The coronaviruses that have been spreading across the United States have not yet reached Hawaii, and there is no evidence of widespread illness in the islands.
That could change as soon as Friday, when Hawaii’s governor and several of his state’s top officials are scheduled to visit the state for a conference on the pandemic.
Hawaii has been the site of a national health emergency in the past two years, with coronavirence linked to more than 200 people, most of them infected with the H1N1 virus.
The coronas are spreading as they spread throughout the nation.
Neil Abercrombie and Gov.
Linda Lingle will be among the people in the state’s capital on Friday, and Gov.-elect Brian Schweitzer, who has already been in office since Jan. 1, is scheduled to return to the island later this month.
The governor-elect and Schweitzer have been at odds with each other for weeks over Schweitzer’s refusal to back a plan to raise the state salary, a move that angered some members of the state legislature and drew criticism from the governor-delegation.
The president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, which is also planning to attend the meeting, called the governor’s plans a “threat to our nation.”
The meeting will be hosted by Hawaii’s tourism agency and is open to the public, with officials also scheduled to discuss a new program to combat coronaviral spread in the island.
It was not immediately clear when the governor and Schweizer would attend the event.