More resident and visitor travelers may be bringing COVID-19 into the state than initially thought, according to a Maui study released earlier this month.
The report, which has not been peer reviewed, said that seven out of 1,000 travelers who bypass quarantine via Hawaii’s Safe Travels program probably have COVID-19.
State officials had said that fewer than one out of 1,000 travelers using the pre-testing plan would likely bring the illness.
“Fix the Safe Travels a little bit so it’s a little more rigorous,” Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang, one of the researchers behind the study, said on Monday. “If people don’t believe it, just do a post-arrival study like we did. You either believe it or you don’t.”