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Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest March 31, 2020

Office of the Governor: Governor Ige Extends Condolences to Family of First COVID-19 Patient An older adult O‘ahu resident, who was hospitalized with multiple medical issues, is the first person in Hawai‘i diagnosed with COVID-19 to die. Gov. Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson, and Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency Director Kenneth Hara all expressed sorrow for the loss of one of Hawai‘i’s kupuna and offered their condolences to the family. The exact cause of  death has not been determined. Additional Details on Interisland Travel Restrictions Gov. David Ige today signed a fourth supplementary proclamation that requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands in the State of Hawai‘i to self-quarantine for 14 days. Those who must travel to perform an essential function, including those providing and seeking medical care, will have to fill out and sign an Interisland Declaration Form, wear appropriate protective gear – primarily masks, and follow all social distancing requirements. The quarantine mandate takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Apr. 1. Violations of this order could result in a misdemeanor with fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to one year in prison, or both. If you have [...]

2020-06-12T13:06:36-10:00March 31st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

CRAFT RUM DISTILLERY PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER DURING PANDEMIC

HONOLULU – On Saturday, March 29, a 55-gallon barrel of hand sanitizer rolled from the vat room of a distillery in Kunia, to staff and volunteers waiting next door in the tasting room. This is the result of Gov. David Ige and the co-founders of KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum organizing a local business hui to manufacture hundreds of gallons of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved hand sanitizer for use during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who’s tried to buy hand sanitizer knows it’s currently in short supply. Twelve days ago, KoHana Distillers reached out to the Governor’s Office and offered to fill the supply gap and provide sanitizer to hospitals, first responders, correctional facilities, homeless providers and to the Hawai‘i Dept. of Education at no cost. A by-product of rum distilling is high-proof ethanol, the main ingredient required in FDA-approved sanitizers. So, the administration, through an inquiry with the Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, began providing guidance to KoHana Distillers and the Hawai‘i Agricultural Research Center (HARC) to help navigate the stringent rules and regulations required by the FDA. These initial efforts connected Phillip Giacobbi of Kaumana Pharmaceutics to the hui of businesses willing to provide bottles, labels, [...]

2020-06-12T13:12:33-10:00March 31st, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawai‘i Department of Health launches COVID-19 public awareness campaign featuring Frank De Lima

HONOLULU – Beginning March 30 through July 31, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is launching the “Stay Healthy, Stay at Home” campaign on KHON2, iHeart Media, and in Honolulu Star Advertiser print and digital platforms. The goal of the campaign is to encourage adults, especially seniors, to practice social distancing and good hygiene to prevent further cases of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. During this time of uncertainty, the advertisements use local humor to empower residents with simple actions they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Health Director Bruce Anderson, said, “We’re pleased to team up with Frank De Lima to remind everyone about the simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy. We urge everyone to do like Frank does in the videos—practice good hygiene and social distancing and remember to take care of your well-being and mental health.” De Lima—a senior himself—was a natural fit for the campaign, having released his “Corona, Corona” song about the virus woes earlier this month. A longtime champion for health, he has partnered with DOH in the past, serving as the spokesperson for the successful “Prevent Diabetes Hawai‘i” social marketing campaign (2017). As published in [...]

2020-06-12T13:12:33-10:00March 30th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawai’i COVID-19 Daily News Digest March 30, 2020

Office of the Governor: Inter-island Travel Now Requires 14-Day Self-Quarantine During today’s news briefing, Governor Ige announced that anyone traveling between islands will now be required to self-quarantine in their home or other lodging for 14 days. This does not apply to those who are considered essential workers, but they are required to wear personal protective equipment during flights. This mandatory rule takes effect at midnight, Wednesday, April 1 and continues until April 30. It is intended to further stop community spread of the coronavirus in Hawai‘i. The governor reiterated his top priority is the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people and said it is “more important than ever to continue to practice social distancing. We cannot let our guard down.” Hawai‘i to Receive at Least $4 Billion in Federal Aid Under CARES Act U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (by phone) and Congressman Ed Case joined Governor Ige for today’s briefing to announce the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide a minimum of $4 billion to Hawai‘i. Among the benefits provided by the infusion of funding are increased unemployment payments and a whole host of other benefits to bolster businesses and individuals suffering economically during [...]

2020-05-28T08:53:30-10:00March 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Sunday March 29, 2020: From the Office of Governor Ige

Dept. of Health: Positive Test Results for COVID-19 Now at 175 DOH reports 24 positive test results today and all of the new cases are adults, none of whom have required hospitalization. All but one of the new cases are residents of the state, and only one (1) non-resident, who tested positive on Hawai‘i Island. Of the 24 new positive test results reported today, 11 are from the City & County of Honolulu, two (2) from the County of Hawai‘i, four (4) from Maui County and one (1) from the County of Kaua‘i. County of diagnosis or residency is pending in 6 (six) cases. There are 175 presumptive or positive cases to date, with the vast majority being Hawai‘i residents (145) and (20) non-residents. To date, 10 cases have unknown residency. There have been nearly 8,000 laboratory tests conducted for COVID-19 samples. Sentinel testing is still on-going and private clinical laboratories are now testing all samples for flu-related illnesses in addition to COVID-19. “We need to continue practicing social distancing because it is a way to lower the curve of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. Everyone needs to take the measures implemented seriously and abide by those requirements”, said Health Director Bruce Anderson. [...]

2020-06-12T13:15:22-10:00March 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

3/28 FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR IGE

Dept. of Health: Today’s Report of Positive Test Results for COVID-19 DOH reports 29 positive test results today: One (1) of the cases is a minor and the rest are adults, 24 are residents of the state, three (3) are non-residents, and information is pending on two cases. Of the 29 new positive test results reported today, 19 are from the County of Honolulu, three (3) from the County of Hawai‘i, and six (6) from the County Kaua‘i, one (1) is unknown. There are 151 presumptive or positive cases to date, with the vast majority being Hawai‘i residents (126) and 19 non-Hawai‘i residents (to date, six cases have unknown residency). There have been nearly 7,000 laboratory tests conducted for COVID-19 samples from Hawai‘i with 151 positive results to date. https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/ Warning About Use of Antimalaria Drugs for COVID-19 DOH warns everyone about the hazards and dangers of using non-approved drugs for COVID-19. Antimalarial drugs have been recently reported as possible treatments for the novel coronavirus. “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause severe cardiac toxicity, and in high doses over a long duration, can cause retinal damage and lead to permanent blindness,” said Dr. Alvin Bronstein, DOH Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention [...]

2020-06-12T13:15:22-10:00March 28th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

HAWAI’I DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS OF POTENTIAL ADVERSE EFFECTS OF USING ANTIMALARIA DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is warning everyone about the hazards and dangers of using non-approved drugs for COVID-19. Antimalarial drugs have been recently reported as possible treatments against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. While hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescription medications have been used for treatment of malaria and certain inflammatory conditions, the efficacy for COVID-19 are unproven and potentially dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19 and a vaccine is not yet available. “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause severe cardiac toxicity, and in high doses over a long duration, can cause retinal damage and lead to permanent blindness,” said Dr. Alvin Bronstein, DOH Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch Chief. “Individuals using these medications without physician supervision run serious risks of side effects and potential overdoses. Other medications are being touted, but nothing has been proven to be effective and may even do more harm than good.” On March 25, the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued a warning about the dangers of using hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus, stating “While chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine has demonstrated benefits for multiple chronic [...]

2020-06-12T13:12:33-10:00March 28th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

FRIDAY, MARCH 27: FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR IGE

Dept. of Health: DOH reports 14 positive test results today: All of the cases are adults, 12 are residents of the state, one (1) is a non-resident, and one (1) person’s residency is unknown at this time. Of the 14 new positive test results reported today, 10 are from Honolulu, two (2) from Hawai‘i Island, and two (2) from Maui County. There are 120 presumptive or positive cases to date, with the vast majority being Hawai‘i residents (100) and 16 non-Hawai‘i residents. To date, there have been more than 5,800 tests conducted for COVID-19 samples from Hawai‘i with 120 positive results. https://hawaiicovid19.com DOH and the City & County of Honolulu have mobilized public, private and nonprofit support to provide COVID-19 testing and quarantine services for the homeless community at 524 Ka‘a‘ahi Street in Iwilei. Today, plans were announced to open the COVID-19 Medical Triage and Quarantine Center and provide mobile testing to serve homeless individuals on O‘ahu early next week. “Bringing together government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector is especially important; the partnership allows us to fund, set up, and operate critical services in far less time than any of us would be able to achieve on our own,” said Gov. [...]

2020-06-12T13:15:22-10:00March 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

MAUI COUNTY- DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING FOR COVID-19 ON MONDAY, MARCH 30TH

Drive-through testing for COVID-19 will take place again on Monday, March 30, at War Memorial Gym parking lot (700 Halia Nakoa Street in Wailuku). Persons with respiratory symptoms and a history of contact with other ill persons must call to make an appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.. Callers will be screened to see if they are eligible for testing and will be given further instructions. To make an appointment, call (808) 270-7228. Calls will be answered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27. If the phone line is busy or there’s no answer, do not leave a voicemail. Call alternate phone numbers: (808) 500-8118 (808) 500-8117 (808) 500-8120 A total of 162 samples were taken over the course of two days at the drive-through testing site, earlier this week. Monday’s drive-through testing, which will have 100 test kits, is a collaboration between the Hawaii Department of Health Maui District Health Office, the County of Maui, Kaiser Clinics, Maui Memorial Medical Center and Clinical Labs of Hawaii. The goal of the drive-through testing is to help prevent overloading Maui Memorial, which should only be called by people with severe symptoms. Testing may also help to identify [...]

2020-06-12T13:12:33-10:00March 27th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest March 26, 2020

Office of the Governor: Today is the first day of the governor’s order that all arrivals to Hawai‘i undergo, mandatory, 14-day-long self-quarantine. This applies to all visitors and returning Hawai‘i residents. Initial reports indicate that incoming airport traffic was light, as expected, and that the process on this first day of the mandatory order, for the most part, went smoothly. https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/governors-office-news-release-gov-ige-orders-mandatory-14-day-quarantine-for-all-individuals-arriving-or-returning-to-the-state-of-hawaiʻi/    Office of the Lt. Governor: Lt. Governor Green is the State Liaison for Healthcare Response. He spent the past three weeks speaking with the healthcare community and visiting facilities, including five major hospitals statewide. Approximately 200 providers participate in each call weekly in partnership with the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i. Lt. Gov. Green also meets twice weekly with healthcare representatives as part of the COVID-19 Healthcare Task Force. Current concerns from the healthcare community are personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator shortages and ensuring everyone in Hawai‘i heeds stay-at-home and work-from-home orders and the14-day self-quarantine orders. Lt. Gov. Green is working with Dir. Hara, healthcare providers and the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi to streamline supply ordering and hospital/healthcare occupancy reporting. http://hah.org/covid-19/   Department of Health: DOH reports eleven (11) new cases today, all of whom are Hawai’i residents, [...]

2020-06-12T13:14:38-10:00March 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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