(TargetLiberty.org) – A tourist from Oklahoma, who visited Hawaii, then violated the state’s strict 14-day quarantine for travelers, has been found dead in the ocean. Michael Oliphant, a 39-year-old, arrived in Honolulu on June 7 and cut short his quarantine by 4 days when he checked out of his hotel last Wednesday.
Early that same evening, a fisherman found a body in the water and called 911. The body was retrieved and brought ashore, where it was pronounced dead and later identified as Oliphant. The cause of death is so far unknown.
A tourist from Oklahoma who was supposed to be obeying Hawaii's 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving to the state was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in the ocean near Diamond Head, east of Honolulu. https://t.co/MrBgNlkCMe pic.twitter.com/5al8YN90yb
— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) June 23, 2020
People subject to quarantine are only permitted to leave their hotel rooms or homes for medical emergencies. The quarantine requirement for visitors has essentially halted tourism in the state, with devastating consequences for the economy. The frustration of traveling to a renowned vacation spot and then being unable to leave the hotel can be a very stressful situation and may have factored into his tragic death.
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