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Daily News Digest on COVID-19 from agencies throughout the State of Hawaii.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest August 4, 2020

Department of Health: Honolulu Man is 27th Death Related to Coronavirus The Honolulu Medical Examiner reported the death of a Honolulu man to the Dept. of Health, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and he had underlying medical conditions. He passed away on July 29. An investigation into his cause of death continues, and it is recorded as the 27th COVID-19 death in Hawai‘i since the beginning of the pandemic. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson stated, “We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of this man. Every death reminds us how very serious this disease is. Coronavirus can strike down anyone of any age. We can all protect each other and prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.” Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, August 4, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) O‘ahu 139 2,221++ Hawai‘i 5 122 Maui 0 176 Kauai 0 47 Moloka‘i 0 2 Lana‘i 0 0 HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 23 Total Cases 144 2,591 Deaths 1 27 ++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. Laboratory* [...]

2020-08-04T17:22:54-10:00August 4th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest August 3, 2020

Governor’s Office: Governor Addresses Spike in Cases, Gives Update on Contact-Tracing Capacity   Gov. Ige held a news briefing Monday after DOH reported another spike in COVID-19 cases. A total of 207 cases were announced today, although 114 of those cases are due to delayed test results. The governor pointed out it is a result of community spread and that people have been relaxing and letting their guard down. He also gave an update on contact tracers in the state, providing assurances that despite concerns, DOH has enough contact tracers trained to handle the number of cases. Gov. Ige said, “The number of contact tracers currently on staff are managing today’s demands. The DOH is activating more contact tracers to handle the expected increase in cases.” He also pointed out the National Guard has 60 contact tracers available to assist at a moment’s notice and scale up on contact-tracing capacity. However, the governor and DOH have both noted that contact tracing isn’t a substitute for safe practices, such as physical distancing and wearing masks, that prevent the spread of the virus. In his briefing Gov. Ige said, “As we re-opened, many people have relaxed their vigilance and this new surge [...]

2020-08-03T16:53:11-10:00August 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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|

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|

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|

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

Department of Health: Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Count Since the Beginning of the Pandemic Death Toll Rises to 26 50 cases in Honolulu, three (3) on Hawai‘i Island, and two (2) on Maui comprise today’s COVID-19 case count of 55 new positive cases. This is the highest number of cases reported on a single day since the Dept. of Health (DOH) began tracking cases in late February. The previous highest one-day count was on July 11, with 42 cases. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “These cases represent people from all walks of life and varied professions, indicating the apparent challenges of maintaining safe practices is widespread across the state.” Anderson also extended condolences to the family and friends of the 26th person to succumb to coronavirus, an elderly O‘ahu woman. Her death was reported to DOH late Wednesday. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, July 23, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total in hospitals O‘ahu 50 1167 32 Hawai‘i 3 117 3 Maui 2 139 0 Kaua‘i 0 43 4 Moloka‘i 0 2 0 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 22   Unknown 0 0   Total Cases [...]

2020-07-23T17:25:21-10:00July 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 22, 2020

Office of the Governor: With Storm Approaching Governor Ige & HI-EMA Issue Hurricane Safety Reminders Gov. David Ige was joined by Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency Administrator Luke Meyers on Tuesday for a Facebook live to talk about hurricane preparedness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Meyers pointed out that hurricane season runs from June 1 – Nov. 30 in the central pacific, and HI-EMA has been tracking a number of storms so far this year. While the peak for hurricanes usually occurs in late summer, Meyers said, “It only takes one storm to impact the islands, so we have to keep our guard up.” Meyers also highlighted six things residents should keep in mind this season to prepare: Know the hazards where you live, work, and play Sign up for weather alerts to stay up to date Develop an emergency plan with your family Build a 14-day emergency supply kit, this year including masks and hand sanitizer Consider hurricane or flood insurance if you’re in a high-risk area Consider structural mitigation like hurricane clips or shutters The Facebook live is part of a “community connection” feature the governor uses to keep residents updated with the State’s efforts and response to COVID-19. To [...]

2020-07-22T17:20:47-10:00July 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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