Safe Travel Program to be tweaked
HONOLULU — The State of Hawai‘i’s Attorney General Clare Connors confirmed that Gov. David Ige will follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantine recommendation of 10 days instead of 14 days in an emergency proclamation next week.
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Kaua’i is no longer on a tourist run economy. Federal help is Kaua’i. Cares Act. I don’t see any tourist coming to Kaua’i to spend their vacation because of the situation world wide. This would make it harder on the testing for COVID-19. I think Kaua’i has a lot of unemployed people and looking for work or just down and out with credit cards, and no where to turn to. I think the overload is on everyone being in the red ink and no where to go and stuck with more papers. This is a sad thing to see. According to Dr. Fauci, an expert of disease control, it will worsen by mid to late December. And no vaccines will be given until by February of next year. So the outlook of christmas is slim. Look for more COVID-19 CASES to pop up and deaths to happen.
The program seems to have worked fairly well with the tweeks that have been implemented. With an annual visitor count over 6 million and a population of around 1.5 million wouldn’t it be better to vaccinate all Hawaiian people with a 90+ effective rate vaccine, while maintaining the pretestng. Then even if a visitor slipped through that was positive, the Hawaiian people are protected to a far greater level.
Governor Ige is proposing furloughs for all employees on the state educational system.Get used to it Hawaii. And get especially use to it, Kauai.
No tourist dollars coming? No income for many businesses and more furloughs on the way, both at the State and County levels.
“Under Ige’s plan, thousands of public workers would be affected, including teachers, educational assistants, custodians, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, social workers, university professors, engineers, building inspectors, those who care for our most vulnerable populations, and hundreds of other positions,”
Following closely behind will be Kauai County workers, as County income diminishes.
“And it’s not just about workers’ pay and how their spending impacts our local economy; lost work hours during a prolonged furlough will negatively impact all public services provided by the government.”
Local workers pay spending impacting our economy ? Try NO tourist spending impacting our economy!
Get Kauai open NOW in the safest way possible, but stop keeping all the tourist dollars in their pockets or going to Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island.
We are withering on the vine, not just struggling. We are dying from not from Covid but from the destruction of our main economic driver, the tourist industry.
Moderna announced that after your second dose of the covid19 vaccine you will be immune for 3 months!!! Look it up!! Also, Pfizer announced yesterday that anyone with a health history of allergies should not get the vaccine, because of cases where individuals have gone into anaphlylactic shock, after receiving the vaccine. Truth is a very good thing 🙂
Glad to see some common sense being expressed at the state level, to bad we do not see it on Kauai. House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti said. “We need to strike a balance of public health and economic recovery.” Right on! And Green’s proposal to add a secondary antigen test upon arrival for all passengers in all counties, makes lots of sense. Sadly this could have been implemented months ago allowing a much sooner and smoother opening if it were not for the purist who insisted that only the PCR tests be used. The mayor was pushing for a 3-day quarantine and retests but when that was not granted ended up getting a 14-day quarantine instead. Where is the logic in that? According to the counties own records the current 7-day average is one new case per day so why are we still on a 14-day quarantine? The goal should be to have a manageable level of cases, not zero cases. If you expect tourist to come back the 3-4 day quarantine with a second test is NOT the answer. With an average tourist visit of around 7 days no one will come and spend half their time in quarantine. It has been several weeks since the CDC revised its quarantine guidance to 10 days so why are we still at 14 days? Yes, Mr. Green we need an exemption program for those who have been vaccinated, hopefully it won’t take 6 months to get that. And Beeze before giving us the “truth” would you please give us the whole truth not a half truth. The data showed that the Moderna vaccine still had elevated antibodies three months after their second dose, NOT that immunity only last 3 months. With only 3 months of data under their belt Moderna was simply saying that the evidence shows it will be durable.