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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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:40:13-10:00April 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:40:26-10:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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, [...]

2020-05-28T08:40:46-10:00April 28th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:41:09-10:00April 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:41:30-10:00April 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:41:46-10:00April 25th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-06-12T13:03:19-10:00April 25th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:42:24-10:00April 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:42:49-10:00April 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-05-28T08:43:05-10:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

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