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Hawaii Lt. Governor tests positive for COVID-19

Honolulu, Hawaii — Lt. Gov. Josh Green has tested positive for COVID-19, he has confirmed to Hawaii News Now.

It was not immediately clear whether the news would impact the governor — or if Green had had close contact with any other public officials who may need to be tested.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a deputy sheriff from the Executive Protection Unit assigned to the Hawaii Lieutenant Governor’s office reported a positive COVID-19 test result. But it’s uncertain how Green contracted the virus.

After receiving the positive results, Green said he would quarantine in his Downtown Honolulu condominium separate from his family. Green’s 14 other staffers are also self-isolating and seeking testing.

In an interview Friday night, Green urged residents to take the virus seriously.

“Just please everybody be thoughtful about who you’re around and how quickly you can spread disease. I’m 50 years old and pretty strong and healthy, but it’s a worry. The mortality rate is 1%.

“That means it’s very real. It’s much higher for our kupuna. I’m thanking God I wasn’t with my aunties or my mom or my dad these last few days. Wear a mask and take this seriously,” Green told HNN.

Read more at Hawaii News Now