State health officials are investigating three clusters of COVID cases resulting from large gatherings in Honolulu over the past two weeks.
Authorities are urging anyone who witnessed these events to get tested.
Health officials are reviewing events at District Nightclub and The Republik on December 10 and 11, and one on December 11 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village involving the Adult Foster Homecare Association of Hawaii.
DOH will begin reporting on cluster surveys on its Epidemic Control Division website. It investigates incidents with clusters involving at least three people.
State Health Director Dr Elizabeth Char said that despite reports suggesting that the effects of Omicron are not as severe as the other variants, people should not hesitate to get vaccinated and take precautions during this holiday season.
“Go get your booster shot. Get it right now. Don’t wait. Other than that, the things we know still work,” Char said. “So wear your masks, especially when you are indoors and especially when you are with people who are outside of your usual home bubble.”
Char said only about 23% of Hawaii’s population has received a booster and more than 370,000 people remain unvaccinated.
There were three deaths from COVID-19 and more than 1,500 new cases reported on Thursday – and more than 1,800 new cases on Friday. The test positivity rate is now 9% statewide, but it is above 11% in O’ahu on Friday.
Information on vaccines and testing sites is available at hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine.