DOH reports 28 new COVID-19 cases statewide, advises patrons of 2 Oahu bars to be tested

The state Department of Health reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 today, all on Oahu.

Public health authorities also are advising anyone who may have patronized two Honolulu bars to step forward and contact their physicians for follow-up.

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The two bars involved are Brix & Bones located at 1217 Hopaka St. and Arena 808 located at 1020 Keeaumoku St., and the time-period of visits is between July 16-26. So far five cases of COVID-19 are associated with exposure to the virus at these establishments. In addition, as many as seven positive cases are potentially associated with these clusters.

“Given the conditions associated with this cluster, we’re concerned there may be more persons exposed than are or can be identified through our investigations,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “In the interest of public health we’re asking anyone who was in either of these bars during the 10-day period to consult their health-care provider to consider being tested for COVID-19.”

Park added that concerning findings discerned by investigators include inconsistent wearing of masks, physical distancing, and other operations, not consistent with current county rules.

DOH is again reminding people to avoid being in large groups, especially without masks and physical distancing. The department continues to investigate a cluster associated with related funeral events, in which at least 36 cases have been confirmed.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported, dropped today, after four days of high case counts, including three consecutive record days. This is likely due to a decrease in laboratory reporting because private laboratories did not conduct late work shifts and the DOH State Laboratories Division was closed on Sunday because of the hurricane threat.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported there are four known active coronavirus cases on the Big Island as of today.

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