Actually yes as a resident I know of people who caught it from other returning residents or out of state relatives who traveled here and broke quarantine -especially during the recent oahu spike. Now has any resident gotten it from a non related tourist breaking quarantine? It is difficult to say because in reality we haven't had many tourists come. There is a lot of fear amongst residents because historically all "diseases" in Hawaii have been brought in from travelers. Like DeniseM states itll be interesting to see what happens. I agree with you its probably unlikely that there will be transmission on the ground once a tourist arrives, but i am concerned about folks on the airplane. It was reported that they did find a person arriving on Kona who tested positive on the ground after arrival. One could say its only one person- but was that person wearing a mask in flight? What now about others sitting around them? Was contact tracing done? The other thing is that while yes prior to Oct 15th we had 1000-1500 people arrive untested the flights were nearly empty. It doesn't seem to be the case now. What is spread like on the planes now for such a long flight?Is there any evidence at all that people breaking quarantine have been responsible for a material rise in COVID incidence in Hawaii? Since breaking quarantine doesn't actually cause any illness at all, before getting all bent out of shape that it may and does occur, it's helpful to know if it has had an adverse impact at all.
I think no one really knows how this will play out, we'll have to wait and see.
I want to add im not picking i fight. I find your posts informative and interesting. Just wanted to provide another viewpoint from a resident.
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