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COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health

February 20, 2020

As of February 20, 2020

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is continuing to actively gather facts and interview individuals about a husband and wife who travelled together from Japan to Hawaii (Jan. 28-Feb.7) and after returning home to Japan, tested positive for COVID-19. DOH was notified by the Japan Ministry of Health that the husband remains hospitalized and the wife has recovered.  The airlines and lodging facilities where they stayed on Oahu and Maui are reaching out to employees, staff and guests to keep them informed. DOH immediately began to identify possible close contacts and determine health risk.

To date, no individuals with prolonged close contact have been identified in Hawaii. Casual contacts who are not at risk have been interviewed and are not in need of monitoring based on current federal guidelines. All persons identified are either low or no risk under these guidelines, and no one is required to be monitored under public health supervision related to this situation.  Work to track possible close contacts is ongoing, and DOH is working closely with state, federal, and international partners.

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