The Latest: 2 Deaths, 50 New Cases; AG's Office Continues To Enforce Quarantine Rules

Feb 19, 2021

Updated 2/19/21, 12 p.m.

Law enforcement agents in Hawaii continue to arrest violators of the state's quarantine restrictions.

The Attorney General's office says two visitors from Fresno, California were arrested in Waikiki Thursday morning. Special agents from the AG's investigation's division say the two tried to check into a hotel without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

When they were told they needed to go into mandatory quarantine they left and checked into another hotel -- where they were arrested after claiming they were state residents.

On Friday, a Michigan visitor was arrested when a Waikiki hotel notified officials he did not check in at his designated place of quarantine.

It turns out he checked into another hotel, trying to avoid quarantine.

Bail for all three individuals was set at $2,000 a piece.

Where we stand

The state Department of Health reported 50 new cases and two new fatalities on Friday. 

According to the state's numbers, Oʻahu had 21, Maui 21, Hawaiʻi Island 2, and Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi had no new cases. Four residents were diganosed out-of-state.

The latest state count brings the Oʻahu total to 21,716, Hawaiʻi County 2,226, Maui 1,987, Kauaʻi 180, Lānaʻi 109, and Molokaʻi 27. The number of out-of-state cases totals 804.

Since the pandemic began, the state has tallied 27,048 cases. The death toll stands at 430.

As a result of updated information, the health department removed one case each on Oʻahu and Maui from the overall counts. One case on Oʻahu was recategorized to Maui.