Updated: October 29, 2021
Personally, I wouldn’t be going anywhere where’s there’s a not a lot of hospital beds, no matter if there’s a pandemic going on or not. But especially when COVID is running rampant. What happens if you get in a car accident or have a heart attack?
So how do you find out what the numbers are? There are a few ways:
1. Use Google
Google the destination and the word “hospitalizations” or “COVID rates”. I just did that with Honolulu and the State of Hawai’i – Department of Health Disease Outbreak Control Division | COVID-19 website came up. It shows case numbers, which are clearly skyrocketing and there’s a summary dashboard that includes Maps, Epidemic Curve, County Rates, and Testing Data.
2. Read The Local News
Check the local newspapers or TV station websites and see what their top stories are. For KHON2 (Channel 2 news), their top story reads: We’re closer to the point where we will run out of capacity’: Hawaii health officials urge no gatherings. One of the quotes in the story is from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii president stating, “We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we really will run out of capacity in the state.” Gulp.
I can’t imagine Hawaii not implementing stricter entry requirements like instituting mandatory testing or quarantine again, which will kill tourism. But that’s why I think it’s best that travelers just start going to other places that aren’t being hammered right now.
Speaking of other places, a Twitter follower from Canada just asked me: “Hey @JohnnyJet we had a trip planned for Punta Cana, but now thinking about flying into FLL renting a car and staying in Port Saint Lucie, what are your thoughts on spending a week in Florida for a week in November? Both of us are double vaccinated.”
My answer: November is a long way away. It all depends on the numbers but if it was for this week, I would say no way, Jose.
This brings me to my go-to website for checking hospitalizations and case numbers. COVID Vaccine & Risk Tracker – Covid Act Now. Just type in the destination like Port St. Lucie and as you can see from the screenshot below, they’re disastrous.
Listen, I get it. People want to travel. I’m one of them and I think if you’re fully vaccinated, don’t have any pre-existing conditions, and don’t live with anyone who is vulnerable, like those with health problems or little kids who can’t get vaccinated, then go. Just be sure to follow the guidelines and rules like wearing a mask, not going out if you’re sick or have been exposed, and don’t go to an area that’s being hammered or is a place where locals don’t want tourists because of a strained infrastructure. I would also avoid crowds and eating indoors and try to fly first class to have fewer people around me.
Another resource: CDC COVID Data Tracker
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