State health officials confirmed Friday that a Japanese tourist came down with symptoms of coronavirus during a vacation in Hawaii.
The man visited both Maui and Oahu. He did not have symptoms while on Maui but developed cold-like symptoms with no fever on Oahu starting on February 3rd.
Based on that date, Japan officials think the man was infected while in Japan or in transit to Hawaii. The incubation period is believed to run between 2 and 14 days.
Health Director Bruce Anderson says officials believe that someone who doesn’t have symptoms probably cannot transmit the virus.
While on Oahu, the tourist stayed at the Hilton Grand Hilton. It’s not clear where he stayed on Maui. Officials are looking for those who had face-to-face contact with the man.
Meanwhile, coronavirus test kits sent to Hawaii this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not work so new kits will be sent next week.
In a statement, Hawaiian Airlines confirmed that the Japanese tourist flew from Maui to Oahu on flight number HA265 on Feb. 3.
“We extend our sincere wishes for this gentlemen’s full recovery and are cooperating with public health agencies to support notification of passengers as they determine is necessary,” said a Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson. “We are also in the process of reaching out to crew and agents who supported this particular flight to make sure that they are healthy and supported.”
It is still unclear what airline the Japanese tourist flew to and from Japan, but it was not Hawaiian Airlines.
This story is developing. Please check back for updates.