The Mayor of Honolulu, Rick Blangiardi, firmly opposes pushing Honolulu’s reopening plan back to the second level because the number of new cases in Honolulu continues to approach the specified upper limit, which means that there are an average of 50 new cases every two weeks. Case.
The city currently has an average of 59 new cases per day per week. According to the grading system, if the average number of new cases per week is more than 50 and more than two weeks, then Honolulu should slide back to level 2, so that it can accommodate up to 5 people (instead of 10 people), and change the gym capacity from 50 people Decrease to 25% of the percentage allowed in tier 3.
According to the numbers, Honolulu is expected to reach that threshold and it will return to Level 2 on Wednesday. In order to keep the average number of cases per week on Oahu below 50 per day, fewer than 1
However, Bragiyadi explained at a press conference today that the grading system was created under the leadership of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and its design prerequisite was that the vaccine would not be available until 2021. Only available in summer or autumn. Instead, the state has administered approximately 675,000 doses of vaccine.
He said: “I think our case is very important when determining the level, but there are completely different decisions when determining the level.”
“The number of layers previously built may be too low. I have requested that Method 3 be modified to reach 50 to 100 cases. I think we can keep the positive rate in the range of about 2.5%.”
Blangiardi has been discussing with Governor David Ige about staying at Level 3, but it is not clear how to make a decision.
Today, Iger said in the Hawaiian spotlight of the star advertisers in Honolulu that Blangiardi will decide whether Honolulu will return to Level 2.
However, at a press conference later in the day, he pointed out Oahu’s emergency order, which said the city would take action due to the number of cases. The order stated that Oahu will remain on the 3rd floor until May 10, 2021, “unless Honolulu’s COVID-19 reopening framework requires earlier transfer to another floor and this order takes effect”, otherwise it will Was replaced by another order. Ege explained that the city can choose to ignore the current urban order, but the hierarchy should be modified instead so that the city has more time to explore its options.
He said: “It may be necessary to modify his order so that it is not automatic.”
“Now that the order has been issued, it is necessary to request action based on the number of consecutive Wednesdays on Wednesday.”
If Blangiardi wants to modify the hierarchical system, he will have to submit a request to the governor’s office, and Ige will need to approve the request.
One of Ige’s main concerns is the increase in the number of cases, which may mean that a more contagious variant of COVID-19 is spreading.
Iger said: “What is often missed is that as the number of cases increases, it does provide more opportunities for variants.”
Blangiardi agreed that he could not object to the risk of variants, but he said it was still “speculative” and reminded people that he is not an epidemiologist.
He encouraged people to continue to follow the Tier 3 rules, wear masks and keep their distance.