Hawaii Will Quarantine Americans
According to the governor of Hawaii’s proclamation, every American visiting any of the state’s islands will be quarantined beginning March 26, 2020.
Announced by Governor David Y. Ige in a 2nd supplemental emergency proclamation, all individuals, both residents, and visitors, arriving or returning to Hawaiʻi, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
Failure to follow this order is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment, or both.
This is the 1st such quarantine action in the USA.
“With the majority of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” said Gov. Ige, in a press statement.
Furthermore, all visitors and residents arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed during the flight.
Upon arrival in Hawaii, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint.
This form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties, such as the following:
- Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.
- Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of your stay in the State of Hawai‘i, whichever is shorter.
- Do not visit any public spaces, including but not limited to pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
- Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider, or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by the Director of HIEMA.
- If you become ill with a fever or cough:
- Continue to stay in designated quarantine location, avoid contact with others and contact a healthcare provider for further instructions on treatment or testing.
- If you are older or have any medical conditions (e.g., immune compromise, diabetes, asthma), consult your regular healthcare provider.
- If you feel you need medical care, contact a healthcare provider and inform them of your travel history.
- If you need urgent medical care (e.g., have difficulty breathing), call 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know your travel history.
The mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. And the enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaiʻi’s four counties.
“These actions are extreme.”
“But they will help flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for a quicker recovery. We need everyone to comply with these quarantine orders to help protect Hawaiʻi’s residents,” added Governor Ige.
As of March 22, 2020, data sources indicate Hawaii has reported 56 SARS-CoV-2 cases this year, with 6% of these individuals have been hospitalized, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas. There have been no deaths.
The island of Honolulu has confirmed 41 cases.
HDOH website says, 'We are actively working to detect potential cases of COVID-19 as early as possible by monitoring our disease surveillance systems to identify persons that require investigation and testing and are reviewing internal protocols to ensure proper management of cases.'
And, HDOH is expanding existing statewide influenza surveillance to include testing for COVID-19 to identify cases of community spread of the new coronavirus.
COVID-19 travel news published by Vax Before Travel.