Green’s family tests negative for COVID-19

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Volunteer Kimberly Sung gets information from a family that will be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Keaau.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green and two deputy sheriffs remained the only three positive COVID-19 cases in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the state COVID-19 Joint Information Center said Tuesday. All 11 other employees tested negative.

Additionally, Lt. Gov. Green’s wife and two children tested negative.

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In Hawaii County, there were six new cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 599. One Big Island case was removed from the count and another was re-categorized from Oahu to the Big Island, according to the state Department of Health.

Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday among residents of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home by Hawaii County Civil Defense. That’s in addition to two veterans home resident deaths reported Monday. Those deaths haven’t yet been officially added to the state total.

That brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths reported by Hilo Medical Center to 15, with 14 of them veterans home residents, Mayor Harry Kim said on Na Leo Public Television.

Statewide, the DOH reported 66 new cases Tuesday and one death. An Oahu man with underlying health conditions who was hospitalized officially became the 100th person in Hawaii to die from the coronavirus since the pandemic began in late February. He was in his 60s, according to the DOH.

On Kauai, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced a new emergency rule that establishes an enhanced movement quarantine, or “resort bubble” program.

The program, which was approved by Gov. David Ige, would permit visitors to leave their hotel rooms to use the resort’s property during their mandatory quarantine period. The resort bubble concept is a voluntary program for both the resorts and the visitors.

In order to participate, resorts must establish security and enforcement policies to protect the safety of guests and employees of the resort. Security and enforcement are the responsibility of the resort, and all rules, such as mask wearing and physical distancing, must be followed.

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Visitors at a bubble resort must agree to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet that is tracked by the resort. Within established limits, they can use the entire resort property, including on-site pools and restaurants.

If the monitoring unit is tampered with or the visitor leaves the property, hotel security will notify police for enforcement.

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