Thank you Councilmember Felicia Cowden for standing strong in opposition to passing out of committee Bill 2774.
Whether your mom, dad, auntie or uncle taught you, or you paid da big bucks to attend a school which specialized in teaching it, everyone who gets behind the wheel of an automobile had to learn the highway code so that they could take their drivers’ test — because here in Hawai‘i, that’s the only way to get a license to drive.
Today is the day. At 6:44 a.m., Hawaiian Airlines flight 123 will arrive from Honolulu, presumably bringing the first tourists to enter Kauai under Gov. David Ige’s new policy of allowing people who have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to avoid quarantine.
The progression of COVID-19 around the world tragically illustrates most leaders are struggling to deal with a natural phenomenon characterized by nonlinear exponential growth.
In March 1857, the United States Supreme Court in Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) issued a 7–2 decision against Dred Scott.
Gov. Ige of our great state of Hawai‘i has denied all of the great, hard-working residents of Kaua‘i the capability to live with our families and friends in a predominantly secured and healthy environment, an enviroment that has had zero active cases of the ongoing COVID-19 virus for many, many weeks, a zero COVID environment that all Kaua‘i residents, of all ages, from all cultures, have sacrificed for with the loss of income, loss of jobs, and some with loss of loved ones.
With the recent denial of the additional three-day quarantine and testing protocol by Governor Ige, Kaua‘i is left with only bad choices. Either we open up like O‘ahu and risk having our hospitals overloaded if there is a spike in cases, or we continue with the 14-day quarantine, which will wreak further havoc on our economy.
Please help. We all need to act now. Science and medicine have confirmed that travel spreads the virus. In our state, we have seen this for ourselves. Even with just inter-island quarantine requirements lifted, COVID-19 increased throughout the state.
Back in June of this year, I, as a Ph.D. virologist, medical doctors and other community leaders came together to help provide state and local leadership valuable discussion points on increased testing and travel-quarantine procedures.