Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-07-18 01:05:41 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — State positive rates remain close to 3%, with COVID-19 hospitalizations jumping to 70, the highest since the end of January 2021.
Health officials are concerned as numbers are beginning to reflect what happened in July and August 2020.
“We’re losing the rationale we’ve acquired over the past few months. It’s a bit creepy at this point, as we know it’s a month away from last year when these infections surged. Hospitalization and death Has surged, “said Elena Kabatsu, marketing director at Hilo Medical Center.
According to doctors, the biggest difference this time is that the vaccine at this point can prevent virtually all hospitalizations and infections.
“It’s clear that this is an unvaccinated pandemic, as Dr. Warensky of the CDC explained,” said Lieutenant Josh Green. “Currently, there are 70 people in the hospital, and virtually all are unvaccinated.”
The Hilo Medical Center has grown from four COVID patients at the beginning of the week on Monday, July 12th to nine on Saturday, July 17th, using four of the 11 ICU beds.
“We’re talking about preventable hospitalization cases here, so continuing to reduce vaccination will reduce the burden and use of hospital resources,” says Cabatu.
She said she had seen teenagers in a hospital with COVID, but recent patients are between the ages of 30 and 50.
“And it reflects that age, the vaccination rate for those age groups,” she said.
According to the Ministry of Health (DOH), the current trend in cases across the state is for unvaccinated residents who have traveled and for unvaccinated residents at indoor meetings without masks.
According to the DOH website, there were 291 travel-related COVID cases between June 15th and July 15th, with the majority of cases (258) being resident.
According to state data, 338,810 people have been in the state since July 8, when vaccinated mainland travelers can bypass pre-testing or quarantine.
Over the last nine days, 204,405 travelers have shown evidence of vaccination. 104,752 people chose to have a negative COVID test and 6,578 decided to quarantine.
Of the travelers who decided not to undergo pre-examination or show proof of vaccination, 4,466 were residents, but 2,112.
On Saturday, Kauai health officials said most of the recent incidents involved residents returning from Las Vegas.
The county said Las Vegas poses a significant risk as most activities take place indoors and are crowded with people from all over the country who do not need to wear masks.
On Friday, Las Vegas health officials advised everyone to wear a face cover again, with or without vaccination.
“Unvaccinated people catching Delta variants are now in some cases hospitalized,” Green added. “So we’re not done with this, I really want to encourage people to get vaccinated to avoid serious illness.
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