COVID-19 clusters form after people skip masks, distance

HONOLULU — State health officials said Monday that recent clusters of the coronavirus detected in Hawaii have been associated with people not wearing maks and not social distancing.

Nine people were infected after attending a large indoor class at a gym, said Bruce Anderson, director of the state Department of Health. The gym has since closed and people who might have been exposed there were notified.

Another 12 people tested positive after a Hawaiian Airlines training session. Two of the 12 are family members of people who attended the session.

Gov. David Ige’s emergency order encourages people to wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hawaii has the fewest number of COVID-19 cases among the 50 states.

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