Today the Hawaii Department of Health reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 in Maui County. DOH reports 19 cases are from the Maui Community Correctional Center cluster, nine cases attributed to a Pacific Islander cluster and seven resulting from a bar and restaurant cluster. The 10 remaining cases are attributed to community spread, including seven connected to a previously diagnosed case, and two travel-related cases.
“DOH is following standard protocol with contact tracing and quarantine isolation,” Mayor Victorino said. “Hawaii Health Director Dr. Libby Char also confirmed the DOH will deploy a second round of vaccinations at the correctional facility and another vaccine round in affected housing complexes in Central Maui. I have also requested supplemental vaccines for Maui in the coming days and weeks.”
The Department of Health also included 31 historical cases dating back to November 9, 2020. Adding those 31 cases to historical totals, plus today’s 44 cases brings Maui County’s current case count to 2,331.
“Even after excluding the known clusters, 10 new cases are still more than we’d like,” said Mayor Victorino. “DOH officials report the California variant, recently identified on Maui, is more transmissible, so residents and visitors must be even more vigilant in following public health safety guidelines, especially wearing face masks, avoiding gatherings and maintaining a safe distance from others. I am consulting with our medical advisors to determine if additional restrictions are needed at this time.”