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One New Molokai Case Last Week

Graph courtesy of County of Maui

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Molokai logged one new COVID-19 case last Wednesday, Sept. 23, bringing the island’s total case count to 17.

Despite requests to break down the island’s total and active cases, the Dept. of Health has not yet begun providing that information so it remains unclear how many of Molokai’s cases are active.

Last week, Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation extending the COVID-19 emergency period through Oct. 31, leaving in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for both out of state and interisland travelers. However, beginning Oct. 15, a pre-travel testing option will allow out of state travelers an alternative to the mandatory 14-day quarantine by providing a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to travel to Hawaii.

“Our response to COVID-19 has always been driven by the need to protect the safety of our residents and community. The pre-travel testing program allows us to do this while welcoming more people to our state. The increased economic activity will help strengthen our communities,” said Ige.

The inter-island quarantine for travelers arriving in all counties except Honolulu County remains in place. However, the proclamation empowers the counties to adopt a negative test exception process for travelers subject to the inter-island travel quarantine, according to state officials.

The Governor has also extended the moratorium on evictions for renters unable to pay rent through the end of October. Renters who are having financial difficulty paying rent are strongly encouraged to seek help by applying for the State’s Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program, by visiting hihousinghelp.com. Renters can also apply for assistance through the
County’s HELP Program through MEO, by visiting meoinc.org or the MEO office in Kaunakakai.