Lieutenant governor Green tests positive for COVID-19

HONOLULU — Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Green told Hawai‘i News Now on Friday and said he feels fine but will continue to monitor his symptoms.

The lieutenant governor has been one of the top officials in the state’s effort to suppress the spread of the virus.

A deputy sheriff assigned to protect Green had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week. The deputy last worked on Tuesday, the state Public Safety Department said.

Green guesses that he was infected by the deputy, whose wife also tested positive. The 50-year-old said he will quarantine in a Honolulu condominium separate from his family. Green’s 14 staffers are self-isolating and seeking testing.

“Just, please, everybody, be thoughtful about who you’re around and how quickly you can spread disease,” Green said. “I’m 50 years old and pretty strong and healthy, but it’s a worry. The mortality rate is 1%.”

Green said he has had no close contact with the governor or any other state official, and did not believe they would need to be tested.

One death and 131 new cases

State Department of Health officials reported one coronavirus-related death and 131 new infections statewide Saturday, bringing the state’s totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 97 fatalities and 10,588 COVID-19 cases.

The total new cases Saturday included 115 on O‘ahu, 10 on Hawai‘i Island and six in Maui County. As a result of updated information, two O‘ahu cases were removed from the tally.

Saturday’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak included 9,559 on O‘ahu, 572 on Hawai‘i Island, 373 in Maui County and 58 on Kaua‘i. There are also 26 Hawai‘i residents diagnosed outside of the state.

  1. Kenneth Conklin September 13, 2020 5:16 am Reply

    Green is a politician running for Governor and using the virus pandemic as a launching pad for daily publicity. Yes, he’s a medical doctor; but there are many specialties in medicine, and epidemiology is not his specialty. He has grabbed hold of a government leadership position in efforts to fight the virus, telling everyone else, including the current Governor, what they should do. And now here he is, having gotten infected.

    Obviously he either did not know how to avoid getting the virus, or else he’s a hypocrite who failed to follow the policies and procedures he’s telling everyone else to follow. Green catching the virus is good evidence of either ignorance or hypocrisy or both. He’s a blowhard politician who should not be relied upon for scientific knowledge or political leadership.

    1. Jim September 13, 2020 3:37 pm Reply


    2. Dear Kenny September 16, 2020 1:37 pm Reply

      Your bias is showing. Or your ignorance. Or both?

      Following the policies and safety procedures never guarantees that you won’t catch this – it just lessens the chances.

      But what it does show is that if he was a hypocrite, he shouldn’t have been, and you should also follow those policies as best you can.

  2. JudeB September 13, 2020 9:44 am Reply

    “Green catching the virus is good evidence of either ignorance or hypocrisy or both.”

    I have no idea about Green’s political beliefs. But this statement is good evidence of your ignorance about how community spread of a virus works. If you don’t get educated, it’s just a matter of time before covid spreads in this state at the same rates as it has in FL, TX, SD, and so many other places.

  3. curious dog September 13, 2020 10:27 am Reply

    The glaring statement in this article, one that should make us all pause, is WHY does Dr. Josh Green, Lt. Gov of the State of Hawaii, The Aloha State, require an armed Sheriff’s Deputy for protection?

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