Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 22, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Holiday Weekend Not the Time to Let Our Guard Down

This Memorial Day weekend is bound to bring thousands of Hawai‘i residents and visitors, who’ve first cleared their 14-day traveler quarantines, to our state’s beaches, parks, trails, and other outside spaces. Health officials and state leaders are encouraging continued social distancing, wearing of masks while around others or inside businesses, and frequent hand washing, as necessary for keeping the COVID-19 case count low or at zero.

Yesterday, at Maunalua Bay, a large group of teenagers tied numerous boats together and had a miniature flotilla. Not only were they clearly not socially distancing, they were also in violation of numerous of Governor Ige’s emergency rules, such as having boats less than 20-feet apart.

Gov. Ige said, “As you remember the sacrifices of our service members and celebrate graduates this weekend, please remember to have fun safely. Connect with friends and loved ones in ways that protect yourselves, your loved ones and our community. We’re all in this together and can keep our success going if we remind each other to keep up with safe practices.”

The emergency rules disallow gatherings of more than 10 people and require six feet of social distance unless they are members of the same family. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson, said, “Please, please, if you have young people in your family, talk to them about how important social distancing is right now. The last thing anyone wants to happen is to have an asymptomatic family member infect aunty or uncle, grandmother or grandfather.”

Following this consistent direction has resulted in one of the lowest infection rates and death rates in the nation. This good news means each of us is doing our part with safe practices. Let’s ALL keep the positive streak going. Maunalua Bay mini-flotilla: https://vimeo.com/421677479

 

Department of Health:

No New Cases of COVID-19 Reported and Count Drops by Five

Another day with no new coronavirus cases reported, and five cases (2-O‘ahu, 1-Hawai‘i, 1-Maui, 1-Kaua‘i) were dropped from the count after a review of test results showed these cases to be indeterminate. That leaves the total cumulative count of COVID-19 cases since Feb. 28, 2020 at 642.

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

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 414 385
Hawai‘i 0 81 76
Maui 0 115 103
Kaua‘i 0 20 19
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 0 642++  
Total released from isolation     585
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts. ++5 cases were removed from the counts as a result of updated testing information.

 Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 559 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
43,252** 640 42,597

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **15 test results were inconclusive

Hawaiicovid19.comCOVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of May 21

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

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

1,203 Passengers Arrive on Thursday

Yesterday marked two months since the State’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Yesterday, a total of 1,203 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 363 visitors and 332 returning residents. There was a total of 17 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday, but does not show interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 12   128   140
Transit 1   150   151
Military     75   75
Exempt     31   31
Relocate to Hawai‘i 4   107   111
Returning Resident 20   312   332
Visitor 27   336   363
GRAND TOTAL 64 0 1,139 0 1,203
Flights 4 0 13 0 17

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4611/052220-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Transportation:

New Mandatory Travel Declaration Form

The DOT Airports Division is using a new travel declaration form for all arriving domestic and international passengers and all departing interisland passengers in Hawai‘i. The revisions include the addition of departure information, the purpose of travel and how the person made the reservation. Every adult traveler is required to complete the form in its entirety.

The new mandatory travel declaration form is being used instead of the Department of Agriculture declaration form for passenger tracking. Both forms are mandatory and will be provided to passengers on trans-Pacific domestic and international flights by the flight crews. The agriculture form will be collected prior to landing by the flight crew, as it was before the travel quarantine began. The travel declaration form will be collected and verified by an airport representative after the passenger exits the plane. The mandatory travel declaration form:

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/airports/files/2020/05/TRAVEL-DECLARATION-FORM-20200519.pdf

 

Department of the Attorney General:

California Woman Arrested For Travel Quarantine Violation

A 51-year old woman from Moorpark, CA was arrested this morning by a team of Special Agents from the Investigations Division of the Department of the Attorney General for violating the State’s 14-day travel quarantine.Investigators say she arrived in Honolulu on May 9 to stay with her son at a Hawai‘i Kai condominium. A resident of the complex reported seeing her and her son unloading luggage that day. Two days later, the same witness reported seeing the pair enter the condo lobby carrying beach equipment. On Wednesday, she was spotted walking her son’s dog. This morning investigators went to the complex to interview witnesses. As they were doing so, they saw Beutler and her son come out of the elevator and attempt to walk out of the building. She was arrested, booked and charged. Her bail is set at $2,000.

Full release:

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release-california-woman-arrested-for-violating-quarantine-may-22-2020/

 

Department of Public Safety:

Population Report

From March 2 to May 22 there has been a 767-person decrease in the jail population across the state. These reductions are due to the huge, up-front diversion efforts made by county police departments, PSD’s Intake Services Center Division and the State Judiciary. More recent, additional reductions are due to the collaborative efforts of the state public defender’s office, county prosecutors, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court and the Supreme Court appointed Special Master, Judge Dan Foley. As the focus now shifts to the sentenced prison population, reports will be updated to include the prisons. Prison population has seen a 94-person decrease within the same timeframe. http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

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

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 21, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Update on Interisland Travel Quarantine

Hawai‘i is now in the “Act with Care,” phase two of the overall, “Beyond Recovery,” reopening strategy for the state. Governor Ige announced at an afternoon news briefing that he has been working closely with the counties on opening up businesses and activities, and lifting the 14-day quarantine for interisland travel is top-of-mind for many people. Governor Ige said, ”Health measures are pointing in the right direction to make this move…with infection levels appearing to be under control across the state.” He explained this is important to avoid a high level of cases in one county from impacting another county as people begin to travel. Key issues under discussion with the counties and airlines include, screening, testing, contact tracing and physical distancing. The governor concluded, “We are also going through the process of identifying other potential issues and welcome any thoughts or suggestions.” Governor Ige said when the interisland travel quarantine is lifted there will likely be additional COVID-19 cases, and we have the capacity to handle it. If a new surge occurs, some restrictions might need to be reinstated. He encouraged everyone to continue engaging in best practies like maintaining social distancing, washing hands, wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and staying home when sick. (Please see additional, related items below)

 

Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Healthcare Capacity in Good Shape for Resumption of Interisland Travel

Governor Ige commended Lt. Governor Josh Green for his role in establishing a free clinic in Kalihi to help those who’ve been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the news briefing Green reported Hawai‘i has had 68 new coronavirus cases in the past month (since April 21) and 21 cases in the past two weeks. He said the state’s hospital system is in great shape, with 39% of intensive care unit beds occupied, 51% of total hospital beds in use, and only 9% of the available ventilators in use. He also indicated that the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers is adequate, but a team he is leading is continually monitoring and ordering additional PPE as needed. Additionally the team is working to build up inventory in the event of a “worst case scenario”… a major outbreak in the state. He says from a medical standpoint, we need to continue to rely on public health officials to provide guidance on when it’s safe to lift quarantines. From a compassion standpoint he talked about several recent incidents in which family members needed to fly between islands for sick or dying relatives.

 

Department of Health:

Four New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

Hawai‘i island has three (3) new cases of COVID-19 and Maui has one (1) new coronavirus case. Three of the most recently reported cases are adults and one is a minor. Three are Hawai‘i residents and one is a non-resident.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 21, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 416 385
Hawai‘i 3 82 76
Maui 1 116 98
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 4 647  
Total released from isolation     579
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 615 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
42,693** 645 42,023

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **25 test results were inconclusive

Hawaiicovid19.com

COVID-19 Epidemic Curve May 21, 2020

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

Health Considerations for Travel Between Islands

DOH Director, Dr. Bruce Anderson revealed conditions that will be necessary for lifting interisland travel restrictions. He said the health department is actively working with a variety of partners like the departments of transportation and attorney general on requirements aimed at minimizing risks.

  • Disease incidence remains low and capacity to investigate and quickly respond to new cases
  • Accurate and complete passenger declaration forms are submitted
  • Passengers subject to mandatory quarantine are identified and final destination confirmed
  • Departure thermal screening
  • Passengers with elevated temperatures are not allowed to board, evaluated, and offered testing if appropriate

Anderson added that it is critically important to maintain the 14-day quarantine for mainland visitors. He said once the procedures are finalized and implemented, lifting the 14-day quarantine for interisland travel will provide a good test to determine the risks and concerns with opening up travel from domestic and international destinations.

COVID-19 Testing Capacity Now up to Total of 3,620 Tests Per Day

In-state COVID-19 testing capabilities have been a top concern throughout the pandemic, but an assessment of statewide testing capacity this week shows there are ample supplies of tests that can be conducted in Hawai‘i. It means Hawai‘i residents can breathe a sigh of relief. Healthcare providers can now consider testing patients whom they suspect may be infected to ensure rapid identification of cases. This is a shift in the DOH’s earlier guidance that required specific symptoms and epidemiological criteria before testing. In the past three weeks, the number of sites conducting tests has increased from five to 11, and testing is now available in all four counties, including on all of the Neighbor Islands. According to data compiled by DOH, as of Monday, May 18, Hawai‘i has more than 38,300 COVID-19 tests on hand and is performing an average of 690 tests each day, with test results available the same day or by the next day. The maximum turnaround time is three days. The number of staff trained to perform the tests has also doubled, jumping from 68 to 135 within the past month.

“The compilation of data provides a realistic snapshot of the state’s overall testing capacity,” said Dr. Edward Desmond, State Laboratories Division (SLD) administrator, who compiled the data. “If necessary, the state has the capability to cumulatively ramp up to 3,620 tests a day, and this number is expected to significantly increase over the next three weeks.

 

Department of Transportation:

More on Lifting the Interisland Quarantine

DOT is proactively researching thermal temperature scanning equipment, after the legislature helped secure funds to cover some of the costs. He reiterated some of the conditions that will be necessary for reopening of interisland travel: temperature checks and new specific interisland travel forms. He said additional discussions are ongoing to identify other potential issues. Sakahara also thanked members of the Hawai‘i National Guard for their help in taking the temperatures of all airport passengers.

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

1,099 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday

Today marks two months since the State’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Yesterday, 1,099 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 290 visitors and 361 returning residents. There was a total of 17 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday but does not show interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 2 6 123 7 138
Exempt     27   27
Military     61   61
Relocate to Hawai‘i   1 99 15 115
Returning Resident   12 337 12 361
Transit     107   107
Visitor 5 14 265 6 290
GRAND TOTAL 7 33 1,019 40 1,099
Flights 1 1 14 1 17

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4608/052120-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of the Attorney General:

Arizona Visitor Posts Hawaii Excursions, Takes a Job and is Arrested

Wednesday afternoon, Special Agents from the Investigation Division of the Dept. of the Attorney General arrested an 18-year-old woman on charges of violating the State’s mandatory 14-day-quarantine rule and for unsworn falsification to authority. Alyza Alder, of Gilbert, AZ, was taken into custody at a fast food restaurant in Lāiʻe, after a citizen notified authorities that she was allegedly in violation of emergency rules. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority assisted law enforcement on this case. Alder arrived on O‘ahu on May 6 and allegedly began posting photos of herself swimming off beaches in Lāʻie and Hau‘ula between May 8 and yesterday. Investigators say while she still should have been under quarantine, she took employment at the restaurant. She has been booked and charged and her bail is set at $2,000. State Attorney General Clare Connors reiterated, “We are asking everyone – returning residents and visitors – to abide by our state’s 14-day self-quarantine order. The 14-day self-quarantine rules protect everyone’s health and safety. As we’ve said before, if you come to Hawai‘i with the expectation that you can ignore the self-quarantine order, you very likely will be reported, arrested and end up in jail facing hefty fines. All of us must do our part to protect ourselves, our families, friends and guests.”

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release-arizona-visitor-arrested-for-quarantine-violation-may-21-2020/

 

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:

Hawai‘i’s Unemployment Rate at 22.3 percent in April

Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate stood at 22.3 percent in April. The number was announced by DLIR Thursday. The historic increase from the revised rate of 2.4 percent in March reflects the economic impact of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. Statewide, 487,500 were employed and 139,000 unemployed in April for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 627,450. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 14.7 percent in April, rising from 4.4 percent in March.

http://labor.hawaii.gov/blog/news/hawaiis-unemployment-rate-at-22-3-in-april/

 

Department of Public Safety:

Hawai‘i Island Inmates Sew and Donate Cloth Masks for Those in Need

Inmates in the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) and Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) sewing program have made 920 cloth face coverings for those in need in the community. Thursday was the final day of distribution. The masks were made with materials donated by people. KCF Warden Wanda Craig said, “The men assisted in choosing what organizations the masks would be delivered to and worked hard to quickly finish sewing them so they could be delivered to community organizations this week. They are thankful to be given an opportunity to use their recently learned sewing skills to give something positive back to the community.” Inmates at different facilities across the state are altogether hoping to produce more than 300,000 masks for sale by the end of June. If you’d like to place an order, call 808-677-6638 or by email at psd.hawaiici@hawaii.gov

For more information: https://dps.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PSD-RELEASE-BI-Inmates-sew-and-donate-cloth-masks-5.21.20.pdf

Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center and Kulani Correctional Facility inmates sewed and donated masks

Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center and Kulani Correctional Facility inmates sewed and donated masks

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 21, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 20, 2020

Department of Health:

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

O‘ahu and Hawai‘i island each have a new positive coronavirus case according to the latest count from DOH. One of the cases is an adult and the other is a minor. The investigation of these cases is ongoing, and it’s not known whether either of the cases was travel-associated or community-associated.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 20, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 1 416 385
Hawai‘i 1 79 76
Maui 0 115 95
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 2 643  
Total released from isolation     578
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 819 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
42,024** 641 41,335

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **28 test results were inconclusive

HawaiiCOVID19.com

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

Resilience Hubs Continue to Distribute PPE Donations

To help protect essential workers who provide mental health services and their patients, DOH and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) are coordinating the distribution of donated personal protective equipment (PPE) across the state. So far, more than 12,000 surgical masks, among other items, have been donated to one of three drop-off and distribution sites, or “resilience hubs,” on Oʻahu. “We’d like to thank the community for their generous spirit and outpouring of Aloha. The donations allow our providers to safely ensure a continuity of care while keeping our staff and clients protected,” said Eddie Mersereau, Department of Health Deputy Director of Behavioral Health.

Donated PPE are being used by behavioral health and homelessness service providers working across the state, including at the Hawai‘i State Hospital and the Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Center on O‘ahu. A partnership with the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute will begin establishing additional resilience hubs on Neighbor Islands to receive donated PPE.

Donations of homemade and unopened store-bought PPE such as masks, goggles, gloves and face shields continue to be welcomed. In addition, the resilience hubs are now accepting sanitation supplies including bleach, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper.

To date, the resilience hubs have received:

  • 12,153 Unused and Unopened Surgical Masks
  • 8,735 Pairs of Disposable Gloves
  • 7,069 N95 Masks
  • 288 Homemade Masks
  • 590 Unused Medical Gowns
  • 204 Homemade or Locally Manufactured Face Shields
  • 315 Pairs of Unused Eyewear or Goggles

To learn more about this initiative or for other ways to provide community support during this time, please visit https://bhhsurg.hawaii.gov/.

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

Please Note: New Travel Declaration form

A new mandatory travel declaration is now in use at Hawai‘i’s airports to collect passenger information which helps authorities monitor people subject to the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order. The agencies involved are adjusting to the added information collected which may require additional time to analyze and input the data. Passenger information, from both incoming out of state and interisland travelers, will be included in the Daily News Digest as it is received.

Monday’s Hawai‘i Passenger Arrivals By Air

On Monday 1,093 people arrived in Hawai‘i. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state on May 18 and does not include interisland travel. This data was collected from the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR MONDAY, MAY 18 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew   7 126   133
Exempt     44   44
Military     63   63
Relocate to Hawai‘i   8 76   84
Returning Resident   48 344   392
Transit     68   68
Visitor   33 276   309
GRAND TOTAL 0 96 997 0 1093
Flights 0 1 14 0 15

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

 

Hawai‘i State Senate:

Ways and Means Committee to Discuss Economic Recovery for State

The State is facing significant challenges with revenues and unemployment due to COVID-19. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means will meet Thursday at 1 p.m., to discuss a framework to address the pandemic’s impact on the state’s revenues, discuss an economic framework to recovery, and hear from specific entities that can reshape a new economy for the state. The State Capitol is still closed during the ongoing pandemic, but anyone may view the livestream briefing at: http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=13

 

Hawai‘i House of Representatives:

Informational Briefing Held on Recent Inmate Release

The House Committee on Public Safety, Veterans, and Military Affairs held an information briefing Wednesday afternoon, to get an update on the release of inmates in an effort to reduce correctional facility populations statewide to mitigate COVID-19 risks. Those who provided testimony include Judge Dan Foley, Attorney General Clare Connors, Public Defender James Tabe, County Prosecutors, and Dennis Dunn, the Director of Victim Witness Kokua Services.

https://www.hawaiihousedemocrats.com/post/house-select-committee-on-covid-19-to-hear-update-on-inmate-releases

House Speaker to Appear on PBS Insights

House Speaker Scott Saiki is set to appear on PBS Insights Thursday at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Erlaine Bello, and a representative from the Hawai‘i Restaurant Association, to discuss re-opening the economy and the work of the House Select Committee on the Economy and Financial Preparedness. Viewers can phone in questions or leave a comment on PBS’ Facebook or Twitter. It’ll also be streamed live:

https://www.pbshawaii.org/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 20, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 19, 2020

Department of Health:

One New Case of COVID-19 Reported

One (1) Hawai‘i island adult has tested positive for coronavirus according to the latest count from DOH. Investigators are attempting to determine if this case has any potential links for previous cases. The outbreak at Maui Memorial Medical Center in Kahului is now considered closed.

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

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 415 385
Hawai‘i 1 78 76
Maui 0 115 95
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10
Unknown 0 0
Total** 1 641
Total released from isolation     578
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 694 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
41,205** 639 40,541

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **25 test results were inconclusive

Community Associated and Unknown COVID-19 Cases as of May 18

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 19, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 18, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Hawai‘i Moves into “Acting with Care” Phase

Governor David Ige announced at a news briefing this afternoon that the state is now transitioning from the “Safer at Home” phase to the “Acting with Care” phase that celebrates Hawai‘i’s Kama‘aina economy. He said, “In this phase we start to reconnect Hawai‘i’s local activities by gradually reopening medium-risk businesses and activities; followed by high-risk businesses and activities. The move from the “Stabilization” phase (which included Stay-at-Home) to “Safer at Home” was made possible by the flattening of the COVID-19 infection curve due to good social-distancing practices, and other measures taken by the community to help protect our most vulnerable populations from coronavirus. Details of the change from “Safer at Home” to “Acting with Care” is outlined in the governor’s 8th Supplementary Proclamation, which he signed today. It does not lift the mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine order for domestic or interisland flights. “Acting with Care,” Governor Ige said, “Means exactly that. With more and more businesses reopening throughout the state, it is up to all of us…to make sure we take care to keep each other safe. So when you go outside that includes physical distancing, good hygiene, and following all safe practices that are being put in place.”

Phase Three is Long-Term Recovery – Phase Four is Resilience

Phase Three, known as “Long-term Recovery,” according to Governor Ige, is where Hawai‘i’s economy is renewed and rebuilt through planning and policy discussions which will incorporate transitional workforce modernization opportunities, support economic diversification initiatives, target the development of emerging industries, andadvance long-term resiliency. At the recovery impact level, the governor says the focus will be on reopening highest-risk businesses and activities, while remaining cautious and adjusting safe practices as needed. He commented, “We can expect this phase to take much longer, since this is when we will be reshaping Hawai‘i’s economy.” The fourth and final phase is “Resilency,” and Governor Ige says this is Hawai‘i’s intended outcome. “Together, we will emerge stronger and more resilient as a result of learning from and overcoming this challenge,” said Governor Ige. Under the impact level strategy, counties can chose to relax stricter local orders at their own pace in coordination with the Governor’s Office. A 14-day-long observation period, between decision points, will allow time to assess conditions before moving to the next impact level. If infections spike and threaten to overwhelm systems, the state has the ability to reinforce capacity to effectively manage a surge in cases. As a safeguard, the governor explained, “We can consider the option of moving back.”

Reopening Strategy Rooted in Science, Data, and Best Practices

Hawai‘i’s reopening strategy for businesses and operations is predicated on expert input from prominent international and national health organizations. Governor Ige said he is committed to making sound decisions based on data, science and best practices from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Johns Hopkins University Public Health Principles.

The Future?

All of the guidance suggests that Hawai‘i continues to act with care by maintaining physical distancing and safe practices across all phases to protect the health and safety of people. State health experts agree that one or more of these outcomes will occur while we learn to live safely with COVID-19.

  • One possibility is that treatments and containment methods increase survivability and decrease pressure on Hawai‘i’s hospitals and health care providers.
  • The second possibility is that our population develops a natural immunity to COVID-19, referred to as “herd immunity.”
  • And a third, longer-term possibility, is that a vaccine is developed, and at least 60% our population is immunized.

Governor Ige said, “We can feel confident reopening knowing that Hawaii’s health care and public health systems are ready, and continue to increase testing, contact tracing, surveillance, and quarantine capacity.”

Links for More Information and Detail

Emergency proc: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2005088-ATG_Eighth-Supplementary-Proclamation-for-COVID-19-distribution-signed.pdf

PPT: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Gov_Reopening-Presentation-Slide-Deck_18-May-2020.pdf

Memo: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Gov_Reopening-Memo_18-May-2020.pdf

 

Department of Health:

No New Cases of COVID-19 Reported Today with Few Over the Weekend

There were three (3) additional cases of COVID-19 reported by the DOH over the weekend, with two (2) on Saturday and one (1) on Sunday. No new cases are reported today. Additionally, one Hawai‘i island resident, with a suspected false positive test, was re-tested by the State Laboratory, which confirmed the coronavirus diagnosis as negative. This case was removed from the total count on Saturday. As of today, there have been 640 cases of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i, since reporting began on Feb. 28, 2020.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 18, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 415 383
Hawai‘i 0 77 75
Maui 0 115 94
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 0 640  
Total released from isolation     574
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Since Friday, there were 1,516 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
40,511** 638 39,831

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **42 test results were inconclusive

DOH Issues Cease and Desist Order to Malama Meals

The DOH Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order to Ahmad Ramadan dba Malama Meals located at 91-100 Farrington Highway. The operation was preparing and providing meals on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Moloka‘i. “The operation had multiple food safety issues as it prepared and packaged hot meals on O‘ahu and shipped them to the neighbor islands without proper temperature controls,” said Peter Oshiro, chief of the DOH Food Safety Branch. “Without proper controls, the risk of an outbreak of food illness is high and could have a devastating impact especially on those who are elderly and have underlying conditions.” In response to a complaint, the DOH conducted an inspection of the food operation on May 15, 2020 and observed numerous violations indicating the operator did not have active managerial control over food being produced.  For more information on the department’s restaurant placarding program go to https://health.hawaii.gov/san/.

To search and view food safety inspection reports of Hawai‘i food establishments and businesses go to https://hi.healthinspections.us/hawaii/

DOH Producing New Visual Charts

The Department of Health is producing more user-friendly, interactive testing charts on its COVID-19 website. See all charts at: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/#labtests

COVID-19 Testing in Hawaii updated May 18, 2020

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

1,073 Passengers Arrive on Sunday

Yesterday, 1,073 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 272 visitors and 400 returning residents. There was a total of 20 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel. It is data collected from the Department of Transportation’s new Mandatory Travel Declaration Form.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 17 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 11 8 139   158
Exempt     51   51
Military     57   57
Relocate to Hawai‘i 6 4 75   85
Returning Resident 34 21 345   400
Transit     50   50
Visitor 17 12 243   272
GRAND TOTAL 68 45 960 0 1,073
Flights 5 2 13 0 20

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4594/051820-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR May 12, 2020

Arriving Airport

Departing Airport HNL KOA ITO OGG LIH MMK LNY MUE Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 138 130 173 128 29 4 0 602
Kona (KOA) 151 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 166
Hilo (ITO) 167 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 167
Kahului (OGG)   272 11 0 0 0 16 3 2 244
Līhuʻe (LIH) 98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 98
Molokaʻi (MMK) 36 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 44
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Total Arriving 724 149 130 199 128 45 7 2 1,384

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

 

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kaua‘i Updates Temporary Hunting Days For COVID-19 Response

Special Use Permits will not include Units A, B and L (including the Game Management Area). Permits will be available for existing hunting areas on Natural Area Reserves, Forest Reserves and State Parks. All Tags and/or annual permits will still be required, and no other existing hunting rules will change. This temporary increase in open hunting days will last to November 15, 2020 (in some units it will end earlier depending on any existing rules) and each permit is only good for 1 month. “Some hunters have asked us to increase open hunting days to help them feed our community during the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Sheri S. Mann, Kaua‘i Branch Manager for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). “With so many people out of work, free food drives happening and growing concerns about national meat shortages, many are interested in hunting during the middle of the week.”

Read more here: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/17/nr20-066/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 18, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 15, 2020

Department of Health:

One New Case of COVID-19 Reported

One new case of coronavirus is being reported by DOH. This is an adult, Hawai‘i island resident. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i since Feb. 28, 2020 to 638.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 15, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 414 377
Hawai‘i 1 76 75
Maui 0 115 91
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 10  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 1 638  
Total released from isolation     565
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 693 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
38,995** 636 38,341

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **18 test results were inconclusive.

COVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of May 14

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

858 Passengers Arrive in Hawai‘i

Yesterday marked seven weeks since the State’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state. Yesterday, 858 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 252 visitors and 318 residents. The following table shows passenger numbers coming into the state, but does not show interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 5   108   113
Intended New Resident 5   95   100
Resident 14   304   318
Transit     75   75
Visitor 18   234   252
GRAND TOTAL 42 0 816 0 858
Flights 2 0 12 0 14

*Visitors are people who do not have a Hawai‘i ID, including essential healthcare workers, essential federal workers, former residents like mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4589/051520-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of the Attorney General:

Social Media Posts Lead to Another Visitor Arrest in Waikiki

A 23-year-old man from New York was arrested this morning by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General for violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and unsworn falsification to authority.

Tarique Peters of the Bronx arrived on O‘ahu on Monday and posted numerous pictures of himself on Instagram. He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transportation.

Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him – on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikīkī at night. This morning agents were able to confirm with hotel personnel that had seen Peters leave his room and the premises on numerous occasions this week.

When he was arrested, a local man was with him and charges are pending against him. Peters was booked and his bail is set at $4,000.

Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors said, “We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities.”

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release-social-media-posts-lead-to-another-visitor-arrest-may-15-2020/

 

Department of Transportation:

Kalanianaole Highway Contraflow to Reopen

The Kalaniana‘ole Highway Westbound contraflow/HOV lane that operates between West Halemaumau Street and Ainakoa Avenue will resume operations on Monday, May 18. The hours will be from 5 to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays.

As a reminder, HOV rules still apply to high occupancy vehicle lanes such as the Kalaniana‘ole Highway contraflow/HOV lane and the Zipper Lane, meaning two or more people must be in the vehicle to use the lane unless the driver qualifies for a permit for safety reasons. DOT is continuing to monitor traffic volumes during the State and County orders for COVID-19. It is down 29-51% on O‘ahu compared to last year.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/14/kalanianaole-highway-contraflow-hov-resumes-monday-may-18/

National Maritime Day Activities

The DOT is advising everyone about National Maritime Day activities planned for Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. National Maritime Day commemorates the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion in 1819.

In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hard work of shippers, stevedores, and other essential harbor workers in maintaining our vital supply chains – the American Association of Port Authorities is encouraging all those in maritime to sound off every day at noon between May 18-22.

This means you may hear horns and whistles at Hawai‘i ports, but there’s no cause for concern. DOT is also encouraging everyone to thank those you know in the maritime industry for continuing the flow of essential supplies during the COVID-19 emergency.

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/14/sound-off-for-national-maritime-day-activities-take-place-may-18-22/

 

Department of Public Safety:

Jail Population Report

From March 2 to May 15 there has been a 799-person decrease in the jail population. These reductions are due to the huge, up-front diversion efforts made by county police departments, PSD’s Intake Services Center Division and the State Judiciary. More recent, additional reductions are due to the collaborative efforts of the state public defender’s office, county prosecutors, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court and the Supreme Court appointed Special Master, Judge Dan Foley. Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the prisons or jails. The latest Inmate Testing Report can be found:

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

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 15, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 14, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Governor Watches National Guard Salute to Hawai‘i’s Healthcare Heroes

For a few minutes today, Gov. David Ige took a break from the endless meetings, conference calls, and administrative work associated with the state’s management of the COVID-19 crisis, to join others around the state in recognizing the sacrifices of the healthcare community. From a State Capitol 5th floor vantage point, the governor watched as aircraft from the Hawai‘i National Guard and the 15th Wing Active Duty airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam flew three separate flyovers over 17 different hospitals and medical centers around the state. It was an occasion to recognize not only military members, many of whom are supporting Hawai‘i’s coronavirus emergency response, but to pay tribute to the thousands of healthcare workers around the islands who are on the frontlines, battling this serious disease.

“We see across the country, the ravage COVID-19 has inflicted on community after community. We know that Hawai‘i has fared much, much better than any other state in the country, and it really is due to the healthcare providers here. I’m proud of all their efforts,” said Gov. Ige.

For more: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release/

Watch video of the flyover and hear Gov. Ige’s comments here: https://vimeo.com/418676067

Community Connections Facebook Live

Gov. Ige gave an update on Facebook live Thursday on how the State is dealing with COVID-19. The governor reminded everyone the number of cases has declined and that Hawai‘i has adequate capacity to handle COVID-19 cases. He was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park and State Laboratories Division Administrator Dr. Edward Desmond who answered questions on testing and contact tracing. Dr. Desmond said the capacity for lab testing has increased but warned that even though we have a low number of cases, there is still no need for arbitrary testing. Dr. Park reiterated the importance of testing people who are symptomatic and that have also talked with their health care providers to rule out other underlying health conditions. While many have asked about why there is not more widespread testing in the general public with people not showing any symptoms, Dr. Park explained that the test only provides a “snapshot in time.”

 

Department of Health:

No New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

For the second time in a week the DOH is reporting no new cases of coronavirus in Hawai‘i. The total number of positive cases is dropping by one (1) due to a laboratory reporting error. An out-of-state resident was erroneously reported as a Hawai‘i resident.* DOH continues to investigate a family cluster of seven (7) cases on O‘ahu. Community outreach and additional testing of case contacts is continuing.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 14, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 414 377
Hawai‘i 0 75 75
Maui 0 115 92
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 11  
Unknown 0 0  
Total** 0 637  
Total released from isolation     564
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 866 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
38,302** 635 37,647

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

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

881 Passengers Arrive in Hawai‘i

Today marks seven weeks since the State’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i. Yesterday, 881 people arrived at State airports, including 246 visitors and 329 residents. The following table shows passenger numbers coming into the state. The table in the DBEDT section shows interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew   7 131 8 146
Intended New Resident   1 72 5 78
Resident   26 289 14 329
Transit     82   82
Visitor   14 220 12 246
GRAND TOTAL 0 48 794 39 881
Flights 0 2 13 2 17

*Visitors are people who do not have a Hawai‘i ID, including essential healthcare workers, essential federal workers, former residents like mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4585/051420-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR MAY 10, 2020

Arriving Airport

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

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 58 82 153 48 16 3 0 0 360
Kona (KOA) 146 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 157
Hilo (ITO) 137 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 137
Kahului (OGG) 183 20 0 0 0 11 0 0 1 215
Līhuʻe (LIH) 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52
Molokaʻi (MMK) 28 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 45
Lānaʻi (LYN) 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Total Arriving 550 78 82 191 48 27 3 0 1 980

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

 

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Beach Gathering Results In Man’s Arrest On Hawai‘i Island

A citizen reported a large gathering of people and cars at Alula Beach (near Honokohau Small Boat Harbor) to the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) early Wednesday afternoon. DOCARE officers responded to the beach and observed numerous people not engaging in permitted activity outlined in the State’s current emergency rules.

They contacted 24-year-old Dillon Kroll of Kailua-Kona and report the man immediately became agitated and combative, cussed at the officers, and was so angry other people on the beach became alarmed. Officers allege Kroll refused to follow them to their vehicles to prepare a citation and continued debating with them while yelling and swearing. They also report the man’s mother then had a verbal dispute with another woman who was objecting to Kroll’s behavior toward the DOCARE officers. Others reportedly grabbed their children and headed to their cars apparently due to the man’s unruly behavior.

Kroll was arrested for disorderly conduct, intoxication on State unencumbered land and violation of emergency rules and orders. He was booked at the Kona Police station and then released on his own recognizance.

DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla commented, “While the majority of our residents are following emergency rules, including not congregating on beaches, this arrest clearly demonstrates that there are a few who are not. They are not only possibly endangering the health of others, but their own. Health experts tell us, it takes everyone complying with social-distancing and other mandates in order to keep coronavirus at bay. Our officers will aggressively enforce the emergency rules and all other laws when they are advised of violations.”

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/14/nr20-063/

 

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 14, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 13, 2020

From the Governor’s Office:

Safer-at-Home Means Keeping the Curve Flat

This is the second week since Governor Ige issued the Safer-At-Home order and at an afternoon media briefing he said he is pleased the cases reported today continue to remain low. With only three new cases today, Hawai‘i is one of the safest states in the nation in the fight against COVID-19. In addition to the low number of new cases, Hawai’i has achieved some other key metrics, permitting the re-opening of specific sectors of our economy.

With Mall and Retail Reopening’s Governor Encourages Continued Vigilance

On Friday, many retail stores and shopping malls on O‘ahu can reopen under the Safer-At-Home order—joining retailers and malls that have already opened on the neighbor islands.

Today, Governor Ige encouraged residents to shop at the newly opened stores and malls, but to please remain vigilant. Ige commented, “Please follow social distancing requirements at malls and stores. Avoid congregating and gathering in large groups. And please wear your face masks. Remember that malls are not places to loiter. Please make your purchases and head home where it is safer.”

Millions in Federal Funding to Hawai‘i for Contact Tracing

Governor Ige is thanking Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation for securing $50 million in federal funding to pay for contact tracing. The governor said, “They have been working tirelessly to help the people of Hawaiʻi in the fight against this pandemic. And this grant will go a long way in covering the cost of training and responding to a future surge.” (See DOH & UH items below)

Read the news release from Senator Brian Schatz: https://www.schatz.senate.gov/press-releases/hawaii-receiving-50-million-in-new-federal-funding-to-ramp-up-covid-19-contact-tracing

 

Lieutenant Governor’s Office:

Lt. Gov. Green Proposes “Travel with Aloha” Program

As the state looks toward the eventual reopening of air travel to and around the state, Lt. Governor Josh Green proposed a program, he is calling, “Travel with Aloha,” at this afternoon’s media briefing. He believes such a program will help the state mitigate possible importation of coronavirus from traveling visitors and residents. A key component of Green’s proposal is having visitors and returning residents voluntarily getting COVID-19 tests within 72-hours of their departure to the islands. People who decline to get tested would undergo additional testing and screening upon arrival at State airports. Green said, “This could cut several hours from their vacation or return home and they could be required to undergo a possible 14-day mandatory quarantine.” He added, “It’s imperative we do everything we can to safeguard our state from importing coronavirus through travel, while maintaining our community’s aloha for visitors.”

Report on Statewide Hospital Bed Capacity

During today’s COVID-19 news briefing, Lt. Gov. Green also noted a Harvard Global Health Institute study that announced Hawai‘i is among nine states that have exceeded testing minimums necessary for reopening. Supporting this study, he said if there were a large number of positive cases that have not been detected or reported, we would see more COVID-19 positive patients in our healthcare system. “We are still doing great, in terms of our hospital capacity,” Green commented. Across the state, 54% of all hospital beds are in use, 43% of intensive care unit beds are occupied, and ventilator use is only at 12%. He is encouraging people to get medical treatment if needed and to not fear hospitalization. For more on the Harvard/NPR study: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/07/851610771/u-s-coronavirus-testing-still-falls-short-hows-your-state-doing

 

Department of Health:

Three New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

There are three (3) new cases of coronavirus being reported today by the DOH. All of the cases are on O‘ahu, one is an adult and the two others are minors. Both minors are members of a family cluster that DOH has been monitoring. The adult case continues to be under investigation.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 13, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 3 414 376
Hawai‘i 0 75 75
Maui 0 115 90
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 11
Unknown 0 0
Total 3 638
Total released from isolation     563
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 391 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
37,436** 636 36,780

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

Bar Graph of COVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of May 12, 2020

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

Contact Tracing and Testing Capacity

DOH is working on a plan to rapidly increase testing and contact tracing capacity. As more businesses open back up, this will be necessary to detect and respond to any increase in new cases. An important part of the contact tracing plan is ensuring adequate numbers of people who are well trained. DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson has put together a partnership with the University of Hawai‘i for a program which will train 300 more contract tracers who can be mobilized in case of a surge. This is in addition to the more than 80 contract tracers already available. At Wednesday’s news briefing UH President David Lassner provided an update on the university’s role in the contact tracing program. (See item below)

DOH Reiterates Continued Need for Vigilance During Safer-at-Home Phase

Complacency is a serious concern as reports of fewer cases inadvertently signals less urgency. Informal gatherings are being observed and people are doing less social distancing, and everyone is not wearing a mask. Any success we are seeing now will backslide if everyone in our communities does not comply with staying at home, social distancing, mask-wearing, and other measures to keep the spread of coronavirus controlled. State legislators are urged to remind their constituents that maintaining community efforts and sacrifices will allow us to reopen the state. Not complying will likely create a second wave of COVID-19 and delay reopening businesses and resumption of travel.

 

University of Hawai‘i

Leveraging Expertise for Contract Tracing

As Governor Ige announced, a one-year, $2.5 million program, forged as a partnership between the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division and UH’s UHealthy Hawaiʻi Initiative will leverage UH faculty expertise and existing courses across the 10-campus system to quickly develop content for contact tracing training. The plan is to then train the approximately 300 contact tracers in two to three days, or two to three months, depending on their educational backgrounds, as well as increase the universityʻs capacity to graduate 100 community health workers each year. DOH can then hire the trained individuals as needed, including as emergency hires, in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases. The university will offer two tracks for contact tracing training: a course for clinical professionals (approximately two to three days to complete for those with at least an undergraduate degree and a clinical health background) and an intensive contact tracing program (approximately two to three months for those with undergraduate degrees, health sciences preferred). All training content and materials will be approved by the DOH.

The UH Community Colleges will add capacity in the community health worker programs and update curricula so that community health worker graduates will be prepared to be part of COVID-19 contact tracing teams as needed. In an effort to increase enrollment, $1,000 scholarships will be available to UH Community College health worker students once they complete the program. They are a critical component to the contract tracing teams with their special community-based training and ties to work effectively with identified high-risk populations. Learn more about the UHealthy Hawai‘i Initiative: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/08/20/uhealthy-hawaii/

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

852 Passengers Arrive in Hawai‘i

Yesterday, 852 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 264 visitors and 321 residents. The following table shows passenger numbers coming into the state. The table in the DBEDT section shows interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR MONDAY, MAY 12, 2020

KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 3 114 117
Intended New Resident 16 88 104
Resident 27 294 321
Transit 46 46
Visitor 26 238 264
GRAND TOTAL 72 0 780 0 852
Flights 1 0 12 0 13

*Visitors are people who do not have a Hawai‘i ID, including essential healthcare workers, essential federal workers, former residents like mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4582/051320-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR MAY 9, 2020

Arriving Airport

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

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 64 110 100 60 26 1 0 0 361
Kona (KOA) 109 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 115
Hilo (ITO) 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 126
Kahului (OGG) 238 3 0 0 0 2 3 0 3 249
Līhuʻe (LIH) 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 57
Molokaʻi (MMK) 27 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 37
Lānaʻi (LYN) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Total Arriving 561 67 110 121 60 28 4 0 3 954

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

 

Hawai‘i House of Representatives:

House Awaits $5.1 Billion Capital Improvement Project Budget from the Senate

The Senate Ways and Means Conference Committee agreed Wednesday on the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, totaling more than $5.1 billion. Some of the funding would address statewide needs that have become apparent due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as upgrades to outdated Department of Labor and Industrial Relations unemployment computer systems and modernizing the Department of Accounting and General Services finance systems. The CIP budget also includes funding for many “shovel ready” construction projects that can begin work quickly providing much-needed jobs to help resuscitate the economy. The bill now moves to the full Senate for a second reading. To read more about the proposed budget: https://www.hawaiihousedemocrats.com/post/house-awaits-5-1-billion-cip-budget-from-the-senate

 

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kaua‘i Temporarily Adds Hunting Days for Covid-19 Response

Kaua‘i hunters are invited to apply for special use permits to hunt goats, pigs, and deer on closed hunting days in State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Game

Management Areas. Usually, most hunting areas on Kaua‘i are open only weekends (Friday-Monday). Beginning on Monday, May 18, people who want to hunt on closed days can submit online applications. “Hunters have asked us to increase open hunting days to help them feed our community,” said Sheri S. Mann, Kaua‘i Branch Manager for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). “With so many people out of work, and concerns about national meat shortages, it is likely many folks are interested in hunting during the middle of the week.  We want hunters to practice social distancing recommendations. Opening up daily hunting should spread hunting trips out and reduce the likelihood of overlaps.” Applicants must have a current hunters license and permits will be issued for a one-month period, with opportunity to reapply for future months after submitting harvest data. Permits will be processed several times a week.

For more information: www.KauaiForestUsers.com or 808-274-3433.

Read the full news release here: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/13/nr20-062/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 13, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 12, 2020

Department of Health:

One New Case of COVID-19

There is one (1) new case reported today by the DOH. This is an out-of-state resident who was screened at the airport and subsequently tested positive. Complacency is a serious concern as reports of fewer cases inadvertently signals less urgency. Informal gatherings are being observed and people are doing less social distancing and everyone is not wearing a mask. Any success we are seeing now will backslide if everyone in our community does not comply with the safer-at-home order, social distancing, mask-wearing, and other measures to control the spread of coronavirus. State legislators are urged to remind their constituents that maintaining community efforts and sacrifices will allow us to reopen the state. Not complying, could create a second wave of COVID-19 and delay reopening businesses and resumption of travel.

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

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 1 411 376
Hawai‘i 0 75 75
Maui 0 115 90
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 11
Unknown 0 0
Total 1 635
Total released from isolation     563
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
37,045** 632 36,390

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

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

Graph of Confirmed Community Associated and Unknown COVID-19 Cases as of May 11, 2020

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

893 Passengers Arrive in Hawai‘i

Yesterday, 893 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 286 visitors and 339 residents. The following table shows passenger numbers coming into the state. The table in the DBEDT section shows interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 6 131 137
Intended New Resident 2 85 87
Resident 37 302 339
Transit 44 44
Visitor 18 268 286
GRAND TOTAL 0 63 830 0 893
Flights 0 1 13 0 14

*Visitors are people who do not have a Hawai‘i ID, including essential healthcare workers, essential federal workers, former residents like mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4580/051220-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR MAY 8, 2020

Arriving Airport

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

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 145 140 162 110 36 4 0 0 597
Kona (KOA) 220 0 0 26 0 0 0 0 0 246
Hilo (ITO) 267 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 267
Kahului (OGG) 383 19 0 0 0 34 2 0 4 442
Līhuʻe (LIH) 304 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 304
Molokaʻi (MMK) 45 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 66
Lānaʻi (LYN) 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8
Kapalua (JHM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waimea (MUE) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total Arriving 1,223 164 140 214 110 70 6 0 4 1,931

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

 

Department of Defense:

Team Hickam Salutes First Responders in Statewide Flyover

The Hawai‘i Air National Guard and 15th Wing Active Duty Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will perform a flyover throughout the State on Thursday, May 14, around 11:00 a.m. The flyovers are scheduled above most of Hawai‘i’s large hospitals and major metropolitan areas in a salute to all frontline workers battling COVID-19, as well as those staying home to “flatten the curve.” The flyover will feature all locally-based U.S. Air Force planes, including a C-17 Globemaster III, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a four-ship flight of F-22 Raptors. These aircraft were already scheduled for training flights, so the flyover comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer. The flight path was coordinated with Hawai‘i State officials as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The altitude of the flyover will vary between 2,500 and 3,000 feet above ground level. 154th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Dann Carlson said, “This event will recognize the hard work that everyone in Hawai‘i has already accomplished to keep Hawai‘i’s COVID cases among the lowest in the nation, while also acknowledging the need for continued vigilance. These flyovers are meant to provide hope and reaffirm confidence in our state and nation while emphasizing the Air Force’s enduring commitment and support to the people of the State of Hawai’i.” Residents watching should do so from the safety of their homes while adhering to social distancing guidelines and should refrain from traveling to see the flyovers.

For more information:

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/office-of-the-governor-news-release-team-hickam-salutes-hawaiis-first-responders-health-care-facilities-with-statewide-flyover/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 12, 2020

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 11, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Don’t Congregate, No Big-Groups, Masks in Public – Governor Reminds

At a Monday afternoon news briefing Governor David Ige again asked everyone to remain vigilant in order to stay on the right track. He commented, “We’ll lose all of our progress and the sacrifices you’ve all made if we see a surge in COVID-19 cases. All of your work will have been meaningless.” Hawai‘i has reported fewer than three new cases each of the past four days, with no new cases reported last Friday. The governor said we have flattened the curve, but the state has received numerous reports of people not following social distancing guidelines and not wearing masks while in close proximity to other people.

CARES Act Provides $1.25 Billion to Hawai‘i

While the appropriation of the one and a quarter billion dollars the state is receiving from the federal CARES Act does not require the legislature to take action, Governor Ige thanked law makers for their work and said he thought it was important to engage the House and the Senate for accountability and transparency. $862 million of the funding is allocated to the State for a variety of response, prevention and recovery activities. Of that amount the counties of Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i will receive a total of $175 million. The City and County of Honolulu is receiving $387 million. The governor intends for the remaining balance of $553 million to bolster unemployment benefits for Hawai‘i residents.

 

Department of Health:

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Reported on O‘ahu

One adult and one minor are the latest two cases of COVID-19 being reported by DOH. Both cases are O‘ahu residents and are travel-associated. It is critical for all those who return from essential travel to stay in mandatory 14-day self-quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The total of coronavirus cases in the state is 634 since Feb. 28, 2020.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 11, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 2 410 376
Hawai‘i 0 75 74
Maui 0 115 89
Kaua‘i 0 21 20
Moloka‘i 0 2 2
Lana‘i 0 0 0
Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 11  
Unknown** 0 0  
Total 2 634  
Total released from isolation     561
Deaths 0 17  

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Cases that have died and one case that left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts.

** 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
36,612** 632 35,956

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **24 test results were inconclusive.

Please note: There appears to have been a glitch in the ELR reporting, in that the system was over counting some tests over the past week. Staff have fixed the issue and adjusted the data.

COVID-19 Cases by Exposure as of May 10

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

DOH Reminder – Check for the Green Placard Before Buying Food from Vendors

DOH is reminding you to check for the official Green “Passed” Placard before purchasing food especially from online or roadside vendors, some have never been inspected or licensed by state health officials. Individuals selling prepared foods without a food safety permit put people at risk of food-related illness and foodborne disease outbreaks. It is illegal to sell perishable foods without state approval and a permit from the DOH Food Safety Branch.

Exemptions to state food safety regulations are homemade non-perishable baked goods candies, and snacks sold directly to individuals and not sold to food establishments, retailers and distributors. For example, an office bake sale does not require a food service permit. Please contact the Food Safety Branch at (808) 586-8000 for questions or to report illegal food establishments. To check if a food establishment has a valid state food safety permit or to review inspection reports, go to: https://hi.healthinspections.us/hawaii/

Read the entire news release: https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/hawaii-department-of-health-advises-the-public-to-always-check-for-the-green-passed-placard-before-purchasing-food-from-vendors/

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

854 Passengers Arrive in Hawai‘i

Yesterday, 854 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 246 visitors and 334 residents. The following table shows passenger numbers coming into the state. The table in the DBEDT section shows interisland travel.

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020

  KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 2 12 118   132
Intended New Resident 3 1 76   80
Resident 20 10 304   334
Transit     62   62
Visitor 17 14 215   246
GRAND TOTAL 42 37 775 0 854
Flights 3 3 13 0 19

*Visitors are people who do not have a Hawai‘i ID, including essential healthcare workers, essential federal workers, former residents like mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4576/051120-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR MAY 7, 2020

Arriving Airport

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

Departing

Honolulu (HNL) 0 104 153 131 99 31 5 0 0 523
Kona (KOA) 212 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 225
Hilo (ITO) 233 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 234
Kahului (OGG) 250 8 0 0 0 10 1 0 6 275
Līhuʻe (LIH) 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 118
Molokaʻi (MMK) 28 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 39
Lānaʻi (LYN) 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7
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 846 112 153 160 99 41 6 0 6 1,423

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

 

Hawai‘i State Legislature:

House and Senate Reconvene, Public Viewing Held Online

The Legislature reconvened Monday and will remain in session through Monday, May 18. The session is focusing on stabilizing the state budget and budget-related bills in anticipation of a $1 billion shortfall in state revenues. The State Capitol remains closed, but anyone can still submit written testimony and livestream the proceedings:

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/broadcasts.aspx

 

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands:

DHHL, Aloha United Way Launch Beneficiary Rental Relief Program
A new program to provide rental relief for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries launched today, in partnership with Aloha United Way (AUW). The program’s implementation was approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) at its April meeting. DHHL’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide eligible beneficiaries with rental assistance using $7 million in Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant funds. HHC Chairman William J. Ailā, Jr. said, “We started by implementing mortgage relief programs for existing homesteaders and now we are pleased to launch this initiative with AUW to help applicants on our Waiting List. Norm Baker, interim AUW President and CEO commented, “Through data we understand the native Hawaiian population is one of our most vulnerable. The funds from the DHHL rental relief program administered by AUW will prevent native Hawaiian families from slipping into homelessness. We estimate more than 2,500 households will be saved from eviction.” Eligible native Hawaiians on DHHL’s Applicant Waiting List who have experienced a loss of income or job as a result of COVID-19 may receive assistance for the payment of their security deposit and/or rent for up to six months. To apply for DHHL’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, call AUW at 2-1-1. Learn the latest about COVID-19 impacts on DHHL activities by visiting dhhl.hawaii.gov/covid-19.

 

Department of Human Services:

Emergency SNAP Supplement to Aid Households 

DHS has received approval to provide three months of emergency SNAP supplements to address temporary food needs for SNAP households. This emergency SNAP supplement will bring all households up to the maximum benefit amount, based on household size, regardless of income. SNAP households who already received the maximum benefit amount will not receive an emergency supplement. There is no action needed from customers to receive these payments. Emergency supplements will be automatically issued to the SNAP household’s EBT card. To view how much you would now be getting based on your household size:

https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/blog/emergency-snap-supplement-will-bring-households-the-maximum-benefit/

Preschool Open Doors Program Deadline Extended to May 15th

Additional help is being offered for families in need of affordable preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the COVID-19 emergency, DHS is extending the deadline to submit applications until May 15, 2020 for the Preschool Open Doors program. DHS Director Pankaj Bhanot said, “During these challenging times, we will continue to serve our State with aloha. Together, we honor our commitment to supporting our collective community; individuals and families from keiki to kupuna.” Both the application period and funding are limited, so DHS is encouraging families to apply before that May 15 deadline. To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2021-2022 DOE school year (born between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016). If awarded a subsidy, families may use any one of the 426 state-licensed preschools. DHS also gives priority to underserved or at-risk children.

https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/blog/preschool-open-doors-program-deadline-extended-to-may-15-2020-amid-covid-19/

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PDF: COVID-19 Daily News Digest May 11, 2020

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