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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 31, 2020

Department of Health: 123 New Coronavirus Cases Includes 18 Children A third day of triple-digit case numbers is being reported by DOH and is the first time total cumulative cases have exceeded 2,000. The 123 newly diagnosed cases include 18 pediatric cases (18-years-old and younger) and follows 32 pediatric cases reported yesterday. Public health authorities continue to remind everyone to be kind and to act with care, as not only do we need to protect our kupuna, but everyone we love and cherish, including our keiki. Please, each of us must act as if we have the virus and take responsibility for preventing its spread by physically distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands frequently. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, July 31, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) O‘ahu 119 1755++ Hawai‘i 0 115 Maui 4 169 Kauai 0 47 Moloka‘i 0 2 Lana‘i 0 0 HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 23 Total Cases 123 2,111 Deaths 0 26 ++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 2,039 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number [...]

2020-07-31T17:01:36-10:00July 31st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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

Office of the Governor:  SB126 Signing and Line Item Veto Gov. Ige held a news briefing Thursday to announce he has signed Senate Bill 126, with modifications. The governor said his primary concern was to expend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding before it expired at the end of the year and to ensure maximum flexibility to use the funds where it is needed most. The vetoes include; A $90 million appropriation for airport screenings and health assurance initiatives. Gov. Ige pointed out Department of Transportation believes that $70 million will be sufficient for equipment and services to test, verify, and monitor travelers during COVID-19. $230 million to provide an additional weekly unemployment benefit of $100 per week. Gov. Ige says U.S. Congress is currently considering another economic stimulus package and they’re unsure what will be approved and Hawai‘i needs to be flexible in using the funds for other needs in case Congress provides additional funding for unemployment benefits. $100 million for housing and rental assistance and the administrative costs related to the housing relief and resiliency program. Gov. Ige said Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation believes the initial amount of $50 million can be [...]

2020-07-31T08:36:30-10:00July 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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

Office of the Governor: Spike in Cases Remind Community to Stay Vigilant, Reinstating Measures Being Considered At a news briefing Wednesday, Gov. Ige addressed the latest spike in COVID-19 cases. He said while the State is concerned about the high numbers, it was anticipated because the State laboratory was not testing during Hurricane Douglas. DOH reported a total of 109 cases overnight. Gov. Ige also assured the public the spike is manageable, and Hawai‘i still has adequate healthcare capacity. However, he is now proposing counties reinstate some measures in coordination with the State in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer. The exception would be controlled environments like DOE, UH, and other cohorts where safe practices are being followed and monitored. Second, re-close bars. Third, work with counties to reinstate restrictions on gatherings in parks, consistent with the 10 or fewer people rule – although this time prohibiting structures like tents and bouncy houses. Lastly, re-evaluating guidelines issued for sports activities. Gov. Ige said, “We are all responsible for each other. Public health officials and all the available data say the best defense against COVID-19 is still taking personal responsibility. [...]

2020-07-29T17:19:32-10:00July 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

New record number of COVID-19 cases reported due to testing delays

Number of COVID-19 Cases Top 100 HONOLULU – The number of COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday have hit another single-day record, although the State had been anticipating the increase due to lab closures on Sunday and Monday after Hurricane Douglas. The case count for today stands at a total of 109; 98 on O‘ahu, nine (9) on Maui, and two (2) on Kaua‘i. A total of 5,160 tests were processed between Saturday and today. Normally, about 1,000-2,000 tests are processed each day. “The dramatic increase in cases reported today was anticipated based on recent trends since the Fourth of July weekend, which continue,” said State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. “We are seeing an increase in small and large social gatherings, including gatherings on beaches and in our parks, at homes and in workplaces. We have also recently seen an increase in cases associated with bars, gyms other establishments where physical distancing and masking is not regularly practiced. Based on data collected on cases through our investigations and contact tracing, we are recommending that strategic actions be taken to further restrict activities associated with these cases,” said Anderson. Venues where multiple clusters have been identified, such as in bars and gyms, [...]

2020-07-29T17:03:14-10:00July 29th, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 28, 2020

Department of Health: 47 New Cases of Coronavirus Reported All but one of the newly diagnosed coronavirus cases reported by DOH are on O‘ahu. There was a single new case on Maui. Of the 46 total cases, 41 are among adults and six are pediatric cases. Community-associated infection has been identified in eight (8) of the new cases, while travel-association is in two (2). The source of infection for the remaining 37 cases is still under investigation. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, July 28, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total in hospitals O‘ahu 46 1419 45 Hawai‘i 0 116++ 2 Maui 1 152 0 Kaua‘i 0 45 0 Moloka‘i 0 2 0 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 23 Total Cases 47 1757 Total hospitalized    47 Deaths 0 26    ++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from Hawai‘i was removed from the counts. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,172 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 117,559** 1,755 115,790 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting **14 test results were inconclusive HawaiiCOVID19.com For more tables, charts [...]

2020-07-28T17:04:55-10:00July 28th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 27, 2020

Governor’s Office: Hawai‘i Honored to be Considered by Japan in List of Global Destinations to Resume Safe International Travel Governor David Ige and House Speaker Scott Saiki today expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi for Hawai‘i being mentioned along with an exclusive list of 12 countries and regions that are being considered to resume safe international travel with Japan. Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Motegi announced that international travel between Japan and the 12 destinations is being considered in the near future with Europe and Hawai‘i to follow in the next step. Hawai‘i is the only destination in the United States mentioned for consideration for Japan’s resumption of international travel. Other destinations that Japan is considering discussions with include Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and Taiwan. Governor Ige stated, “On behalf of the State of Hawai‘i, we are honored that Prime Minister Abe and Japan’s policy makers are considering Hawai‘i for resuming safe and responsible international travel. Japan and Hawai‘i enjoy longstanding cultural ties and a deep-rooted friendship that has enriched the lives of many generations. It’s important that we restore [...]

2020-07-27T16:07:55-10:00July 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Health investigators search for bar patrons for contact tracing

HONOLULU – Public health authorities from the Dept. of Health (DOH) are advising anyone who may have patronized two Honolulu bars to step forward and contact their physicians for follow-up. The two bars involved are Brix & Bones located at 1217 Hopaka St. and Arena 808 located at 1020 Ke‘eaumoku St., and the time-period of visits is between July 16-26. So far five (5) cases of COVID-19 are associated with exposure to the virus at these establishments. In addition, as many as seven (7) positive cases are potentially associated with these clusters. State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “Given the conditions associated with this cluster, we’re concerned there may be more persons exposed than are or can be identified through our investigations. In the interest of public health we’re asking anyone who was in either of these bars during the 10-day period to consult their healthcare provider to consider being tested for COVID-19.” Park added that concerning findings discerned by investigators include inconsistent wearing of masks, physical distancing, and other operations, not consistent with current county rules. DOH is again reminding people to avoid being in large groups, especially without masks and physical distancing. The department continues to investigate a [...]

2020-07-27T12:03:42-10:00July 27th, 2020|News Releases|

Third consecutive day of record COVID-19 cases

Hundreds in Quarantine or Isolation Affirm Shelter-in-Place Plans HONOLULU – As Tropical Cyclone Douglas approaches, across the state 625 people, currently in isolation or quarantine due to exposure to someone or being positive for COVID-19, have affirmed they will shelter-in-place. With record new cases today, it’s expected the number of people in isolation or quarantine will rise by the end of the day. The Hawai‘i Department of Health contacted these individuals yesterday and at that time, they indicated they do not intend to seek accommodations at a public shelter. Today, DOH reports a new single-day record case count of 73, again with the majority of the cases on O‘ahu (68), and five (5) on Maui. State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “Thursday’s, Friday’s, and today’s numbers demonstrate the relaxation of safe practices from the 4th of July, particularly on O‘ahu, may have been one primary reason for these daily new records. We’re beginning to see more cases among younger to middle-age adults; many who relay stories of attending gatherings, parties, events, or socializing at bars.” State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park added, “Multiple household clusters and other clusters are associated with social interactions like 4th of July gatherings, birthday parties, [...]

2020-07-25T12:39:50-10:00July 25th, 2020|News Releases|

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

Governor’s Office: Modified Quarantine Rules in Place During Tropical Cyclone The State of Hawai‘i’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rule for travelers is being modified temporarily in consideration of the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Douglas. Governor David Ige said, “I want to make sure that those in quarantine are adequately prepared per the state recommendations. If you are in quarantine, to the extent possible, please have supplies and materials delivered and lean on friends and family to help build your supply kit. As a last resort, you are allowed to break quarantine, but only to procure necessary supplies and materials. Please physically distance yourself, wear a mask and minimize your time outside your home or place lodging and your contact with others. If possible, utilize curb-side pickup and similar options. To the extent possible, you should shelter in place. If you need to seek emergency shelter, please do so.”   Department of Health: Second Day of Record COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i After a record number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday, today the Hawai‘i Dept. of Health (DOH) is reporting another single-day record of 60 new COVID-19 infections. The majority of the cases, like yesterday, are on the island of O‘ahu (58), [...]

2020-07-27T08:53:05-10:00July 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Social media influencer arrested for quarantine violations

HONOLULU – A 20-year-old woman from Birmingham, Alabama was arrested this morning by Special Agents from the Investigations Division of the Dept. of the Attorney General. Anne S. Salamanca arrived in Honolulu on July 6, and four days later, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) learned she was out in public breaking the State’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. HTA informed the AG Special Agents, who were provided videos showing her dancing in a store and out dining with companions. KITV reported yesterday that Salamanca has millions of social media followers and claimed in a video that a law enforcement officer told her that if she had proof of a negative COVID-19 test, it was okay for her to escape quarantine. Attorney General Clare E. Connors said, “None of my investigators would convey that information, as it is incorrect. The fact Ms. Salamanca has so many followers makes her actions that much more dangerous and concerning. The spread of misinformation can have very severe consequences during an emergency situation like we are in now.” Yesterday, an anonymous caller identified the store where she was shown dancing. Special Agents contacted the retail establishment, which confirmed the report of her dancing there two days into her [...]

2020-07-24T12:48:48-10:00July 24th, 2020|News Releases|

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