Health officials in Hawaii are sending a warning after residents traveled to Las Vegas before contracting COVID-19. “This destination poses significant risks,” the Kaua‘i District Health Office said in a news release Wednesday. Kaua‘i County – which includes the islands of Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Lehua and Kaʻula – has a total of 494 confirmed cases. The 10 cases reported Wednesday included nine residents and one visitor. The source of infection for five of those cases was related to mainland travel. “Many cases are in residents who have traveled, and Las Vegas is a popular destination,” the district wrote in a news release.
Kaua‘i’ County officials described why Las Vegas is such a hazardous place to visit as the delta variant spreads and people get sick.
“The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded,” a news release said. “Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. Masks are not required. The result is a set-up for the spread of COVID-19.”
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The Southern Nevada Health District last week recommended mask wearing for vaccinated and unvaccinated people at crowded indoor public places. The district changed its mask policy following rising case rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19, which is seeing a resurgence because of the delta variant.
“If you plan a trip, please be vaccinated before you go,” Kaua‘i’ County officials said in a release. “And whether or not you are vaccinated, follow Hawai‘i’s prudent rules and wear a mask in crowded indoor settings.”
Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here.