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Former Miss Hawaii Urges State to ‘Shelter in Place’ as She Exams Optimistic for Coronavirus

Former Miss Hawaii Urges State to ‘Shelter in Place’ as She Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Former Miss Hawaii Jeanné Kapela is urging her dwelling state to implement a “shelter-in-place” order and to shut faculties indefinitely to guard its residents after she examined constructive for coronavirus.

Kapela, who was topped Miss Hawaii 2015 and competed within the Miss America pageant the next 12 months, wrote on Fb on Friday that she believes she contracted the virus throughout a latest journey to New York Metropolis.

Kapela, 25, mentioned she was largely asymptomatic, save for a minor cough, and didn’t have a fever or another flu-like signs.

The aspiring politician mentioned she tried to get examined in New York, however was unable to, and finally did so again in Hawaii.

“Whereas I used to be initially shocked about my take a look at consequence, my shock has turn out to be deep concern for our state. Now’s the time to band collectively in frequent trigger to forestall the unfold of this sickness on our shores,” she wrote.

Kapela referred to as on Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim to comply with the lead of cities like San Francisco and implement a 15-day “shelter-in-place” order, and to ban all nonessential journey to and from the island.

“Moreover, our state ought to shut all faculties indefinitely to guard academics and our keiki, whereas shortly instituting a two-week quarantine for all vacationers getting into the islands,” she wrote.

Public faculties in Hawaii are at the moment closed on an prolonged spring break, however are scheduled to reopen on April 6, in accordance with the Hawaii State Division of Training.

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“Lastly, lawmakers should prioritize working households and small companies in overcoming the monetary devastation wrought by this disaster,” she wrote. “Once we assist employees meet their fundamental wants, everybody prospers. Paid sick and emergency go away, entry to childcare and household go away, will increase to unemployment advantages, and the extension of loans to impacted native companies are all measures which can be very important in defending economically weak residents and public well being.”

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Hawaii has 56 confirmed instances of coronavirus as of Monday morning, in accordance with the New York Occasions. The US has a minimum of 33,018 instances, and a minimum of 428 deaths.

The outlet reported that folks arriving in Hawaii will quickly should quarantine themselves for 2 weeks or danger going to jail for a 12 months.

“We’re one ‘ohana. We nicely get by way of this. Collectively, we are going to emerge extra united, extra resilient, and extra crammed with aloha for each other,” Kapela, who was topped Miss Congeniality in 2016, concluded.