Hawaii’s DOH investigated 2 COVID clusters linked to Oahu restaurant, entertainment venue

HONOLULU (KHON2) – In September, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) investigated two COVID clusters associated with a restaurant and entertainment venue in Oahu.

According to the DOH, four of 31 employees at an Oahu restaurant tested positive for COVID – three were unvaccinated and one was fully vaccinated. No secondary cases were identified and there were no hospitalizations.

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The three unvaccinated employees tested positive after the required weekly tests and were then asymptomatic. All four had overlapping shifts; three worked in front of the restaurant house. While an employee was at work while contagious, no case has other sources of infection.

The DOH reported that the restaurant was closed for 26 days.

The second cluster of COVID cases have been reported in connection with an entertainment venue in Oahu. According to the DOH, 13 of 120 employees tested positive for the coronavirus – of the 13, five were fully vaccinated and the other eight were not. Three secondary cases were identified among household members – two were fully immunized. None of the 16 associated cases was hospitalized.

Three employees carpooled to a testing site together and tested positive, prompting a DOH investigation. Two were unvaccinated and asymptomatic as they went to be tested for the required weekly tests. The third employee involved was fully vaccinated and tested for symptoms.

Upon further investigation, the DOH discovered that 10 other employees had tested positive during an event. While the owner said 71% of establishment employees were fully immunized, social distancing was not enforced and masks were not worn in locker rooms or during performances.

Employees also reported socializing outside of work without social distancing or masks, as well as admitting to sharing vapes and cigarettes during breaks, the DOH said. The business was closed for five days.

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Monday, September 13, City and County of Honolulu implemented on Secure access program. It required all employees in restaurants, bars, gyms and other establishments to provide proof of full COVID vaccination or to take weekly tests. To view the full DOH cluster report, click here.


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