CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, 3:00 PM, March 6, 2020

Friday, March 6 at 3:00 in the afternoon.

This is an update from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on the status of the cruise ship Grand Princess which visited the Port of Hilo on February 29th

CDC reports that some passengers and crew on the Grand Princess have tested positive for Coronavirus.  To date, only the persons who exhibited symptoms were tested.  The CDC intends to test all the passengers and crew before they are allowed to disembark.  The ship is currently near San Francisco

Authorities are reviewing the itineraries of the passengers while they were in Hilo.  It is not known at this time to what degree, if any, this may affect Hawaii’s people.    We will provide you with updates as soon as they are available.

In the meantime, you are advised to continue to practice good hygiene by:

·         Remembering to practice cough and sneeze etiquette by maintaining distance and covering coughs and sneezes.

·         Washing your hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer.

·         If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people.

Your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency will continue to give you daily updates and you will be notified of any changes that may affect your safety. 

For more information, here is a link to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health.

Have a safe Aloha Friday.

This is your Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency.