HONOLULU (KHON2) — This week marks one year of COVID-19 in the State of Hawaii. On March 6, 2020, Department of Health officials announced the first positive coronavirus case in the islands.
Then Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation that mandated a 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers to the State of Hawaii went into effect on March 26.
“That was the last resort. We didn’t want to have to do it, but by the same token, we did see how infectious the virus was,” Ige said reflecting on the past year in a one-on-one interview with KHON2.
“That’s the part that keeps me up at night, and just knowing that there are individuals in our community, families that are unemployed still, and that there is support for them, and we struggle with just getting them certified and able to get resources,” Ige said, admitting that dealing with the high unemployment from the pandemic has been a challenge.