Five positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported among members of the production of “Love Island,” a CBS reality show filming on the Big Island, according to Hawaii State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson.
Dawson confirmed the case report today after the news had been posted on social media Saturday.
The state Department of Health “has been notified, contact tracing has been done for all cases and those in close contact are in quarantine and testing of those cases will continue,” Dawson said in a text message to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
“’Love Island Season 3’ has gone beyond both the CDC and union ‘return to work’ COVID guidelines for production,” the show’s production company ITV Entertainment said in an emailed statement.
Precautions include “high-frequency testing (2-3 times per week), PPE for everyone not on camera, contact tracing and quarantine protocols,” the statement said, noting production also has been in constant contact with state and local officials per their respective health guidelines.
“The health and safety of our cast and crew remains our number one priority,” ITV Entertainment said.
Due to pandemic procedures, the film industry “is probably the safest of any industry right now,” Dawson said.