Low COVID-19 counts key to restoring tourism

Low COVID-19 counts key to restoring tourism

Continued low COVID-19 case counts in Hawaii and acceleration in distribution of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to play a key role in recovering Hawaii tourism, which should get a boost next month when Kauai rejoins the Safe Travels Hawaii program. State Department of Health officials Sunday reported one new coronavirus-related death on Maui and 53 new infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 445 fatalities and 27,891 virus cases. Sunday’s new statewide infection cases include 25 on Oahu, 12 on Maui, eight on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and six residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, according to state health officials. The statistics released Sunday reflect the new infection cases reported to the department Friday. By island, Oahu has 339 active cases, Maui has 272, the Big Island has 41 and Kauai has six. Low case counts, especially on Kauai, were part of the reason that Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami asked to rejoin Safe Travels Hawaii and Gov. David Ige approved the request Friday. Starting April 5, travelers to Kauai who follow the Safe Travels …
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