hanakapiai Falls, Kee Beach) requires advance paid reservations for the park and its parking lot. If you do not have a paid reservation for that specific day, you will be kindly asked to turn around. Walk-ins require advanced reservations too. For more information please go to: HTTPS://DLNR.HAWAII.GOV/DSP/PARKS/KAUAI/HAENA-STATE-PARK/
- HTTPS://WWW.GOHAENA.COM/ Gets you Haena State Park information and North Shore Shuttle information.
- Limahuli Garden is now open and requires advance reservations. Parking at Limahuli is only for the garden and NOT for Haena State Park.
- For more information, please visit the DLNR STATE PARKS HAENA-NAPALI ACCESS WEBPAGE. Please check this site often for additional updates.