At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., we take pride in helping people in the state of Hawaii who has been affected by serious injuries. However, we need to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is affecting so many lives in this state and across the country. Our team is dedicated to helping victims of injuries, and we recognize the importance of being safe right now. What does this mean for Hawaii residents?
While Hawaii has a fairly low coronavirus outbreak number, that does not mean that every precaution should not be made to prevent the virus from spreading. That is why, like most other states in this country, Gov. David Ige has issued a stay at home order for everyone unless they are deemed, essential workers. The order from Ige says that people should only leave their homes to shop for groceries, pharmaceuticals, or other essential supplies. The order also allows for people to go out and exercise, so long as they maintain proper social distancing rules.
Gov. Ige has allowed police to enforce this order and violators could face up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.
The most effective way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” of new infections and deaths is to limit exposure to other people.
At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., Hawaii medical malpractice attorneys want to stress the importance of being safe when you do go outside. Both drivers and pedestrians alike need to continue to be aware of their surroundings. While there is less traffic, this could lull everyone into a false sense of security on the roadway.
If you are outside exercising (while staying six feet away from others), you need to be aware of any vehicle traffic. Whether you are walking, jogging, or cycling, you need to continue to follow all traffic laws and use marked crosswalks and sidewalks when they are available.
Drivers should not be less vigilant just because there is less traffic on the roadway. We encourage all drivers to put their cell phones and other devices away to minimize distractions. Be aware that there may be more pedestrian or bicycle traffic than normal as people work to exercise during this ongoing pandemic.
Millions of health care workers throughout the United States are putting their lives on the line every day to combat COVID-19. As we have learned over the last month, many of these workers are doing so even though they do not have the proper personal protective equipment necessary to keep themselves safe. Many medical workers have chosen to live separately from their families to keep the ones they love safe.
At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., we want to extend our gratitude to health care workers throughout Hawaii and the rest of the United States. Thank you for doing everything you can to keep the rest of us safe. If you need legal assistance during this situation you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 866-377-3676.