Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is taking proactive measures to protect visitors and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the island of Hawai’i experiences a significant increase in hospital admissions. In response to the “COVID-19 High Hospitalization Admission Level,” certain presentations and events have been cancelled, and visitors are urged to wear masks when indoors.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported a staggering 733.3% surge in COVID-19 admissions on the Big Island. The numbers rose from 7.5 admissions per 100,000 population to 37.2, surpassing the threshold of 20.0 considered “High.” This alarming increase prompted the National Park Service to share a message via social media platforms and the park’s official website.
To prioritize public safety, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has cancelled Tuesday’s scheduled program, After Dark In The Park. Additionally, all screenings in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium have been called off until further notice. These decisions were made with guidance from the CDC and the aim of reducing the spread of COVID-19 within the park and the surrounding counties.
The National Park Service emphasized the importance of wearing high-quality, well-fitting masks while entering visitor centers and other indoor areas. Visitors are urged to reschedule their visit if they exhibit any of the CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19 and to plan their trip once they have fully recovered.
By closely adhering to CDC guidelines, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is taking necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of its staff and visitors. The park remains committed to promoting a safe and enjoyable experience amidst the ongoing pandemic.
1. What are the CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19?
The CDC has identified several common symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
2. Is the park completely closed due to the rising COVID-19 admissions?
No, the park remains open. However, certain presentations and events have been cancelled to prioritize public safety. Visitors are urged to follow CDC guidelines and wear masks indoors.
3. When will the cancelled programs and screenings be rescheduled?
The rescheduling of cancelled programs and screenings will depend on the evolving situation of COVID-19 admissions. Visitors are advised to stay updated through the park’s official website and social media channels for any announcements.
4. What other safety measures are being implemented in the park?
In addition to wearing masks indoors, the park is likely to enforce social distancing protocols, regularly sanitize high-touch surfaces, and promote hand hygiene through the availability of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park.