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4 clusters active in Maui County

The Maui News

Health officials are investigating four active clusters in Maui County, including two in the tourism industry, one connected to bars and nightclubs and another at the jail.

The largest cluster was at the Maui Community Correctional Center, where the outbreak had grown to 58 cases, according to the state Department of Health’s weekly cluster report.

Two other clusters totaling 15 cases were connected to the travel, lodging and tourism industry.

One cluster of 12 cases was associated with bars and nightclubs.

Maui has seen a rise in cases of late, due in part to the B.1.429 variant that’s become the dominant strain in California, health officials have said.

The B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom and believed to be more contagious, has only been identified in six cases among two households on Oahu, according to the DOH report. All were Oahu residents without any recent travel.

Even with the variant, the department said it recommends the same precautions – wearing masks, physical distancing, washing hands and staying home when sick.

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