Risk from Japanese couple may have passed

Thursday was the last day anyone who may have been infected by exposure to the Japanese man who visited Maui and Oahu and later came down with the novel coronavirus would be expected to show symptoms, the Health Department said Friday.

There is no indication of transmission of COVID-19 in Hawaii, the Health Department said. No cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Hawaii.

A Japanese couple from Aichi Prefecture in Central Japan, who both came down with the coronavirus, traveled to Maui Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and then to Oahu Feb. 3 to 7. The husband did show symptoms on Maui and Oahu, Health Department officials said.

Both tested positive for the virus when they returned home. The husband still is hospitalized, while the wife has recovered, the Japan Ministry of Health told the Health Department.

Officials with the department have been trying to interview people who may have been in contact with the couple. The investigation has not yielded anyone who many have had prolonged, close contact with the visitors, the Health Department said Friday.

In other developments highlighted by the Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued a Watch Level 1 advisory for Japan and Hong Kong. Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water.

Also Thursday, the State Department recommended U.S. citizens reconsider travel by cruise ship to or within East Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region.


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