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DOH investigating COVID clusters on Oahu, Maui tied performing arts

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Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 10:49 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health is investigating recent clusters of COVID-19 cases tied to performing arts.

Officials said 25 cases were linked to an unnamed Oahu studio that offers dance and singing classes.

According to DOH, in one instance, a vocal instructor wore a mask during vocal lessons but took it off while teaching proper singing techniques. The students did not wear masks while singing.

And in March, four cases were linked to a luau on Maui.

Health officials said three of the dancers and one household contact had contracted COVID-19.

Investigators found dancers spent time together backstage, unmasked and with limited airflow.

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