Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center News Release-Bar Patrons Sought for Possible Coronavirus Exposure, July 27, 2020

Posted on Jul 27, 2020 in Latest News

HEALTH INVESTIGATORS SEARCH FOR BAR PATRONS FOR CONTACT TRACING  

(Honolulu) – Public health authorities from the Dept. of Health (DOH) are advising anyone who may have patronized two Honolulu bars to step forward and contact their physicians for follow-up. 

The two bars involved are Brix & Bones located at 1217 Hopaka St. and Arena 808 located at 1020 Keeaumoku St., and the time-period of visits is between July 16-26. So far five (5) cases of COVID-19 are associated with exposure to the virus at these establishments. In addition, as many as seven (7) positive cases are potentially associated with these clusters. 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “Given the conditions associated with this cluster, we’re concerned there may be more persons exposed than are or can be identified through our investigations. In the interest of public health we’re asking anyone who was in either of these bars during the 10-day period to consult their healthcare provider to consider being tested for COVID-19.” Park added that concerning findings discerned by investigators include inconsistent wearing of masks, physical distancing, and other operations, not consistent with current county rules. 

DOH is again reminding people to avoid being in large groups, especially without masks and physical distancing. The department continues to investigate a cluster associated with related funeral events, in which at least 36 cases have been confirmed. 

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported, dropped today, after four days of high case counts, including three consecutive record days. This is likely due to a decrease in laboratory reporting because private laboratories did not conduct late work shifts and the DOH State Laboratories Division was closed on Sunday because of the hurricane threat.  All 28 new cases depicted on the graph below were diagnosed on O‘ahu. 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Dan Dennison Lead Public Information Officer
[email protected]
(808) 636-8194

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, July 27, 2020  

Island of Diagnosis  

New Cases  

Reported since  

2/28/2020  

(including new cases)  

Total in hospitals  

O‘ahu  

28  

1373 

36 

Hawai‘i  

0  

117  

Maui  

151 

Kaua‘i  

0  

45 

Moloka‘i  

0  

2  

Lana‘i  

0  

0  

Residents Diagnosed outside HI  

23  

   

Total Cases  

28 

1711 

   

Total hospitalized   

   

39  

Deaths  

 

26  

   

Laboratory* Testing Data   

Total Number of Individuals Tested  

by Clinical and State Laboratories  

Positive  

Negative  

116,387**  

1,709 

114,664 

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive 
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Dan Dennison
Lead Public Information Officer
Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center
[email protected]
Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
Communications Office
[email protected]
(808) 587-0396