Hawaii Gov David Ige, center, state Health Director Bruce Anderson, left, and state Epidemiologist Sarah Park, right, discuss a tourist who was confirmed with the coronavirus after returning home to Japan at a news conference in Honolulu on Friday. Photo: AP/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Japanese man who visited Hawaii confirmed with coronavirus


A man who visited Hawaii was confirmed to have coronavirus when he returned home to Japan, Hawaii officials said Friday.

Health officials were tracking down details about his travel in the Aloha State, including his flight information and people with whom he had close contact.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Hawaii about the man having the illness known as COVID-19 on Friday morning, Hawaii Health Director Bruce Anderson said.

The man was in Hawaii Jan 28 to Feb 7. He first visited the island of Maui, where he had no symptoms, Anderson said. He was on Oahu, the state's most populated island, Feb 3-7. While on Oahu, he had cold-like symptoms, but no fever, Anderson said.

He developed more serious symptoms when he returned to Japan, where he was tested and found to be positive for the illness, Anderson. He did not seek medical care in Hawaii, Anderson said.

Because of when his symptoms began, officials believe he became infected in Japan or while in transit to Hawaii, said state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park.

He is from Japan's Aichi Prefecture. The man was traveling with his wife, and while on Oahu, they stayed in Grand Waikikian By Hilton, officials said.

“Our focus at this point is to try and understand who potentially this person may have had close, prolonged contact," Park said, adding that they're concentrating on his whereabouts while on Oahu because that's where he developed symptoms.

If any close contacts are identified, those people would be isolated for 14 days, Anderson said.

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Time to check the guest list at the Grand Waikikian. Poor fellow got it somewhere.

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Poor fellow got it somewhere.

He got it in Japan according to the article.

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Time to quarantine Hawaii.

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More than likely someone on the plane had it.

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He got it in Japan according to the article.

Not definite.

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Regardless of where he got it, every guest at that hotel needs to be tracked down as they may have become infected.

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Agreed ^

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Poor fellow got it somewhere.

He got it in Japan according to the article

From undoubtedly a Chinese tourist or from someone from the Dimond Cruise Ship.

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Hawaii is a very popular sightseeing state for Chinese and Japanese sightseers. He might have contacted with Chinese tours at hotel or restaurant.

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Regardless of where he got it, every guest at that hotel needs to be tracked down as they may have become infected.

Clearly unnecessarily melodramatic, because the death rate in Japan and the couple hundred cases of infected, hardly warrant such action.A good few posters enjoy trumpeting up the dangers of the virus and talking about the number infected. If people start dropping like flies,then there's a cause for major concern.But it's not like that.Watching the tv and how Chinese got in my taxi and blah,blah,blah,has contributed to the brain washing of Japanese and many resident foreigners. And if you're gonna catch it,you will.How's your immune system doing?

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From undoubtedly a Chinese tourist or from someone from the Diamond Cruise Ship.

I think it is more like : possibly than undoubtedly. He started showing symptom in between the 3rd and 7th (non specified which day) of February. As incubation can go from 2 days to 14days according to the current information, it could have caught COVID-19 in between the 20th of January and 5th of February. As symptom can be mild, he could even caught it prior to the 20th. So the option of getting from Japanese as through contact with one of the people from the Tokyo cluster is not void.

As the Diamond Princess cruise ship reached Yokohama the 4th of February and this sir reached Hawaii the 29th of January, I think people tracking link between cases are most likely to cross this one out.

In the same time, are we supposed to think there is some difference depending who he catch the COVID-19 from ? As long as the experts are able to follow the contamination tread that should be enough, isn't it ?

Dear Sir : odaijini

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stop using old non-sense philosophy of blocking the water and sea, while you try to block people off the ship, let your own people get infected,not doing anything, more meetings and " brain" storming , now you have infected people popping up inside the country with impossible to track their whereabouts and contacts with general public. some point, U.S will put travel restriction on Japanese travels coming into U.S territories.

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