By Wendy Osher
County and state leaders are making changes as they work to streamline operations following Thursday’s launch of pre-travel COVID-19 testing in Hawaiʻi.
With almost 3,000 vacationers screened in Maui County on Thursday, points surfaced over long lines and issues with some guests offering checks from non-approved amenities.
“That is solely day two and we notice a lot of issues occurred. The trusted accomplice program, or having accepted extra applications, could also be step one. The governor and the state has agreed that they’re trying into it,” mentioned Maui Mayor Michael Victorino in response to Maui Now’s questioning at a Friday press briefing.
“Hopefully by subsequent week, they’ll have a overwhelming majority of them accepted,” mentioned Mayor Victorino noting that dozens of different firms are below evaluation for inclusion in this system. Beneath this system, trans-Pacific vacationers can take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Check (NAAT) from a testing accomplice accepted by the state inside 72 hours from the ultimate leg of departure to Hawaiʻi; and if given a destructive consequence for COVID-19, are allowed to bypass the state’s 14-day necessary quarantine.
It was not instantly accessible the variety of people who tried to supply outcomes from non-approved amenities in Maui County.
Mayor Victorino mentioned staggering flights would assist to alleviate lengthy traces within the holding space of the airport. In keeping with the Mayor, six flights arrived inside two hours on Thursday, with almost 800 individuals deplaning.
“You noticed it in Honolulu, Kauaʻi–each island had the identical drawback as a result of the airways have schedules which make them land at sure intervals of time. A few of it’s dictated by the place they departed from due to gates and slots for departures need to be taken up at sure instances otherwise you lose them. There’s a lot of different points–not solely FAA points, and state points, however even what we do right here,” he mentioned.
Mayor Victorino mentioned extra screeners “staffed at pivotal instances” would assist to get the system to work extra cohesively.
Meantime, the bump in arrivals has supplied hope for the island’s closely dependent tourism trade, with many lodging and hospitality-related businesses scheduling their reopening round this week’s launch.
Traveler Screening Replace:
In keeping with the state of Hawaiʻi Secure Travels purposes, 2,981 passengers have been screened on Oct.15 in Maui County. That is nicely above the each day customer depend which has ranged from 39 and 211 home guests over the primary two weeks of October; however nonetheless nicely under the 4,600 to eight,000 each day customer depend over the identical interval final yr.
The breakdown contains 2,156 guests and 825 residents. Of that quantity, 1,807 arrived into Kahului Airport; 22 traveled to Molokaʻi Airport; and 6 traveled into Lānaʻi Metropolis Airport.
“Some key takeaways we realized from yesterday is the overwhelming majority of trans-Pacific vacationers acquired a destructive pre-departure check earlier than coming into Maui,” mentioned Maui Managing Director Sandy Baz.
Of the vacationers that got here in, 2,614 (59 %) have been exempt from the 14-day quarantine after offering a destructive COVID-19 check from an accepted state accomplice. Thirty % have been inter-county vacationers with work exemptions, which is a course of that has been in place for a number of months. Baz mentioned “a really small proportion” (11 %) of vacationers have been ordered into quarantine and can proceed to be monitored, with a lot of them awaiting their pre-travel check outcomes, which weren’t but accessible from their supplier once they arrived.
County of Maui Emergency Well being Guidelines
Vacationers arriving in Maui County should comply with the County of Maui Emergency Well being Guidelines together with:
- Indoor and outside social gatherings are restricted to not more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks should be worn in all public areas until exercising or coping with a medical situation.
- All individuals ought to keep a minimal of six toes bodily distancing from individuals outdoors of their family
- Anybody who’s sick ought to keep house or at their place of lodging
- County parks and seaside parks are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with outside county courts open till eight p.m.
- No tents or constructions bigger than six toes are allowed.
- Grilling additionally is just not allowed at county parks and seaside parks.
Anybody not topic to quarantine might journey solely between Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi with out having to take a pre-departure check.
Up to date Medical Exemption Accepted
The Governor has signed and accepted Maui County’s up to date Public Well being Emergency Guidelines to permit Maui County residents touring for medical appointments to be exempt from quarantine and never need to take a pre-departure check. The medical exemption is just for identical day or in a single day journey.
Vacationers don’t want to use for a quarantine exemption, however should current their flight itinerary and physician’s letter with date of appointment to screeners on arrival. If the medical traveler wants a journey companion, this individual should be particularly named within the physician’s letter. This exemption doesn’t apply to any non-medical associated functions.
Maui County Standing Replace
- Each day Instances: 0.26 per 100,000 per day (7-day rolling common)
- Virus Management: Check Positivity Charge of 0.1% (7-day rolling common)