California’s COVID-19 travel advisory and additional guidance on vacation gatherings came a week after some lawmakers flew to Hawaii for an annual conference partially funded by lobbyists. Lawmakers who responded to KCRA 3 have championed Maui travel as essential travel. But it has nonetheless attracted backlash as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and restrictions tighten. KCRA 3 spoke with California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly about the trip, which is part of a larger interview on COVID-19 and the Thanksgiving guidelines. Q: We have a long list of tips for Thanksgiving when it comes to COVID-19, including a travel advisory. But do you think this is overshadowed when state lawmakers travel to Hawaii for a conference, shouldn’t they have more moral responsibility to follow the guidelines you set out? Ghaly: Sure, we want all Californians to follow the travel advisory. We believe this is a key strategy to reduce transmission. We know that so many people are asymptomatic. So they don’t have symptoms or don’t have cold or fever symptoms, but they are infected and they can pass it on. So for these reasons, we ask people to avoid travel altogether if possible. What if they choose to go into quarantine for 14 days before they really start mixing in their communities again. So this extends to all Californians and we think this is an important tool for us to follow Q: But do you think this is the right example because we are realists and we know not everyone will follow not the stated guidelines. throughout the weekend. Ghaly: Sure, we want to keep getting the message out to everyone. So those who haven’t heard it may decide to adopt it, and those who are here for the second or third time will decide not to travel, I hope. And if they do, follow these tips. Again, this applies to everyone at all levels. All over California, north and south, no matter where you are in the state and what you do in that state, we expect this to be how you follow and heed this important notice. Q: You recommend a 14 day quarantine. if people leave the state. Have you had direct communication with those state lawmakers who have been to Hawaii, and are they in fact in quarantine? Ghaly: You know I didn’t. And like I said, I think that’s a recommendation for all Californians coming back to the state. So, I hope that everyone, including these lawmakers, but far beyond these lawmakers, seriously consider taking this direction and truly serving and protecting their communities. KCRA3: What message do you think this sends, considering that it happened right before Ghaly: You know, again, I kind of come back and I really focus on the fact that we all have a chance to to lead by example and to show our communities and our families that if we choose to travel travel advice, quarantine, is an important way to support our communities and to really make a decision that we all hope. Californians will do. SACRAMENTO, Calif .– California’s COVID-19 travel advisory and additional guidance on vacation gatherings came a week after some lawmakers flew to Hawaii for an annual conference partially funded by lobbyists. Lawmakers who responded to KCRA 3 have championed Maui travel as essential travel. But it has nonetheless drawn backlash as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow and restrictions tighten. This content is imported from Facebook. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, on their website. KCRA 3 spoke with California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly about the trip, which is part of a larger interview on COVID-19 and the Thanksgiving guidelines. Q: We have a long list of tips for Thanksgiving when it comes to COVID-19, including a travel advisory. But do you think this is overshadowed when state lawmakers travel to Hawaii for a conference, shouldn’t they have more moral responsibility to follow the guidelines you set out? Ghaly: Sure, we want all Californians to follow the travel advisory. We believe this is a key strategy to reduce transmission. We know that so many people are asymptomatic. So they don’t have symptoms or don’t have cold or fever symptoms, but they are infected and they can pass it on. So for these reasons, we ask people to avoid travel altogether if possible. What if they choose to go into quarantine for 14 days before they really start mixing in their communities again. So this extends to all Californians and we think this is an important tool for us to follow Q: But do you think this is the right example because we are realists and we know not everyone will follow not the stated guidelines. throughout the weekend. Ghaly: Sure, we want to keep getting the message out to everyone. So those who haven’t heard it may decide to adopt it, and those who are here for the second or third time will decide not to travel, I hope. And if they do, follow these tips. Again, this applies to everyone at all levels. All over California, north and south, no matter where you are in the state and what you do in that state, we expect this to be how you follow and heed this important notice. Q: You recommend a 14 day quarantine. if people leave the state. Have you had direct communication with these state lawmakers who have been to Hawaii, and are they in fact in quarantine? Ghaly: You know I didn’t. And like I said, I think that’s a recommendation for all Californians coming back to the state. So, I hope that everyone, including these lawmakers, but far beyond these lawmakers, seriously consider taking this direction and truly serving and protecting their communities. KCRA3: What message do you think this sends, considering that it happened right before Ghaly: You know, again, I kind of come back and I really focus on the fact that we all have a chance to to lead by example and to show our communities and our families that if we choose to travel travel advice, quarantine, is an important way to support our communities and to really make a decision that we all hope. Californians will do. .
Call it poetic justice.
As of mid-May, 231 of the country’s 3,143 counties did not report any cases of COVID-19. As of mid-October, only six US states were reported to be COVID-free. This week, as new infections spiked across the continental US, to 160,000 cases a day nationwide – and with 16,841 in Hawaii and 25,369 in Alaska – only Kalawao has yet to report a single infection.
One hundred and fifty-five years earlier, in 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii passed a law that forced patients with Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, to a remote settlement on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. Situated on a peninsula, the Kalaupapa settlement is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, with sea cliffs as high as 1,600 feet blocking access to the rest of the island.
In 1969, Hawaii abolished the isolation law that had imprisoned Kalaupapa patients and promised them life-long health care, social services, and the option of staying in a settlement if they wanted. Of the 8,000 patients who came to Kalaupapa during its 100 years of operation, only 12 are left, according to Dr. Glenn Wasserman, head of infectious diseases at the state health department.
Currently, Hawaii’s most remote, most inaccessible island community of 75 people is the only place in the United States that has not been infiltrated by COVID-19.
“Thanks for the good news!” Said Wasserman when reached by phone on Thursday.
Even so, Wasserman cautions against reading too much statistics. Kalawao District is considered a “medically underserved area” by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, a designation used for an area with too few primary care doctors for a concentrated population or elderly population.
Like many geographically isolated communities, Kalawao has not conducted much COVID-19 testing. Wasserman ordered several COVID-19 tests after learning the individual had interacted with an outside community. All came back negative.
With an average age of 86 and various medical conditions, patients left in Kalaupapa are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, so the settlement imposes strict policies to protect them. Patients and staff are not allowed to be visitors and if they leave the settlement and return, they are required to go into quarantine. Staff temperatures are monitored and social distancing and mask use are enforced.
“We feel that the approach is much more reliable than laboratory testing everyone who enters,” said Wasserman, stressing that without testing to confirm that no one has COVID-19, it is possible for an asymptomatic individual to return to settlement and be quarantined, not. ever. spreading infection.
Strict rules are not easy for patients or staff. Patients who flew to Oahu to see medical specialists before the pandemic have delayed treatment. Some staff members who live outside Kalaupapa choose not to travel outside the settlements, which means they haven’t seen their families yet, explained Baron Chan, head of the Hansen’s disease branch in the health department.
And so, the story of the Kalaupapa settlement has come full circle. “When they are sent to Kalaupapa, patients are taken from their family and friends and they experience loneliness,” said Chan. “You see it all over the world now.”
It is difficult, said Wasserman, but the persistence and sacrifice of the community, the health service and the parks has prevented the spread of society in the settlement.
“Their sacrifice is part of Kalaupapa’s ongoing legacy. We achieved what we planned and we need to do it until the pandemic is over,” he added.
“It’s been a great day.”
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In February, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to hit, four people sailed to one of the most remote places on Earth – a small camp on Kure Atoll, on the shores of the uninhabited Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
There, more than 2,200 km from Honolulu, they live in isolation for nearly nine months while working to restore the island’s environment.
Separated from the rest of the planet, their world is confined to a tiny patch of sand midway between the US mainland and Asia. Without television or internet access, their only information comes from satellite text messages and occasional emails.
They know about the pandemic in the midst of their own isolation, but have not experienced any seismic upheaval caused by the Covid-19 worldwide.
Now they are back, reappearing into a changed society that may feel as alien today as the island isolation that took place in March.
They have to adjust to wearing face masks, stay indoors and meet friends without giving hugs or handshakes.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, but I started reading the book The Stand by Stephen King, which was all about disease outbreaks, and I thought, ‘Geez, this is what it feels like to come home. ? “Said Charlie Thomas, one of the island’s four workers.” All this … prevention, these things, sick people everywhere. Very strange to think about. “
The group is part of the state effort Hawaii to safeguard the fragile island ecosystem of Kure, which is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the largest contiguous protected environment in the country. Communities are not permitted to land anywhere in the North West Hawaiian Islands.
Kure is the only island in the northern part of the archipelago that is administered by the state, the rest of which are under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Formerly a Coast Guard station, this atoll is home to seabirds, the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and coral reef teeming with turtles, tiger sharks and other marine life.
Two field teams go there every year, one for summer and one for winter. Their main job is to remove invasive plants and replace them with native species and clean up debris such as fishing nets and plastics that drift ashore.
Thomas, the youngest member of the 18-year-old team, grew up in a coastal town in New Zealand and spends most of his free time with seabirds and other wildlife. He finished school a year early to start his first job as a sailor for an organization dedicated to cleaning the coastline before volunteering for the summer at Kure Atoll.
The expedition was the first time she had been away from home in so long, but she was ready to cut ties.
“I’m sick of social media, I’m sick of everything that’s going on,” he said. “And I thought, you know, I’m really excited to get rid of my phone, lose touch with everything … I don’t have to look at all the terrible things that are going on right now.”
When Thomas left New Zealand for Hawaii, there were no nearby cases of the virus that he could remember. By the time he left Honolulu for Kure, the virus began to “creep closer” to the islands.
“We just saw stories on television and such,” he said. “But, you know, we are going. Go to. That’s not a big deal for us. “
Once in Kure, it’s hard to get a complete picture of what’s going on in the world.
“I don’t think I really know what to think because we get so many different answers to the questions we ask,” he said.
Thomas is now on hotel in quarantine in Auckland, where he lives with his parents, sister, and a dog named Benny. He would miss hugs and “squeezing five people on the stool for dinner,” he said.
American Matthew Butschek, who is also in Kure, says it will take time to adjust to the changing world they are returning to.
In quarantine, he looked out the window of his Honolulu cabin and saw school-age children playing on the rocks and climbing trees – all wearing masks. It reminded him of apocalyptic films.
“That’s not normal for me. But everyone is like, yeah, this is what we do now. This is how we live, “he said.
Aided by geographic isolation and borders that are rapidly and decisively closing, the Pacific remains least infected region on earth. But the isolation has been forced the devastated Pacific economy.
But there are significant fears that if the virus gains a foothold in the region, it could destroy island communities, which have a limited public health infrastructure – Vanuatu started a pandemic with only two ventilators across the country – and a population with high rates of comorbidity. , such as diabetes and heart disease.
Most of the remaining COVID-19-free countries on earth are in the Pacific, but this number is starting to dwindle, as repatriation flights bring displaced citizens home. In the past month, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Marshall Island, and Samoa has recorded its first confirmed infection.
Other Pacific Islands, like Guam and French Polynesia, had a large number of cases favored by the military and police deployments of the US and French colonial powers.
Small and remote island states and territories of Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Norfolk Island, and Pitcairn Island are believed to be still virus free.
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Much of the world is now seeing glimmers of hope following news of the first positive results from two vaccine trials. And a number of others may arrive soon. It could mean that the world can open up again and the travel industry can resume its operations. But things are not going to change overnight. Coconut palm tree on paradise white sand beach and turquoise sea. Many travelers now dream of such … [+] a scene. getty There’s going to be a wait for more data, official vaccine authorizations, and then of course the complicated process of getting the vaccine out to everyone who needs it. It may take months. What we also don’t know is whether getting the vaccine will mean opening more borders. It is likely that some countries will take this approach while others will not, and there will be a patchwork of policies until 2021 where some vaccines are accepted in some places but not in others, and so on. . The good news is that there are plenty of places to go for those of us who want to travel in the months ahead. And new countries are being added to the list even as infection rates rise in the Western world. This means that while we need to take a close look at the risks and be careful in planning trips, there are some great options for getting away from it all. Last week, we looked at several places where tourists are welcome and the COVID count is low. MORE FROM FORBEST These 8 Places Have Low Covid Rates and Open Borders By Gabriel Leigh As a follow-up, here’s a look at the six best places to consider for a December getaway, with some new additions included. Chile Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile getty A beautiful country full of incredible natural wonders, Chile is reopening its doors to travelers, and just in time for their summer too. Chile has been closed to non-residents for months, so this is great news for anyone hoping to travel to deep South America. If you can get a negative test result relatively quickly, this is a promising option. Entry requirements: From November 23, travelers will be able to enter Chile through its main airport in Santiago provided they bring a negative PCR test. Two important points to note, however. First, Chile has decided that during the first two weeks (until December 7), visitors who have been to high-risk countries, including the United States, will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, even with a negative test. So it might be worth waiting until next month. Second, the PCR test should not have been done more than 72 hours before arrival, which is a stricter schedule than for many other countries. This may mean that urgent treatment is needed to ensure that the test is close enough to start while maintaining the result over time. Current trend of COVID-19: stable. The number of cases has been fairly stable since June, and as Chile enters the summer, that will hopefully remain the case. Peru’s upscale Miraflores neighborhood, Lima, located atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. getty Peru offers a lot for your money in terms of proximity to the United States (only a five or six hour flight from Miami) and distance and difference. Another recently reopened country full of fascinating sights and great food, this is a good option and could easily be combined with Chile for longer trips. Entry Requirements: A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. There is currently no quarantine requirement. Note that there is a national curfew at 11 p.m. Current trend of COVID-19: stable and improving. The photo at the moment is pretty good. Dominican Republic A mountain and sea landscape in the Dominican Republic getty As noted earlier, the Dominican Republic offers an excellent mix of beautiful scenery, good weather, easy entry, and low infection rates. If you are looking for a relaxing Caribbean getaway this probably is the one. Entry Requirements: No testing is required to enter although there may be a health check (such as temperature checks) upon arrival. Current trend of COVID-19: A few small peaks, but very low. Sailboat from French Polynesia in the seas of the islands of French Polynesia. The lush island of Bora Bora in the … [+] Context. getty It’s a relatively long flight from the US to French Polynesia, but there are several non-stop options from the west coast, and the scenery on arrival can be worth it. Entry requirements: proof of negative test passed no more than three days prior to arrival, plus a health record which can be completed here. An additional self-administered test is then required four days after arrival (the kit is provided upon arrival). No quarantine is required. Current trend of COVID-19: The number of cases has increased. Although in absolute terms, the figures remain relatively low. Definitely one to watch out for, but not necessarily a reason to cross it off your list. Hawaii A typical scene from the island of Kauai in Hawaii. getty Hawaii does not need to be presented, and after several months of mandatory quarantine, even for arrivals from the continental United States, it is now possible to skip that by bringing a negative test result. Additionally, there are convenient options for getting tested at multiple airports, in some cases facilitated by the airline you are traveling with. Entry conditions: negative test before travel to avoid quarantine. Those who do not have a test result can still leave, but will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Current trend of COVID-19: Relatively stable. Hawaii has seen small spikes lately, but nothing quite like many other states in the United States. Overall, infection rates have been very low and the situation well managed. England * If you are going to England, maybe forgo London and head straight to the Lake District. A view of … [+] the slopes of High Stile, looking towards Fleetwith Pike. getty This may seem like an unlikely choice at the moment and in fact it does come with a few caveats. England are currently in the midst of yet another lockdown due to end on December 2. It could end up being extended. They are also experiencing an increase in cases. On top of that, visitors from most countries are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. However, it is possible to enter the country even for Americans. And beyond that, many of the current obstacles may be only temporary. If things go well in the coming weeks, in other words, it might be a surprising country to add to the list in December. Here’s how to do it: Assuming the lockdown helps get the number of cases under control and lifted, the only remaining issue for visitors would be the 14-day quarantine (for those not on the list of “Travel lanes”, which currently includes most people). There is more potential good news on this front, with unconfirmed indications that Britain will reduce the quarantine time to 7 days for those who take a PCR test on day 5 and test negative. Uncertainty is everywhere, but there is hope. If we’ve learned anything since the start of this year, it’s that it’s very difficult to predict the course this pandemic will take. And with that in mind, planning a trip is subject to a lot of uncertainty and some risk. However, for those with the inclination and the right level of risk tolerance, it is still possible to plan trips. We are hopefully at the start of a period when vaccines are becoming more and more abundant, which will eventually get us out of the worst. For now, it is better to proceed with caution and remain as optimistic as possible. .
SAN JOSE – Three airlines are resuming flights from San Jose to several islands in Hawaii, airport officials said on Tuesday. Southwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines are resuming flights between San Jose and the Pacific Ocean chain of islands. “We are pleased that our partners in Hawaii, Southwest and Alaska are expanding their flight offering by resuming operations to Hawaii,” said John Aitken, director of aviation for the city of San Jose. Hawaiian Airlines resumed service between San Jose International Airport and Honolulu in Oahu on November 2, the airport said. Alaska Airlines resumed flights to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and to Lihue on Kauai on November 1, and to Kahalui on Maui on November 2. Southwest Airlines will resume service to Honolulu, Maui and Kauai on November 4. Word of expanding air travel options from San Jose serves as a welcome counterpoint to the dismal picture of travel due to the coronavirus. Additional service extensions between San Jose and Hawaii are planned by the airlines. Hawaiian Airlines will resume flights to Maui on November 18. Alaska Airlines will begin flying to Honolulu on December 2. Southwest Airlines will resume flights from San Jose to the Big Island of Hawaii on December 6. “As we continue to show signs of recovery, we look forward to welcoming more flights safely and offering our passengers expanded travel options,” said Aitken. .