The Big Island now has no active COVID-19 cases, but mayor urges vigilance

Updated: May. 12, 2020 at 10:05 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island on Tuesday reached an encouraging milestone in the coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii County Civil Defense announced there are no active cases of COVID-19 on Hawaii Island.

The total number of people who tested positive there was 75, but all patients have been cleared by the state Department of Health.

Nearly half were linked to a cluster in Kona involving three McDonald’s restaurants.

Mayor Harry Kim says he believes the governor’s 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers has played a major role in keeping Hawaii Island’s case count low.

He added he’s eager for the return of Hawaii’s tourism industry, but will look to health officials to determine when it’s safe.

“It’s not primarily based on are we ready for them,” said Kim. “What is very important is the destination they come from - are we ready to accept them based on their health conditions?”

In the meantime, Kim says the state and counties must establish new screening procedures and rules regarding visitors.

He also advised residents not to let their guard down, saying COVID-19 is still a very real threat.

Kauai also has zero active cases of COVID-19.

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