COVID Cases Increase on Molokai, in State
By Catherine Cluett Pactol
Molokai COVID-19 cases continued to increase early last week, with three new cases between March 19 and March 26, and six active cases in the previous 14 days as of last Sunday. The island has 34 total cases since the pandemic began.
Statewide, Hawaii hit a week-long string of triple digit daily cases, ranging from 102 to 119 cases each day since last Tuesday. It was the first time since early February daily counts reached more than 100.
The County of Maui continues to enforce face mask regulations requiring everyone, whether fully vaccinated or not, to wear masks in public areas. Anyone caught violating the face mask
requirement risks a $5,000 fine and a maximum of a year in jail, or both, according to Maui County. Officials remind residents masks provide a physical barrier to prevent infection from spreading. Some variants are more contagious, and the importance of wearing masks is heightened to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19.