Hawaii Lt. Governor and emergency room physician Josh Green said that Hawaii is overrun with Covid. The number of people hospitalized is heading to an all-time high with the reality that the state has started exceeding its medical ability. Earlier today, Honolulu behemoth Queen’s Hospital said that it has no further ICU capacity. Green said that hospitals will once again need to postpone all elective procedures and that trauma victims are now at risk of not receiving care. He said that 90% of those in Hawaii hospitals are unvaccinated.
“Across Hawaii today, non-COVID patients are having trouble accessing appropriate care for things like heart attacks and strokes because of the increase in COVID patients that need an incredible amount of care.” Green went on to say that Hawaii has gone from 611 to 4391 active cases in just one month, showing just how infectious the Delta Variant is.
Stricter rules in a matter of weeks.
Green said, “I say we are two to four weeks at this rate from seeing major adjustments in what we’re able to do.” But what exactly does that mean in terms of what Hawaii may choose to do next?
He said that “no one wants to close down businesses, no one wants to put in curfews, no one wants to curtail regular life or schools — but we have to keep people alive.”
Speaking to Covid nay-sayers, Green said, “The loudest most oppositional defiant people that think it’s fun, they think it’s like a party. Number one, I’m probably going to be taking care of them in the hospital with my colleagues because they’re going to catch COVID and go into the ICU. And I will do it honorably. And I want to take care of everyone, but those very individuals are condemning everyone in society to a much larger lockdown.”
The Lt. Governor complained about demonstrations that have taken place outside his family’s condo in Honolulu. And he suggested that it is inappropriate to be threatening him, his family, and other residents, rather than protesting at his official office.”I mean, that is, of course, callous and heartless to do that to innocent individuals, Green said.
What could the stricter rules be? Our hypothesis.
1. Reduction in the size of gatherings and of parties, including at restaurants. Capacity at restaurants was just reduced from 75% to 50%.
2. Reinstatement of pre-travel testing 72-hours before traveling to Hawaii for all passengers seeking quarantine exemption, including those fully vaccinated.
3. Implementation of supervised quarantine for those individuals who are not vaccinated and do not test before traveling to Hawaii. We have not seen any sign of the national guard for months. They had previously been supervising quarantine, which while not perfect, appears to be a lot better than whatever is going on now, which doesn’t appear to be much. We recently seen it called “self-quarantine.”
4. Limited curfew. We hear these words being tossed around for the first time again. Green said, “Whether that’s curfews which have been recommended by some in the hospital community, because late-night accidents are when you get overflow at the hospitals, especially for trauma services” — Josh Green.
5. Vaccination could be required for entrance. Green said that those unvaccinated should not gather whatsoever. House Speaker Saiki, Lt. Gov. Green, and Governor Ige have all mentioned this recently. There is the possibility of businesses requiring vaccination for both employees and customers. Ige confirmed yesterday what he called an “electronic health pass” that is currently being considered.
In New York, restaurants, bars, gyms, and performance/entertainment businesses will require proof of vaccination starting next month. But, as of yesterday, the NYC Pass mandate requires restaurant diners to show proof of a minimum of one vaccination dose to be able to dine indoors.