Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 30, 2020

Department of Health: 18 Additional COVID-19 Cases Associated with Previous Clusters Aggressive contact tracing by DOH is leading to the identification of additional COVID-19 cases associated with known clusters. Today, DOH reports 14 Hawai‘i residents, three (3) non-residents, and one person of unknown residency are the 18 new cases of coronavirus. 16 of the cases are in adults and two (2) are pediatric cases. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 30, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 15 652 518 Hawai‘i 0 87 84 Maui 1 121 112 Kaua‘i 1 38 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 16   Unknown Residency 1 1   Total 18 917++   Total released from isolation   736 Deaths 0 18   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.  ++As a result of updated testing information, one case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,315 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 79,058** 915 78,127 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **16 test results were inconclusive HawaiiCOVID19.com For [...]

2020-06-30T17:04:30-10:00June 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Two Returning Residents Arrested for Quarantine Violations

HONOLULU – A Kaneohe man and a Mililani man are the latest people to be arrested by Special Agents from the Dept. of the Attorney General Investigations Division for violating the state’s current mandatory traveler quarantine. 61-year-old Michael J. “Kilomana” Danner of Kaneohe was first arrested on June 18 by deputy sheriffs from the Dept. of Public Safety at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for refusing to complete the mandatory travel form and the order for self-quarantine. AG investigators say Danner then began posting on social media that he was going to defy the State’s quarantine laws and was not going to abide by them. They say he also posted his activities on his wife’s social media site. The Special Agents served Danner twice with orders restricting him to stay in quarantine at his residence and say he continued to post his defiance. Yesterday, Special Agents followed him to the home of an elderly woman where he had been doing carpentry work for several days. The woman, who said she is in a high-risk category, was incensed upon learning Danner was being arrested for quarantine violation. His bail was set at $2,000. 29-year-old Darrel A.S. Ramirez of Mililani was arrested [...]

2020-06-30T16:39:48-10:00June 30th, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 29, 2020

Department of Health: COVID-19 Case Count Reaches 900 With two (2) additional O‘ahu cases today, 27 on Sunday, and six (6) on Saturday, Hawai‘i has a total of 900 coronavirus cases since reporting began in late February. Both of the new cases today are associated with a known case and both adults are in isolation. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 29, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 2 638 505 Hawai‘i 0 87 84 Maui 0 120 111 Kaua‘i 0 37 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 16   Unknown Residency 0 0   Total 2 900   Total released from isolation   722 Deaths 0 18   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.   Laboratory* Testing Data There were 3,433 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 77,743** 898 76,829 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **16 test results were inconclusive HawaiiCOVID19.com For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii Fake ADA Mask Exemption Card Warning You may have seen a [...]

2020-06-29T17:14:12-10:00June 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Aggressive contact tracing leads to identification of new COVID-19 cases

HONOLULU – A spike in COVID-19 case numbers today are largely due to a cluster of 17 Honolulu cases all associated with attending a funeral. Intensive contact tracing identified the cases quickly, testing was conducted, and all are in isolation. Contact tracing also identified six cases in Leeward O‘ahu associated with known clusters, and all of the cases are in isolation. In addition to the 23 O‘ahu cases, the Department of Health reported two new Kaua‘i cases associated with a known cluster reported last week, one case on Maui, and a case on Hawai‘i Island with travel to Georgia. “It’s important to celebrate life and share life events, whether it’s remembering someone who has passed or gathering with others in practicing a common faith, and doing so safely will protect our loved ones and the entire community,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, chief of the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division. “Safe practices including physical distancing, wearing of masks, and frequent hand washing are critically important during these times and especially when we are with others outside of our daily household.” “These recent cases are local examples of how this virus has no bounds. It spreads easily from place-to-place, island-to-island, [...]

2020-06-28T22:32:51-10:00June 28th, 2020|News Releases|

First COVID-19 death in one and a half months brings state total to 18

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige expressed his condolences today to the family and friends of an elderly Honolulu man, who became the 18th death in Hawai‘i due to the coronavirus. The last reported death was on May 3. “This is the worst way to emphasize the need for all of us to continue safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing of masks, and hand washing,” said Governor Ige. “We must protect our kupuna and others who are at high risk, by practicing personal responsibility, especially around others outside our own immediate family or household.” While Hawai‘i has one of the best statistical records for COVID-19 management in the country, a survey released by the Dept. of Health (DOH) today suggests that many residents are becoming lax in their practices and attitudes about the infection. The number of people who considered the virus as a very serious health concern, fell from 73% to 54% in less than two months.* More alarming, according to the DOH, is changing attitudes on preventive behaviors. 42% of survey respondents said they are social distancing all of the time and that’s steady compared to a previous survey. However, fewer residents are following recommendations “most of the [...]

2020-06-27T12:18:42-10:00June 26th, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 26, 2020

Department of Health: Seventeen Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported 14 O‘ahu residents, one (1) Kaua‘i resident, and two (2) residents diagnosed out of state are the 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported today by DOH. 15 of the cases are adults and two (2) are pediatric cases. At least eight (8) of the O‘ahu cases are related to known cases. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 26, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 14 608 488 Hawai‘i 0 86 84 Maui 0 120 111 Kaua‘i 1 34 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 2 16   Unknown Residency 0 0   Total 17 866++   Total released from isolation   9 705 Deaths 0 17   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.  ++As a result of updated testing information, one case was removed from counts Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,296 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 74,301** 866 73,421 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive HawaiiCOVID19.com For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the [...]

2020-06-26T17:16:39-10:00June 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Follow-up survey shows an alarming decrease among Hawai‘i residents who follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines

HONOLULU — An increasing number of Hawai‘i residents no longer see COVID-19 as much of a threat as they did in the earlier stages of the pandemic, according to a follow-up survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH). The number of respondents who view the virus as a “very serious” health concern has fallen from 73% to 54% in less than two months. The initial survey was conducted from April 17 to 23, and the follow-up survey was conducted from May 28 to June 7, 2020. More alarming than the change in attitude, is its effect on preventive behaviors. While those who say they are social distancing “all of the time” has remained steady at 42%, the follow-up survey shows that fewer Hawai‘i residents are following current recommendations “most of the time” or “part of the time.” “It’s critically important for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” said Bruce Anderson, director of the Department of Health. “Recently, we’ve seen an increase in cases from community transmission. We cannot interpret the reopening of businesses, restaurants, parks and other places as a license to let our guards down. Indeed, it is more important than ever to adhere to prevention measures [...]

2020-06-26T15:11:52-10:00June 26th, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 25, 2020

Department of Health: Sixteen Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported 12 O‘ahu residents and four (4) Kaua‘i residents are the 16 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported by DOH. 12 of the cases are adults and four (4) are pediatric cases. The risk factor for all of these cases are community-transmission. All of the Kaua‘i cases are related to a known cluster and seven (7) of the O‘ahu cases are associated with known confirmed cases and the others are still under investigation. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 25, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 12 595 479 Hawai‘i 0 86 84 Maui 0 120 111 Kaua‘i 4 33 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 14   Unknown Residency 0 0   Total 16 850++   Total released from isolation   10 696 Deaths 0 17   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. ++As a result of updated testing information, one case was removed from counts Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,070 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State [...]

2020-06-25T17:28:34-10:00June 25th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 24, 2020

Governor’s Office: Pre-Travel Testing Option for Trans-Pacific Travel Beginning August 1 Gov. David Ige announced today all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1. Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get a PCR test prior to arrival from any testing location approved by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawai‘i. Without this, passengers arriving from out-of-state will be subject to the 14-day quarantine. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. DOH is still in the process of developing this program but anticipates requiring an FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA certified laboratory. Travelers will be required to provide printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test. Temperature checks will continue at airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or who is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the [...]

2020-06-24T17:23:02-10:00June 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 23, 2020

Department of Health: Three Additional COVID-19 Cases on O‘ahu Three (3) Honolulu adults are the latest cases of coronavirus reported by DOH. One of the cases is linked to a previously confirmed case and two are pending further investigation. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 23, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 3 571 458 Hawai‘i 0 85 82 Maui 0 120 111 Kaua‘i 0 29 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 12 Unknown Residency 0 0 Total 3 819 Total released from isolation     669 Deaths 0 17   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.   Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,199 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 70,539** 817 69,708 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive HawaiiCOVID19.com   For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/ Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Center Offers Benefits to Honolulu’s Homeless In its first two months of operation, the state’s first temporary quarantine and isolation center at 524 Ka‘a‘ahi [...]

2020-06-24T17:21:57-10:00June 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|