Green: Unvaccinated COVID patients are taking away resources from others

Hawaii Tribune

“These are the darkest days of the pandemic for us,” Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Friday.

Green, a Big Island emergency room physician, said during a livestream that 90% of the people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. 

“So, 381 individuals in the hospital, and … 38 people vaccinated, exactly 10% of the 381 people that were in the hospital with COVID,” Green said. “We also had four fatalities (Thursday), and we have more than 50 people in the intensive care units on a ventilator, where 50-50 chances are that you will die.”

The high rate of COVID hospitalizations, fueled by the Delta variant, is taking away resources needed for others, he said.

Green said he knows of a breast cancer patient whose mastectomy was been delayed because a hospital doesn’t “have an ICU bed for her recovery,” and a 74-year-old man he treated for a heart attack last weekend, fully vaccinated and COVID-free, who was forced to wait hours to be flown to The Queen’s Medical Center.

“Anyone who’s not vaccinated needs to know that if they catch COVID and are among the 4.5% who get hospitalized, they of course will be cared for professionally and lovingly, but they will be taking beds away from people who have car accidents, who have strokes, who have heart attacks. And that’s not necessary,” Green said.

“If we had been fully vaccinated at 95%, say, leaving only 5% who have serious philosophical or religious reasons not to get vaccinated, you and I would be talking about 20 people in the hospital and possibly 30 cases across the state. Instead, we’re talking about 800 cases-plus (daily), and we’re talking about 381 people in the hospital.”

Green said almost 83% of those eligible for vaccinations have received at least one shot — about 994,000 out of 1.2 million people.

“When the FDA fully approves the vaccination, I do believe that 100,000 out of the 225,000 (unvaccinated) individuals in Hawaii will choose to get vaccinated,” he said. “That’s what the numbers have suggested through polling and discussions. … When they approve the vaccination for ages 5 to 11, we should get another 40,000 to 50,000 young citizens vaccinated.”

Green said he thinks that vaccination verification for individuals to enter a bar, restaurant or gym or to use public transportation or other facilities, such as libraries, might occur, and the state is developing an app to be used if the policy is implemented.

“That’s what they’re doing in New York. That’s what they’re doing in San Francisco. And that would prevent spread, so we’re working up that policy and giving that as an option to the governor,” he said.

The lieutenant governor said surveillance testing in schools also is a possibility in the near term.

“We’re already testing a lot of kids in schools, and we have a program up right now where children or families can request tests and they get them for free (at) our pharmacies,” he explained. “That data will begin to roll in, and we’ll know in which regions our schools are having the highest positivity rates.”

Mayor Mitch Roth on Wednesday urged Gov. David Ige to reinstate pretravel COVID-19 testing for all trans-Pacific passengers arriving in the islands, regardless of vaccination or residency status.

Green said he doesn’t think that will be approved.

“The reason it hasn’t already been reimplemented — in other words, making everyone pretest before coming — is because the CDC has given us … a national ruling that travel, if people are vaccinated, is safe. Therefore, after talking to our attorney general and other lawyers on our team, they tell us it won’t stand up in court,” Green said. “… Having said that, reimplementing a pretest would do a couple of things. It would catch some cases, there is no doubt about it. And that would be helpful. But that’s not where the largest problem lies.

“One to 2% of our cases are coming from (visitors). About 12% of our cases are coming from residents returning that are unvaccinated and refusing to test. Remember, we’re not allowed to legally demand a test. All we can legally do is to put people into quarantine.”

Roth said he hadn’t heard Green’s comments about pretravel testing, but said he’s had a conversation with Ige regarding the request, and added the governor is considering it, among other measures.

“I think he’s taking a whole bunch of things into consideration,” Roth said.

Green said reinstating the pretravel testing despite potential lawsuits would probably, at least temporarily, cut by half the 30,000-some daily trans-Pacific arrivals, because it’s difficult to get a test amidst the mainland COVID surge.

“With fewer people coming, there would be fewer people working and interacting with one another, so case counts could come down,” Green said. “But the cost would be … poverty would rise, people would not be able to pay their rent, and so on.

“The only real successful thing we can do is to … convince people to be vaccinated either because they listened to their doctor or nurse, or because the FDA approval (convinced) them to get it. The other thing we can do is … to not have any gatherings if we are unvaccinated.

“Unvaccinated gatherings are absolutely spreading this disease.”

Hawaii Tribune

6 thoughts on “Green: Unvaccinated COVID patients are taking away resources from others

  1. Good luck Nazis

    Bring it and see where all this ends..!

    Tyrants Must be hanged… after a short trial of course unless is during war, then Summary execution will be the rule for such treason and sedition against the people’s bill of rights

    There is no emergency clause that allows the suspension of our rights… I know u think so but u are wrong!

    1. Norm, I agree fully with your staement. Suicidal zombies are free to get injected if they wish, but have no call to blame those who see through the government and MSM lies. Never will I or my wife take the jab…and if anybody tries to impose or force it on us I will be doing some vaccinating myself…of the 30-06 variety.

  2. Beware of people who name themselves after money. Like Green, or agile or Silver. Here in Texas 95+% of the people sick and or hospitalized have taken the tribal poison. Unvaccinated sick people? Not so much.
    Jesus H Christ. Sorry. Why are there so many ignorant and stupid people.
    I seriously have to evaluate it every day. Am I living in the Matrix and being used as a battery to power the AI? At least you can see Zombie’s coming. Stupid people are totally camalflauged until they open their Pie holes and start spewing delusional thoughts bereft of logic, facts or reason.
    The Governor of Oregon signed some “Thing” that says math and reading will no longer be required to graduate from high school. I’ll openly diagnose her as as a psychotic who is dangerous to herself and others. Where TF did that idea come from? Equity. Even chimps and gorillas don’t have equity. Try to sneak up on one of the #1 Silverback’s Harem and sneak in some action.
    There will be no Equity for that Gorilla.

  3. “Unvaccinated gatherings are absolutely spreading this disease.”

    There is no Covid-19, nor are the lethal injections “vaccines”. If Covid-19 were real, would they really be so keen on sending millions of illegal aliens all over the country? Wouldn’t those same illegal aliens flood the hospitals if they had this Boogeyman virus? The reality is, those illegal aliens are being strategically placed all over the country to attempt to invade and try seize everything that belongs to American Nationals (they will fail, and they will die!). I am so sick of this shit show!

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