Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 30, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Hawai‘i Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator Gives Update

On a Facebook Live today, Gov. David Ige and Alan Oshima, Hawai‘i’s Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator, discussed plans to keep the community safe while beginning to reopen designated sectors. Oshima said his group is connecting with business and community representatives to gather input, share ideas, and provide ways we can create Hawai‘i’s “new normal.” The planning phases include stabilization (immediate health and economic needs), recovery (job growth and investment), and resiliency (restructuring for a stronger future). Both also emphasized the importance of seeing the entire chain of economic recovery – from agriculture and energy to tourism, non-profits and social services – and how to rebrand Hawai‘i as not just a pretty place, but a safe, healthy state that depends on residents and visitors alike acting responsibly. Learn more: recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov

 

Department of Health:

Five Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

Five (5) new cases of coronavirus, including three (3) on Hawai‘i island, one (1) on Maui and one (1) Hawai‘i resident diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i have been reported by DOH. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i to 618 since Feb. 28, 2020. Four (4) cases are adults and one is a minor.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 30, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 0 399 364
Hawai‘i 3 73 58
Maui 1 114 84
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 1 9  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 5 618  
Total released from isolation     526
Deaths 0 16  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
30,296** 616 29,665

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **15 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

Graph of confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of April 30, 2020

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

Hawai‘i Visitor Arrivals, Spending, Down 50 Percent

New research shows Hawai‘i visitor arrivals and spending is down more than 50 percent compared to a year ago. Flight cancellations began in February, initially affecting the China market. Then in March, a majority of the flights to the state were cancelled. Most cruise lines also suspended ship operations in U.S. waters on March 13. Overall visitor arrivals are down 53.7 percent in March 2020, year-to-year. Visitor spending is down 52.2 percent.

Yesterday a total of 590 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 187 visitors and 220 residents. There was a total of 14 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew   2 95 2 99
Intended New Resident     62 2 64
Resident   46 162 12 220
Transit     20   20
Visitor   20 160 7 187
GRAND TOTAL 0 68 499 23 590
Flights 0 1 12 1 14

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4544/043020-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4543/march-2020-visitor-statistics-press-release-final.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 27, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 175 119 188 111 24 5 2 0 624
Kona (KOA) 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37
Hilo (ITO) 124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 124
Kahului (OGG)   108 9 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 125
Līhuʻe (LIH) 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 64
Molokaʻi (MMK) 29 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 40
Lānaʻi (LYN) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
Total Arriving 364 184 119 211 111 29 6 2 2 1,028

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Transportation:

Identification Credentials, Safety Checks, and Vehicle Registration Updates

Driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and State Identification cards that expire between March 15 and May 31, 2020, are being granted a 90-day waiver. All State-issued credentials expiring during this date range will be considered valid for an additional 90-days from the end of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation on May 31, 2020. This extension is to provide enough time for people to obtain or renew credentials once face-to-face government services are reopened. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders with a CDL that expired between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, are allowed an extension of up to 90-days but the 90 days cannot go past June 30, 2020.

Safety check certificates and stickers expiring on or before May 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 31, 2020. All other safety checks that expire in 2020 will be valid for an additional 3 months after the 2020 expiration date. HDOT is extending the safety check waiver to minimize unnecessary face-to-face interactions and to provide enough time for Periodic Inspection of Motor Vehicle (PMVI) stations, counties, and people to conduct and process safety checks once the stay-at-home order ends.

Motor vehicle registration fees and any applicable penalty fees for late registration have not changed. These funds are necessary to meet the local share of upcoming stimulus projects for road construction and maintenance. You can do renewals for registration by mail, online, or through available kiosks. For more information:

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/30/hdot-covid-19-update-identification-credentials-safety-checks-and-vehicle-registrations/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 30, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 29, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Hawai‘i, We Are Almost There

Governor David Ige was cautiously optimistic in remarks delivered at a news briefing this afternoon. “Your hard work, sacrifices, and diligence are paying off,” the governor said. For the past ten days, the state has experienced six or fewer new cases of COVID-19. “The curve has flattened…until there is a vaccine or cure we are not out of the woods, and we still need to remain extremely vigilant,” Governor Ige emphasized. He singled out Kauai Mayor Derick Kawakami’s leadership and the people of the Garden Island for becoming the first island with no new or active cases in two weeks

Work to Relax Restrictions and Mandates Underway

With Hawai‘i’s low rate of coronavirus infections, Governor Ige says state and county leaders are looking at easing restrictions and reopening the local economy. He reiterated his earlier pledge that this will happen in phases, based on health data, science and guidance from healthcare advisors. The governor and county mayors are looking at ways to scale back mandates in a cautious, safe and coordinated manner. However, the governor warned, “Please keep in mind that there is a widespread expectation of a second wave of cases, not just here, but on the mainland and worldwide. If we start to see a surge, some of the mandates may have to be reinstated.”

Help for Self-Employed and Independent Contractors

The governor announced the launch of a new system to specifically help people are are not typically eligible for regular unemployment benefits. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA was made available through the federal CARES Act. As it is a new program, it comes with new requirements and Governor Ige describes it as a difficult process. He said, “Hawai‘i is one of the first states to bring PUA on line. I’m pleased to announce that starting this week people can begin to submit applications for PUA relief funds.”

pua.hawaii.gov

Additional Help for Small Businesses

Payments to businesses under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which has brought more than $2 billion in forgivable loans to the state, will not be subject to the State General Excise Tax (GET). Governor Ige said this will help ensure that funds stay in the hands of small businesses so they can keep people on their payrolls and cover some of their operational expenses. While the state can administratively waive GET, it can’t do the same for income taxes. So in keeping with the federal stance that PPP loans are excluded from federal gross income tax, the Dept. of Taxation will be asking the Hawai‘i State Legislature to pass legislation that permits the state to conform to federal rules. This is expected to provide some relief to the more than 11,000 small businesses that have received PPP loans, with a second round of funding that started on Monday.

 

Lt. Governor’s Office:

Lt. Governor Proclaims, “The Curve is Flat – You Did It!”

During remarks at today’s media briefing Lt. Governor Josh Green thanked everyone in Hawai‘i for doing a great job in practicing social distancing and taking other measures which have greatly flattened the curve of new COVID-19 infections in the state. “We are sad to lose 16 of our loved ones and our hearts are with their families and friends,” Green said. He added, “Fortunately Hawai‘i is among a few states with the lowest mortality rate. The fact that we share this distrinctrion with really rural states like Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, is a great sign for Hawai‘i. The Lt. Governor cautioned everyone not to become complacent, saying it is likely there will be additional deaths. While the curve has been flattened (four new cases today), people already in the hospital or have chronic conditions could still succumb to COVID-19, even as the number of cases and active disease decreases. Green, the governor’s healthcare liaison, shared the following statewide hospital numbers:

HOSPITAL BEDS ICU BEDS VENTILATORS
TOTAL 2,773 244 459
IN-USE 1,451 101 63
PERCENTAGE 52% 41% 14%

 

Department of Health:

Four Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

Four (4) new cases of coronavirus, included three (3) O‘ahu adults and one (1) Hawai‘i resident diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i have been reported by DOH. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i to 613 since Feb. 28, 2020. As of today, 321 cases are travel-associated, 236 are community-associated, and 56 with risk factors unknown at this time.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 29, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 3 399 360
Hawai‘i 0 70 53
Maui 0 113 83
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 1 8
Unknown** 0 0
Total 4 613
Total released from isolation     516
Deaths 0 16  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
29,757** 611 29,125

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **21 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

Maui Memorial Cluster Update

As of yesterday, there are a total of 59 COVID-19 positive cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center. DOH is continuing to monitor this cluster which includes 38 staff and 21 patients.

Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance Plan

Dept. of Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson announced today that DOH is preparing to publicly release its comprehensive plan on Disease Surveillance and Investigation. The plan involves the medical community, schools, businesses, community health centers, and clinical laboratories. Anderson said, “Strengthening our contact tracing capacity will also be key in implementing effective disease containment and control of COVID-19.” DOH is using technology to help streamline the process of contacting positive cases and conducting investigations.

New Contact Tracing Digital Tool

DOH is also close to rolling out a new digital tool to follow-up with people who’ve had close contact with a positive case. People will be able to use the application to provide information on their health status and transmit the information securely to DOH. This new application has been used successfully in other states, and DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “We are looking forward to incorporating this application for disease investigation in Hawai‘i.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases by exposure as of April 28, 2020

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

494 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday

Yesterday, 494 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 121 visitors and 177 residents. There was a total of 13 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 28 2020

KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 4 96 100
Intended New Resident 6 57 63
Resident 17 160 177
Transit 33 33
Visitor 8 109 4 121
GRAND TOTAL 35 0 455 4 494
Flights 1 0 11 1 13

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4490/042920-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 26, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 33 39 87 43 9 2 5 0 218
Kona (KOA) 80 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 93
Hilo (ITO) 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 82
Kahului (OGG)   97 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 104
Līhuʻe (LIH) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Molokaʻi (MMK) 25 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 34
Lānaʻi (LYN) 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Total Arriving 287 34 39 115 43 14 3 5 0 540

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Transportation:

Update on Pride of America

The Pride of America has reduced the number of crew on the ship to approximately 150 people. The remaining crew will sail with the ship when it departs for Oregon to enter dry dock. The scheduled departure date is anticipated for June 20. The ship has maintained communication with the Department of Health, which reports no new cases and the few symptomatic persons have tested negative for COVID-19. The ship has nearly completed two incubation periods from the last exposure. The vessel will remain docked at Pier 11 at Honolulu Harbor until it departs.

cruise ship in honolulu harbor

Update on Enhanced Airport Verification Process

The enhanced passenger verification process continues at Hawaiʻi airports with positive results. A Washington man flew to Honolulu without a reservation or means to pay for lodging, so he was sent back to Seattle Monday night. Another person also flew back to Seattle Tuesday. Upon landing in Hawaiʻi passengers are having their temperature taken, their contact information and reservations verified, and they must sign a document acknowledging they understand it is a criminal offense if they disobey the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order.

arriving travelers at airport gate filling out a form arriving travelers getting temperatures checked

Department of the Attorney General:

Four More Arrested For Quarantine Violations

A Florida man and an Illinois woman are the latest people to be arrested and charged under the State’s COVID-19 emergency rules. They were first contacted by Honolulu Police yesterday,  the same day they’d checked into a Waikiki hotel. Hotel staff called police after they saw the couple returning to their room with shopping bags and take-out food in violation of the mandatory traveler 14-day self-quarantine rule. This morning special agents from the Dept. of the Attorney General’s Investigations Division went to the hotel and arrested them. They are charged with violation of the 14-day quarantine rule and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Also, yesterday, a 60-year-old California man was observed by a witness jet-skiing off a North Shore beach. Authorities say he was supposed to be in self-quarantine at his Waialua home beginning on April 18th. Yesterday, he was seen leaving his residence and was then followed to Costco in Waipio. He was arrested by AG’s special agents as he was loading groceries into his vehicle. In addition to being charged for violating the self-quarantine rule, he is also charged with unsworn falsification to authority.

On Maui, a 34-year-old man is voluntarily returning to his home in Houston today, after being contacted by Maui Police repeatedly for violating the mandatory self-quarantine rule. An investigation revealed that the man left his hotel room late Monday and returned after midnight. The next morning when officers contacted him, he said he wasn’t aware of the mandatory self-quarantine. He said he now understood the rules and would not leave his room again. Tuesday evening police were contacted again and saw him leaving his room. He was arrested and released pending further investigation.

Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors reminds all visitors and returning residents flying into Hawai‘i at this time, “It is always our hope that persons coming to our state follow our laws and respect the needs of our community. In light of the health and safety concerns presented by this pandemic, law enforcement has a zero-tolerance attitude towards anyone who violates the traveler self-quarantine rule. When we receive reports of violations, we will pursue them. We’re asking everyone flying into the state to respect the emergency rules for their own protection and for the health and well-being of all of Hawai‘i.”

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release-four-more-people-arrested-for-quarantine-violations-april-29-2020/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 29, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 28, 2020

Department of Health:

Two Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

Two new cases of coronavirus, both Maui adults, have been reported by DOH. One of the cases is a Lānaʻi resident who has been hospitalized on Maui for an extended time. The patient was transported in early March to Maui for treatment not associated with coronavirus. The patient initially tested negative for COVID-19, but a recent test came back positive. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i to 609 since Feb. 28, 2020. As of today, 318 cases are travel-associated, 234 are community-associated, and 57 with risk factors unknown at this time.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 28, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 0 396 354
Hawai‘i 0 70 51
Maui 2 113 80
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 7
Unknown** 0 0
Total 2 609
Total released from isolation     505
Deaths 0 16  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
28,577** 607 27,950

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **20 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

Bar graph of Reported COVID-19 Lab Tests by County April as of April 27, 2020

Maui Memorial Cluster Update

On Monday, a statement was issued that the one positive case reported yesterday was an employee at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). This was an error, the one positive case reported on April 27 on Maui was a hospitalist, an employee of Maui Medical Group, working at the hospital. The case is under investigation and the cause of infection is still being determined. At MMMC, 38 staff and 20 patients continue to be under investigation as potentially associated with the cluster. DOH is recommending the facility repeat in-service training for staff on proper PPE use, and other protective measures.

Virtual Pre-Opening Inspection of New Food Establishments

This morning the DOH Food Safety Branch conducted its first virtual pre-opening inspection of a restaurant. Utilizing video conferencing, the new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant in Hawai‘i Kai, cleared its inspection and is planning to open for drive-through customers soon. Virtual inspections are only being utilized during the COVID-19 emergency for new restaurants. Follow-up, in-person inspections will be conducted within 30 days after the end of the current emergency rules. During the virtual inspection, restaurant managers walk inspectors remotely through their facility. They view the layout and ensure equipment is working properly. This includes checking the temperatures on refridgerators and freezers and the presence of sanitizing test kits. Normal food safety inspections are focused on identifying critical risk factors that could contribute to food-borne illnesses.

https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/hawaii-department-of-health-conducts-first-virtual-pre-opening-inspection-of-new-food-establishment/

Watch a portion of the Raising Cane’s virtual inspection here: https://vimeo.com/412943494

Woman at a table conducting virtual restaurant inspection

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

500 Passengers Arrive on Monday

Yesterday, 500 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 149 visitors and 160 residents. There was a total of 11 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020

KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 2 96 98
Intended New Resident 53 53
Resident 29 131 160
Transit 40 40
Visitor 17 132 149
GRAND TOTAL 0 48 452 0 500
Flights 0 1 10 0 11

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4485/042820-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 25, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 37 36 60 25 11 0 0 0 169
Kona (KOA) 80 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 82
Hilo (ITO) 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
Kahului (OGG)  110 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 118
Līhuʻe (LIH) 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45
Molokaʻi (MMK) 16 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 23
Lānaʻi (LYN) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Arriving 304 41 36 69 25 15 0 0 0 490

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Land and Natural Resources:

Hundreds of Citations & Warnings Issued During COVID-19 Emergency

Two, 21-year-old men from Honolulu were cited late yesterday for entering a closed area – Diamond Head State Monument. They were escorted out of the park by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE). The park and other state parks are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

two hikers near sunset

As of last Friday, across the state, DOCARE officers issued a total of 107 citations for various violations associated with emergency rules. Many were for entering a closed state park, various other state park violations (such as alcohol possession), and parking violations. In addition to the citations they’d given out 304 warnings as of last Friday. A day earlier a DOCARE officer contacted a man walking his dog through Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline in East O‘ahu. The main claimed he didn’t know the park was closed, even though he was standing next to yellow police tape and directly beneath a park closed sign.

Police officer at a bush near sign

DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “We hope everyone will take these closures and emergency rules seriously, not only to protect themselves and our natural resources, but to respect the primary reason for our current closures… the requirements for social distancing.”

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/28/nr20-052/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 28, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 27, 2020

Department of Health:

One Death and One New Case of COVID-19 Reported

The Dept. of Health is reporting another death associated with COVID-19 in the state. The 16th death is an Oʻahu woman, over 65 years old with underlying health conditions who had been hospitalized since early April. DOH is investigating whether the cause of infection was travel-related or community-associated. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “It’s hard to hear about these additional deaths as the coronavirus continues to take its toll on our community. The Dept. of Health extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the two most recent deaths reported today and last night. While the number of positive cases in the state has dramatically decreased, we can expect to continue to see deaths of those seriously impacted by the disease.” Last night, DOH reported that the 15th death associated with COVID-19 was an O‘ahu man over 65 years old with underlying medical conditions who had been hospitalized since early March.

DOH is also reporting one (1) new positive case for Monday, an adult on Maui. The patient is an employee at Maui Memorial Medical Center and the source of infection is unknown and under investigation at this time.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 27, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 0 396 347
Hawai‘i 0 70 49
Maui 1 111 78
Kaua‘i 0 21 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 7  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 1 607  
Total released from isolation     493
Deaths 2 16  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
28,260** 605 27,632

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **23 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

graph of confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of April 26, 2020

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

475 Passengers Arrive on Sunday

Yesterday, 475 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 118 visitors and 193 residents. There was a total of 14 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 6 6 77   89
Intended New Resident 2   29   31
Resident 9 11 173   193
Transit     44   44
Visitor 2 8 108   118
GRAND TOTAL 19 25 431 0 475
Flights 1 1 12 0 14

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4481/042720-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 24, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 86 83 92 47 15 2 0 0 325
Kona (KOA) 145 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 154
Hilo (ITO) 138 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 138
Kahului (OGG)  268 9 0 0 0 17 8 0 7 309
Līhuʻe (LIH) 111 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 111
Molokaʻi (MMK) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lānaʻi (LYN) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kapalua (JHM) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Arriving 663 95 83 102 47 32 10 0 7 1039

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Hawai‘i State House of Representatives

Select Committee on COVID-19 Schedules Third Informational Briefing

The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness held its sixth informational briefing Monday on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Hawai‘i. The committee received updates from Congressman Ed Case and the latest information regarding federal relief; Rona Suzuki, Director of Hawai‘i’s Department of Taxation regarding non-profit access to FEMA funds; Director Kenneth Hara, Dr. Mark Mugiishi, and Alan Oshima regarding implementation of the public health plan to reopen Hawai‘i’s economy; and Rep. Richard Onishi regarding the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The briefing was conducted remotely. To see more information about the committee and related documents:

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/specialcommittee.aspx?comm=cov&year=2020.

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 27, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 26, 2020

Governor’s Office:

6th Supplementary Proclamation Continues Stay-at-Homes Rules Until End of May

See full proclamation here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2004144-ATG_Sixth-Supplementary-Proclamation-for-COVID-19-distribution-signed.pdf

 

Department of Health:

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

One (1) O‘ahu resident and one (1) Hawai‘i island resident diagnosed with coronavirus brings the state to total of 606 since Feb. 28, 2020. Both new cases are minors below the age of 18. Risk factors to-date include, 317 travel-associated cases, 224 community-spread cases, and 65 unknown.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 26, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 1 396 346
Hawai‘i 1 70 49
Maui 0 110 74
Kaua‘i 0 21 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 7
Unknown** 0 0
Total 2 606
Total released from isolation     482
Deaths 0 14  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
28,091** 604 27,465

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **22 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

Cluster Updates

All previously reported clusters of coronavirus infection are being monitored closely. There are no new updates.

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

Number of Flights Down, Number of Passengers Up for Saturday

Yesterday, 542 people arrived at Hawai‘i airports, including 135 visitors and 200 returning residents. There were 14 arriving flights on Friday and 467 total passengers. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020

KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 4 95 99
Intended New Resident 1 49 1 51
Resident 14 182 4 200
Transit 1 56 57
Visitor 4 128 3 135
GRAND TOTAL 24 0 510 8 542
Flights 1 0 8 1 10

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4479/042620-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism:

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 23, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 71 92 89 50 12 3 0 0 317
Kona (KOA) 156 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 156
Hilo (ITO) 99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 99
Kahului (OGG) 175 5 0 0 0 11 15 0 5 211
Līhuʻe (LIH) 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 73
Molokaʻi (MMK) 9 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 16
Lānaʻi (LYN) 3 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 19
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Arriving 515 76 92 112 50 23 18 0 5 891

 

Hawai‘i House of Representatives:

Select Committee to Get Reports On Federal Funding & Economy Restart

The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness will hold its next Informational Briefing on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi, tomorrow (Monday, April 27) beginning at 10 a.m.

U.S. Congressman Ed Case will update the committee on the most recent federal relief funding, and Rona Suzuki, State Department of Taxation Director, will update nonprofit access to FEMA funds. Major General Kenneth Hara, director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, Alan Oshima, who is heading Governor David Ige’s Hawaiʻi Economic and Community Recovery & Resiliency Plan, and Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association President & CEO Dr. Mark Mugiishi will discuss plans for the State to incrementally reopen the economy.

Representative Richard Onishi will review how the $19 billion USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will assist our farmers, ranchers and consumers.

The briefing, not open to the public, will be televised live on ‘Olelo channel 49 and will be aired live on the neighbor islands. The briefing can also be watched live online at https://olelo.org/ or on the House webcast page http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=31.

For more information about the committee and to see related documents go to https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/specialcommittee.aspx?comm=cov&year=2020.

 

Hawai‘I State Judiciary:

Supreme Court To Hold Oral Argument Remotely
The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has announced it will use video conferencing to conduct its May 5 oral argument. This is the first time a supreme court oral argument will be held via video conference, with the five justices and the parties’ attorneys participating from separate locations. Anyone can view the proceedings live via the Judiciary’s YouTube channel. “During these unprecedented times, conducting oral arguments remotely helps to protect everyone’s health and safety, and live streaming provides the public with access to observe the proceeding while current courtroom restrictions are in place,” said Chief Justice Mark E Recktenwald. The case being heard is Carmichael,et al. vs. Board of Land and Natural Resources, et al, and will begin at 10 a.m. Until the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, future oral arguments are expected to be held in this manner. To view: YouTube.com/hawaiicourts.

 

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 26, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 25, 2020

Governor’s Office:

6th Supplementary Proclamation Continues Stay-at-Homes Rules Until End of May

In announcing his 6th Supplementary Proclamation this afternoon, Governor David Ige paid testament to everyone’s efforts in keeping the number of new cases of COVID-19 low this week, while recognizing that, “every loss is a sad moment for our community.” The deaths of two O‘ahu residents reported yesterday, along with 12 others previously, demonstrate the need for continued commitment and willingness to follow his social distancing mandates – to help protect those most susceptible to this serious virus, which can spread very quickly. For that reason, Governor Ige is asking everyone to remain vigilant. His 6th Supplemental Proclamation consolidates the rules and mandates from all previous proclamations including the Stay-at-Home order and the mandatory 14-day traveler self-quarantine through May 31.

Governor Ige’s Comments on 6th Supplementary Proclamation

At an afternoon media briefing the governor said the decision to extend rules and restrictions was not an easy one. He said, “I know this has been difficult for everyone. Businesses need to reopen. People want to end this self-imposed isolation. And we all want our lives to return to normal.” The governor noted that Hawai‘i has been fortunate to not have the high rate of coronavirus infection seen in other states. He thanked everyone for complying with the stay-at-home order, practicing social distancing, and wearing face coverings when out in public. “We are flattening the curve,” Governor Ige said. “However, my greatest fear is that if we move to reopen too quickly, we will see a sudden surge in new cases that would result in over-running our healthcare system and more deaths.” He added that with Hawai‘i being very successful in controlling the spread, he will be relaxing some aspects of the lockdown.

Key Aspects of 6th Supplementary Proclamation

  • Stay-at-Home order extended until May 31, 2020
  • Mandatory 14-day traveler-quarantine order extended until May 31, 2020
  • Outdoor exercise is permitted, including swimming, surfing and walking pets. In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
  • Eviction moratorium extended until end of May

Pledge for Continued State, County, Legislative Cooperation

Governor Ige said he is working on a statewide reopening plan that will be based on facts, science and guidance from healthcare providers. The governor commented, “We will be taking a phased approved to re-opening. We hope that more measures will be relaxed before the end of May. This is only the beginning of a long, cautious process. We will be in constant discussions with the Counties, the legislature and community leadership as we develop our plans.” He indicated a key consideration is a review of industry best practices to ensure that businesses can accommodate social distancing requirements. He also emphasized collaboration with the counties. He recognized that counties need the flexibility to implement measures with consideration to the unique needs of each island’s communities. “However,” Governor Ige noted, “as was witnessed with the beach closure orders, more coordination is necessary to avoid confusion.”

County and state government agencies and the mayors have been in constant communications with the Governor’s Office and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To ensure coordinated actions, the 6th Supplementary Proclamation directs county mayors to coordinate their proposed orders, proclamations, rules, and directives with the state. The governor stated, “The state does not want to assume county functions or take over the important tasks each county is undertaking in their respective communities. The directive is limited to coordination, so that we can reduce any confusion moving forward.”

See full proclamation here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2004144-ATG_Sixth-Supplementary-Proclamation-for-COVID-19-distribution-signed.pdf

 

Department of Health:

COVID-19 New Case Count at Three

Two O‘ahu residents and one resident diagnosed outside Hawai‘i brings the number of total coronavirus cases in the state to a total of 604 since Feb. 28, 2020. Note the re-categorization of one case from Maui to O‘ahu due to data review and quality control checks.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 25, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 3 395 343
Hawai‘i 0 69 47
Maui -1 110 73
Kaua‘i 0 21 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 1 7  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 3 604  
Total released from isolation     482
Deaths 0 14  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
27,572 602 26,953

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting 17 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

MMMC & McDonald’s Cluster Updates

There is one new case associated with the cluster at Maui Memorial Medical Center, bringing the total of COVID-19 positive cases to a total of 57 people. 37 are staff members and 20 are patients. DOH is monitoring this cluster closely.

There are 36 cases associated with a cluster at three McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona, including 19 employees and 17 household contacts. DOH continues to monitor this cluster closely. Hawaiicovid19.com

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

On Friday, 467 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 118 visitors and 155 residents. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

  Kona Maui O‘ahu Lānaʻi Total
Crew   2 88 2 92
Intended New Resident     57   57
Resident   19 133 3 155
Transit     45   45
Visitor   6 101 11 118
Grand Total 0 27 424 16 467
Flights 0 1 12 1 14

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4478/042520-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 22, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 90 70 114 45 10 3 0 0 333
Kona (KOA) 112 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 115
Hilo (ITO) 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 104
Kahului (OGG) 117 2 0 0 0 19 2 0 2 142
Līhuʻe (LIH) 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
Molokaʻi (MMK) 25 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 32
Lānaʻi (LYN) 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total Arriving 430 92 70 127 46 29 5 0 2 801

 

Department of Transportation:

Traveler Quarantine Extended Due to Continued Daily Arrival of Visitors

DOT reports today that on most days about 100 visitors continue to arrive in Hawai‘i. On Friday it was 114. Governor Ige said, “This is why we’re extending the mandatory 14-day traveler-quarantine.” The Federal Aviation Administration has made it clear the State cannot shutdown all air traffic, which is prompting the department and other agencies to strengthen screening efforts to prevent visitors from violating the rule. When visitors arrive in the islands they will be temperature screened and required to provide a valid personal phone number and the phone number of their lodging for verification. If they don’t have a reservation or no one answers, the visitor will not be allowed to leave the airport. It’s believed enhanced measures will help reduce the number of visitors that violate the quarantine order. More details: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/24/improved-verification-process-implemented-for-airline-passengers/

 

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs:

State Issues Warning About Investment Schemes Circulating on Social Media

The DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner is warning people about investment schemes that are circulating on popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Social media connections can provide scammers with the opportunity to reach large numbers of potential investors and make quick money. The schemes being perpetrated are simply old scams wrapped in a new package. Ofttimes, the underlying scam is a Ponzi or Pyramid Scheme. If you have been solicited, or if you have any information regarding the “Loom”, “Octagon Game” or other pyramid scheme and/or its promoters, contact the Securities Enforcement Branch at (808) 586-2740, toll free at 1-877-HI-SCAMS, or email: seb@dcca.hawaii.govPlease leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

For more information, including fraud prevention tips:

https://cca.hawaii.gov/sec/iep/.

 

Department of Human Services:

Update on SNAP/Financial and Medicaid Applications Processed

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has been processing an unprecedented number of SNAP/Financial and Medicaid applications. Between March 23 and April 16 DHS has received 7,528 SNAP/Financial applications. 7,238 have been approved with an average two-day processing time. DHS has also received 13,425 Med-QUEST applications in the month of April, a 40% increase from this same time last year. DHS has a comprehensive listing that highlights the impact that the Unemployment Insurance and the Stimulus funds will have on eligibility. Access it here: https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/communications-2/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 25, 2020

Governor’s Office – News Release: Gov. Ige Extends Stay-at-Home Order Across the State Through May 31

Governor Ige extends stay-at-home order across the state through May 31

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers, eviction moratorium also continue

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a 6th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (PDF) extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.

“This was not an easy decision. I know this has been difficult for everyone. Businesses need to reopen. People want to end this self-isolation and we want to return to normal,” said Gov. Ige. “But this virus is potentially deadly, especially for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Thanks to our residents, we are flattening the curve, saving lives, and avoiding a resurgence of this virus by not reopening prematurely.”

The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai‘i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets.

In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.

Also extended through the end of May — the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers.

The eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, also remains in effect through May 31.

In addition, social distancing requirements remain in place across the state through the end of May.

Gov. Ige issued the initial emergency proclamation for COVID-19 on Mar. 4, 2020 followed by:

  • Mar. 16: Supplementary proclamation suspending certain laws to enable state and county responses to COVID-19
  • Mar. 21: Second supplementary proclamation implementing mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for visitors and residents entering the State of Hawai‘i
  • Mar. 23: Third supplementary proclamation mandating social distancing measures throughout the state
  • Mar. 31: Fourth supplementary proclamation implementing a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for people traveling between the islands in the State of Hawai‘i
  • Apr. 16: Fifth supplementary proclamation implementing enhanced social distancing requirements and an eviction moratorium

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Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 24, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Every COVID-19 Death is a Great Loss to Hawai‘i

“Dawn and I join all of Hawai‘i in expressing our sincere condolences to the family and friends of two men, whose deaths were reported today, ” said Gov. Ige. “While the death rate from coronavirus in Hawai‘i is among the lowest in the nation, the tragic passing of these men emphasizes the need for social distancing, staying home when sick, washing hands and other measures to protect everyone and prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.”

 

Department of Health:

Two Additional Deaths and Five New Cases Reported Today

DOH is reporting the 13th and 14th deaths associated with COVID-19 in the state. One is an O‘ahu man who had been hospitalized since the beginning of April, was over 65-years-old, and had underlying medical conditions. He had a history of travel to Las Vegas in March. The other is also an O‘ahu man, over 65-years-old, who’d also been hospitalized recently and also had underlying health conditions. His infection was the result of community-associated spread. There are five (5) new cases of coronavirus being reported today; three (3) on O‘ahu, and one (1) each on Hawai‘i island and Maui. Hawaiicovid19.com

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 24, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 3 392 339
Hawai‘i 1 69 40
Maui 1 111 65
Kaua‘i 0 21 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 6
Unknown** 0 0
Total 5 601
Total released from isolation     455
Deaths 2 14  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
27,152 599 26,536

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting 17 test results were inconclusive.

graph of cumulative Number of Persons with Reported COVID-19 lab tests as of April 23, 2020

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

 

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

It’s been nearly a week and a half since the Hawai‘i Healthcare Association (HAH) and DOH put out a call for volunteer medical professionals to join the Hawai‘i Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Since then, HAH has recruited 226 people. The volunteers, who are not currently working in clinical roles, are sought in case of a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. Non-medical volunteers are also needed. To access the registry and sign up:

www.nlk.doh.hawaii.gov

 

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:

State Pays Out $68,097,470 in Unemployment Insurance Benefits

DLIR announces that between April 17-23 it distributed $68,097,470 in unemployment insurance benefits. $44,848,600 of that total includes the $600-a-week bonus made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27th. DLIR Director Scott Murakami said, “The department was able to deliver a record level of benefits in a week and for that I am tremendously grateful for our workers. We know that there are still many in our community who are suffering and with the help of our sister departments, the Legislature, private sector partners and non-profits, we are resolute in providing a greater level of relief as soon as possible.”

http://labor.hawaii.gov/blog/news/state-pays-out-68097470-in-unemployment-insurance-benefits/

 

Department of Transportation:

Improved Verification Process Implemented for Airline Passengers

DOT has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the travel quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days.

Hawai‘i was the first state in the country to implement a travel order and the process is evolving and improving every day. Arriving passengers on trans-Pacific flights will continue to fill out the Department of Agriculture declaration form. After landing they will have their temperatures taken by members of the Hawai‘i National Guard. Anyone with a high temperature will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport. There are numerous additional steps for both visitors and returning residents to ensure compliance with the traveler quarantine. Read the full DOT news release for more details, here:

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/04/24/improved-verification-process-implemented-for-airline-passengers/

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

438 Passengers Arrive on Thursday

Yesterday, 438 passengers arrived in Hawai‘i, including 83 visitors and 182 residents. Yesterday marked one month since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. This table shows the breakdown of incoming flights to the state. The table below in DBEDT’s section includes interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020

Kona Maui O‘ahu Lānaʻi Total
Crew 6 86 92
Intended New Resident 7 33 40
Resident 12 170 182
Transit 41 41
Visitor 4 79 83
Grand Total 29 0 409 0 438
Flights 1 0 12 0 13

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4464/042420-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

DBEDT is reporting the following interisland passenger numbers for Hawai‘i airports for April 20, 2020.

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY JHM MUE* Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 70 58 98 49 17 1 0 0 293
Kona (KOA) 94 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 94
Hilo (ITO) 106 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 106
Kahului (OGG) 60 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 69
Līhuʻe (LIH) 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 55
Molokaʻi 16 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 29
Lanaʻi (LYN) 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7
Kapalua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Arriving 336 77 58 113 49 17 3 0 0 653

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Defense:

Free Keiki Meals Being Offered This Weekend

Free bentos for anyone 18 and under are being offered Saturday by the Hawai‘i Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. The Grab N’ Go lunches are similar to what the DOE offers Monday-Friday, and the meals will be purchased from a locally-owned small business. The event runs from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Farrington High School. Students must be present, and it’s first come, first served. To pre-register to receive a meal:

https://s.surveyplanet.com/i3sGWORdC

 

Department of Public Safety:

Hawai‘i Paroling Authority Update

From May 4-8 the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority (HPA) will resume regular hearings to determine minimum terms. Parole violation hearings will be held on May 6. Prior to the COVID crisis HPA identified 88 individuals pending a parole date set by the HPA Board. To date, HPA has released 57 of those initial 88 cases with 31 cases pending verifications of residence and outside programming. There are also 71 new cases under review based on the considerations outlined in the Hawai‘i Supreme Court’s order. HPA is also assessing community custody and minimum custody populations across the state, populations with pre-existing conditions as well as elderly inmates, as submitted by the Department of Public Safety to HPA for parole consideration. https://dps.hawaii.gov/hpa/

Jail Population Report

From March 2 through April 24 there has been a 716-person decrease in the state’s jail population. This is largely due to efforts made by the State Judiciary, county police departments and PSD’s Intake Service Division as they work together to limit the number of people requiring admittance into jails. All decreases were pursuant to independently issued court orders.

http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

PSD Purchase of PPE

Public Safety keeps a regular supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for normal circumstances, but like all healthcare workers and first responders, its supply has been depleting quickly. To get ahead of the need, PSD submitted a large order for extra PPE which was received this week and is in the process of distributing to correctional facilities across the state. The order includes 14,000 cloth face coverings.

Inmates in the sewing program at the Waiawa Correctional Facility, Kulani Correctional Facility, and Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center are also producing as many as 4,000 masks a day. Hawai‘i Correctional Industries helped supply the fabric, sewing supplies, and sewing machines for the inmates. They’re expected to produce over 300,000 masks by the end of June. Hawaii Correctional Industries can be reached at 808-677-6638 or by email at psd.hawaiici@hawaii.gov

 

Hawai‘i State Senate:

Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 Meets 

The Special Committee reconvened today to assess and advise the Senate regarding the State of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 plans and procedures for state departments, as well as review and assess the management of federal aid packages. The committee met with Attorney General Clare Connors, Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ross Higashi, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority CEO Chris Tatum, Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson and State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, as well as Hawai‘i Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator Alan Oshima.

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 24, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 23, 2020

Governor’s Office

4/22 Governor’s Facebook Live with Scott Murakami, DLIR Director:

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is working as fast as it can, given its antiquated system, to handle the avalanche of unemployment claims. In February, DLIR received about 700 claims each week. Recently, in one day, DLIR received some 25,000 filings. Claims are being processed faster, thanks to an increase in staffing and volunteers and additional claims processing centers. Director Murakami said individuals can check the status of their claims 24/7 at https://huiclaims2020.hawaii.gov/status. He also urged people to make sure their applications are complete and accurate before they submit them since it affects how quickly they receive payments. DLIR is creating a whole new system for federal pandemic fund payments in May for self-employed individuals and gig workers — a group previously not covered by unemployment benefits.

 

4/23 Facebook Live with Scott Morishige, Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, and Eddie Mersereau, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Administration

Health care and service providers are coordinating care for the vulnerable homeless population statewide. Questions included how facilities are being used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, how hospitals are coordinating with sites after someone is tested, and what actions are being taken on all islands to address the needs, now and for the longer term. A website, https://health.hawaii.gov/bhhsurg offers unified guidance to staff and providers. It is also a place where community members can find out how they can help.

 

Visit the governor’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge and go to “videos” to see recent Facebook Live interviews and the governor’s COVID-19 news conferences.

 

Department of Health

Single Digit COVID-19 Cases Reported for 5th Day in a Row

Four (4) new positive cases of coronavirus are being reported by DOH, with one (1) on O‘ahu, one (1) on Hawai‘i island and two (2) on Maui. All of the new cases are adult Hawai‘i residents.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
26,640 594 25,017

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting 29 test results were inconclusive.

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 23, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 1 389 337
Hawai‘i 1 68 39
Maui 2 110 60
Kaua‘i 0 21 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 6  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 4 596  
Total released from isolation     455
Deaths 0 12  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Hawaiicovid19.com

Bar graph of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by age group and hospitalization as of April 22, 2020

Department of the Attorney General

Nineteen Travelers Sent Home with Assistance from VASH

Today, Hawai‘i State Attorney General Clare Connors recognized the assistance from the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i (VASH) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connors said, “The assistance of VASH during this crisis is invaluable to law enforcement. The ability to return people quickly to their airports of origin during the coronavirus crisis greatly assists law enforcement’s ability to ensure the success of our statewide emergency measures. The fact that scarce government funds do not need to be expended for these return trips also helps fulfill the mission of keeping Hawai‘i safe. All of us in the law enforcement community are deeply grateful for this partnership.”

So far, with $25,000 in funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i or VASH has paid to send 19 people back to their airports of origin during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this week, VASH paid for a pair from San Diego after they’d been arrested for violating quarantine. Last week, a woman was sent back to Los Angeles after posting her outdoor activities on social media. Two individuals apprehended late Wednesday were able to book their own flights. They initially were caught violating quarantine and given the opportunity to comply. They then changed hotels and violated again. Their prosecution by the Attorney General’s office is pending, but as these quarantine violations are misdemeanors, they may be resolved in absentia. Special agents from the Attorney General’s office directed their escort to a flight to ensure their departure from the State.

Jessica Lani Rich, VASH President and CEO said, “We’ve been helping victims of crime or other adversity they may have experienced in Hawai‘i for the past 23 years. During this unprecedented public health crisis, we are supporting the return of individuals who arrive from the mainland, who do not have pre-arranged lodging and may need financial assistance for their return flights.” So far during the COVID-19 pandemic, flights have been arranged to at least a half-dozen mainland airports and to Guam. For individuals arrested for violating the self-quarantine rules, they have the option of arranging payment of fines with the courts in lieu of returning to Hawai‘i for trials.

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

444 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday

Today marks one month since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Yesterday, 421 passengers arrived in Hawai‘i, including 109 visitors and 166 residents. This table shows the breakdown of incoming flights to the state. The table below in DBEDT’s section includes interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

  Kona Maui O‘ahu Līhu‘e   Total
Crew 2 73 1 76
Intended New Resident   45 1 46
Resident 35 124 7 166
Transit     24   24
Visitor 14 90 5 109
Grand Total 0 51 356 14 421
Flights 0 1 10 1 12

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4460/042320-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

DBEDT is reporting the following interisland passenger numbers for Hawai‘i airports for April 20, 2020.

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 118 87 206 117 39 2 0 569
Kona (KOA) 89 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 91
Hilo (ITO) 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 87
Kahului (OGG) 113 13 0 0 0 14 1 4 145
Līhuʻe (LIH) 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 48
Molokaʻi 29 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 43
Lanaʻi (LYN) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
Total Arriving 371 131 87 228 117 53 3 4 994

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Defense

Private Non-Profit Organizations Invited to Apply for FEMA Public Assistance

According to the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency, faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and non-profit organizations with emergency protective measure expenses related to the ongoing COVID-19 event, may be eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program as part of a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.

Types of organizations which provide critical services that may qualify for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants include:

  • Private schools that provide elementary or secondary education or an institution of higher education
  • Hospitals and other medical-treatment facilities
  • Utilities including water, sewer, and electrical systems

Types of non-critical, essential services that may be eligible for PA grants include:

  • Senior citizen and community centers or other community services
  • Food programs
  • Educational enrichment activities
  • Custodial and day care services
  • Disability residential services
  • Assisted living and low-income housing
  • Homeless shelters and rehabilitation services
  • Performing and community arts centers

Additionally, when any organization provides emergency protective measures such as sheltering and feeding eligible at-risk individuals, FEMA may reimburse the costs of those services. Only organizations with state or IRS tax-exempt status may be considered. For more information about eligible essential and critical service providers:

https://www.fema.gov/

 

Department of Education

EOEL Launches Resource Website for Families with Young Kids and Providers

The Hawaiʻi Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) is launching a new resource

website for families with young kids and education providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website is designed for younger ages and provides a tool, so families and educators don’t have to sift through material meant for older children and higher-grade levels. The website also includes resources on how to apply for child-care subsidies and where to find emergency care for essential workers. To access site:

https://sites.google.com/eoel.hawaii.gov/covid-19/home

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COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 23 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 22, 2020

Department of Health:

Six Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

The City and County of Honolulu has three (3) additional coronavirus cases and Hawai‘i County has three (3) new cases in the latest report from the Dept. of Health. Five of the cases are adults and one is a minor.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
25,909 591 25,291

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting 27 test results were inconclusive.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 22, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation
O‘ahu 3 388 328
Hawai‘i 3 67 38
Maui 0 108 60
Kaua‘i 0 21 18
Moloka‘i 0 2 0
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 6  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 6 592  
Total released from isolation     444
Deaths 0 12  

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Hawaiicovid19.com

Cluster Updates

confirmed covid19 cases graph

DOH continues to investigate and monitor several clusters of COVID-19. No change in case numbers at Maui Memorial Medical Center. No new cases at McDonald’s restaurants at Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i island. Tests on a healthcare worker at Hale Makua on Maui came back negative and monitoring is continuing after there was one confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

Volunteers Assist Assembling PPE for Front-Line Health Workers

assembly of personal protective equipment

For a second time this month, volunteers from across O‘ahu gathered at the Neil Blaisdell Center to assemble personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be provided to front-line health workers. Yesterday more than 150 volunteers answered the call and worked in different shifts in 11 rooms properly spaced apart to follow social distancing protocols. The PPE was purchased by DOH and arrived earlier this month, unassembled. The organizations that sent volunteers include: DOH, Hawaii Children’s Action Network, Caring for Hawai‘i’s Neonate’s, HI COVID-19 Task Force, Riveters Union, Young Democrats, Hawai‘i Medical Reserve Corps, Faith Action, US Coast Guard, and ILWU. Several other individuals also participated.

 

Department of the Attorney General:

Continued Collaboration to Enforce Self-Quarantine Rule for those Entering State

This week, four individuals have been arrested on O‘ahu for violating the State’s mandatory, 14-day, self-quarantine orders for everyone flying into Hawai‘i. An Australian man and a Las Vegas woman were arrested by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General yesterday, after their hotel received complaints that they’d been outdoors repeatedly during the five days since they first arrived on O‘ahu. Also, yesterday Honolulu Police Department officers arrested a California man and a woman in A‘ala Park for violating the emergency rules. They’d allegedly violated the self-quarantine rules for an entire week. Anyone arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state goes through a mandatory screening process, including filling out an Order for Self-Quarantine form. Depending on the island, processing of these forms is handled by the Department of Transportation and/or the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Accommodations for visitors are verified by contacting hotels directly and giving them a heads up that a visitor is headed their way. Visitors and returning residents are then contacted numerous times to verify that they are staying in their place of lodging or at home. Call center workers, mostly from the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau and HTA have made 11,000 calls since the quarantine rules took effect on March 26.  When call center workers fail to contact someone, they alert law enforcement.

In some cases, violators leave the state to lessen the resource burden on law enforcement authorities. In others, they are ordered to return to their lodging and to stay put until they’ve completed their 14-day-long self-quarantine period.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

488 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday

Yesterday, 488 passengers arrived in Hawai‘i, including 139 visitors and 171 residents. The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26 for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table shows interisland travel as of Apr. 19, 2020.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020

  Kona Maui O‘ahu Līhu‘e   Total
Crew 6 6 94 2 108
Intended New Resident 13   38 51
Resident 16 15 140 171
Transit     19   19
Visitor 18 10 111 139
Grand Total 53 31 402 2 488
Flights 1 1 12 1 15

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4457/042220-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism:

DBEDT is reporting the following interisland passenger numbers for Hawai‘i airports for April 19, 2020.

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MKK LNY Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 25 22 82 30 8 2 169
Kona (KOA) 79 0 0 14 0 0 0 93
Hilo (ITO) 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 49
Kahului (OGG) 77 4 0 0 0 1 0 82
Līhuʻe (LIH) 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
Moloka‘i (MKK) 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Total Arriving 231 29 22 103 30 9 2 426

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Public Safety:

Sheriff Impersonators, COVID-19 Phone Text Scam Alert

A recent impersonator scam has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning. On Monday, an individual said he was contacted through text by someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force. The impersonator said the man would be arrested for inappropriate internet use unless he paid an undisclosed amount of money. The individual immediately alerted authorities. PSD is reminding everyone that Sheriffs do not call, text, or email people asking for personal information or to solicit payment electronically or by phone. If you receive a call matching this scam, please alert the Sheriff Division by calling 586-1352.

The FBI recently put out a warning about an increase in similar online extortion scams during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve given these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not open e-mails or attachments from unknown individuals
  • Do not communicate with unsolicited e-mail senders
  • Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos or information online or on your mobile devices
  • Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple websites
  • Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware that many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate
  • Ensure security settings for social media accounts are activated and set at the highest level of protection

 

Department of Agriculture:

COVID-19 Emergency Farmer Relief Checks Being Mailed

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (DOA) is mailing out the first batch of checks under the COVID-19 Emergency Farmer Relief Program Wednesday. DOA received 333 applications for the grants and was able to award 106 proposals that ranged from $2,000 for individual farmers and ranchers and up to $10,000 for non-profit organizations, commodity groups, and agricultural associations that have experienced financial damage due to the COVID-19 emergency. The total funding for the program was $250,000 which was drawn from the State’s barrel tax fund (Agriculture Development and Food Security Special Fund) and made available through Gov. Ige’s March 4 emergency proclamation. The Ulupono Foundation contributed an additional $20,000 to specifically assist local pork producers with feed costs, as they can no longer rely on food scraps from closed restaurants. Hawaiʻi Board of Agriculture Chairperson Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser said, “The department was able to fast-track the review and fiscal processing in order to get the funds to farmers, ranchers and agricultural operations as soon as possible. It was critical that we get these checks to them quickly to help ease some of their urgent financial burdens and keep them in business until they can adjust to the changing marketplace or until more assistance programs become established.”

 

Hawai‘i House of Representatives:

“Talk Story with House Majority” Debuts

“Talk Story with House Majority,” a weekly news and information program made its debut Wednesday on ‘Ōlelo Community Media. The 30-minute program is hosted by House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti and features live interviews with state officials and community leaders doing critical work in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her first featured interview was with Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr., the Joint Task Force Commander of the Hawaiʻi National Guard (HING). The HING has been assisting with temperature screenings at airports across the state as well as conducting other missions to support the various counties. About 1,200 Hawai‘i National Guardsmen have been activated to assist with the State’s COVID-19 response. The show also did a community spotlight on the Domestic Violence Action Center, followed by interviews with Rep. Gregg Takayama and Stacelynn Eli. The new program will air every Wednesday at noon on Ōlelo channel 49. You can also view it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/olelocommunity

 

Maui Legislators Encourage Residents to Use State Support Programs

With many families having lost their jobs and sources of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maui legislators are encouraging everyone to apply for important state benefits, such as: unemployment insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), medical insurance, and childcare support. The Maui Legislative Delegation says these forms of assistance allow families the economic, healthcare, and food-support to remain at home until they are able to return to work when the state can safely reopen.

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 22, 2020

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