HONOLULU (KHON2) — Gov. David Ige explained he is pissed off for the reason that he thinks Hawaii’s surge in COVID circumstances and hospitalizations could have been prevented.
“I certainly really feel like it was preventable if we could have gotten more men and women vaccinated faster,” Ige reported to KHON2’s Lauren Working day.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, tougher constraints on social gatherings went into effect for Oahu.
Ige mentioned he will have no decision but to put into practice even extra constraints if Hawaii’s COVID predicament does not get far better.
“We are making an attempt to appear at targeted constraints and measures that can get to the activity that we see spreading the virus,” he explained.
Ige mentioned he does not want to apply a full lockdown like 2020s continue to be at household purchase, even so.
“I think what we would not want to do is just a broad shutdown of all companies,” Ige said. “We clearly realize that companies are battling, and we do not want to produce far more economic turmoil in our group.”
Ige built nationwide headlines this week for his announcement telling visitors not to occur to Hawaii.
“Now is not a excellent time to occur to Hawaii,” he reiterated.
Ige did not make adjustments to the Protected Travels plan, even with the ask for. He mentioned re-utilizing the pre-vacation take a look at is not effortless.
“Our risk-free travels system was created on CDC steerage and CDC direction at this point in time is those people who are entirely vaccinated can vacation devoid of tests,” he reported about the troubles when it will come to proscribing journey to the islands.
The governor mentioned the virus is not going away anytime soon. He extra that the numbers demonstrate people are permitting their guards down — like individuals who are entirely vaccinated.
“We are viewing extra vaccinated persons getting to be unwell,” he claimed. “Because they are vaccinated, they consider that they don’t have COVID. Their symptoms are mild… and nonetheless they are carrying a very substantial viral load of the virus, and can infect other people.”
Ige reported Hawaii wants to understand to reside with the virus and to slow the distribute. The neighborhood desires to act like it did at the start off of the pandemic, according to Ige.
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“[I] just want to ask everyone to not have a gathering for the future 4 to six weeks, so we can prevent spreading the virus,” he stated.