Mayor revises terms for reclosing of Maui South Maui bars test staff, reopen after COVID-19 exposure

Days after warning that Maui County closures may ensue if COVID-19 cases average five to seven a day, Mayor Michael Victorino on Wednesday softened his approach, pointing instead to “double-digit” average daily case counts as a trigger for rollbacks.

Meanwhile, state Department of Health Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang said Wednesday that an anticipated jump in Maui cases, likely to be released today by the state, is a backlog of five days due to a machine installation issue. During that time, Maui was actually averaging about three or four cases per day instead of the smaller totals reported by the state.

With Oahu’s triple-digit surge over the past several weeks, state and city leaders have reinstated restrictions on using beaches and parks and clamped down on certain businesses and activities.

About the possibility of reclosing portions of Maui County, Victorino said Wednesday that decision-making would depend on several factors, including the number of increased cases over a consistent period of time, along with feedback from health and business officials.

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