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Tuberculosis (TB) clearance requirements reinstated

TB clearance now available by phone or email for those who qualify HONOLULU — Tuberculosis (TB) clearance requirements for childcare, school, post-secondary institutions and for food handlers have been reinstated effective June 1, 2020. These routine TB clearance requirements had been waived temporarily through May 31 to support COVID-19 social distancing and mitigation efforts. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has resumed issuing clearances for these groups and now offers phone and email clearance for many people who may be eligible. The department continues to issue clearances for healthcare workers and patients in long-term care facilities. “The Department of Health is now offering phone and email clearances for TB to those that qualify,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, chief of the TB Control Branch. “For those who still require walk-in services, we’ve implemented new policies and procedures to support social distancing measures and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to call in advance to learn how to best use the services and obtain their clearance as conveniently as possible for childcare, school or work.” TB clearance by phone Individuals seeking clearance may call the nearest office (below) to see if they qualify for a telephone clearance assessment or to make [...]

2020-06-10T10:44:58-10:00June 10th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Three people arrested for quarantine violations

Returning Resident Arrested by Special Agents HONOLULU – A-48-year old, Waikīkī area woman was arrested this morning by Special Agents from the Investigation Division of the Dept. of the Attorney General (AG) on quarantine violation charges. An investigation showed that Patricia L. Pian returned to Honolulu from San Diego on May 31. Witnesses reported seeing her swimming in the ocean a few hours after her return. She was also seen sunbathing with her husband and walking their dog. Pian was arrested in the hallway of her condominium building and charged with violating the 14-day mandatory traveler quarantine. She is the first returning resident to be arrested by the AG’s investigators and her bail was set at $2,000. On Monday, a 20-year-old man from South Korea and a 48-year old Virginia woman were arrested by Special Agents on quarantine charges. Jin Wook Lee and Kady C. Swartz were taken into custody at a Waikīkī hotel. An investigation showed Lee arrived in Honolulu on May 20 and falsified his place-of-stay. It was discovered he was staying at the hotel with Swartz and her daughter. Hotel personnel witnessed quarantine violations and contacted authorities. They report Lee violated quarantine from the day he arrived. [...]

2020-06-10T11:18:30-10:00June 9th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 8, 2020

Department of Health: Twelve New Cases Reported Since Friday Since the report on Friday, June 5 at noon, there have been an additional twelve (12) cases of coronavirus reported in Hawai‘i. Today, DOH reports one (1) new case of an O‘ahu adult resident. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 8, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 1 442 404 Hawai‘i 0 81 81 Maui 0 118 111 Kaua‘i 0 21 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 12   Unknown 0 0   Total 1 676   Total released from isolation     618 Deaths 0 17   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 2,217 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 55,474** 674 54,786 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive Hawaiicovid19.com Additional Testing and Precautions Underway at Long-Term Care Facilities DOH is investigating three positive cases, who are workers at a senior living facility and a long term skilled nursing facility on O‘ahu. None of these workers are [...]

2020-06-08T16:03:49-10:00June 8th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

Hawai‘i Department of Health to disburse $30,000 to enable virtual visits with kupuna in skilled nursing facilities

HONOLULU - The Hawai‘i Department of Health is disbursing a total of $30,000 to 23 skilled nursing facilities in the state for communications devices that will allow seniors at these facilities to stay in touch with their family and friends during the current pandemic. Since mid-March 2020, skilled nursing facilities have prohibited visitors and nonessential personnel from visiting their facilities to adhere to strict physical distancing guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect vulnerable seniors in these facilities. “With restrictions on face-to-face, in-person visits still in place, the grants will provide the tools skilled nursing facilities need to provide emotional support for their residents,” said Keith Ridley, chief of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA), which oversees and regulates skilled nursing facilities. The skilled nursing facilities that are receiving grants include: Facility Name Total Award 15 Craigside $1,288.00 Aloha Nursing & Rehab Centre $1,041.89 Ann Pearl $   900.00 Arcadia Retirement Residence $1,288.00 Avalon Care Center - HNL $1,080.00 Garden Isle $1,200.00 Hale Kupuna $   900.00 Hale Nani Rehab. & Nursing $2,160.00 Kalakaua Gardens $1,466.88 Kauai Care Center $   672.00 Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital $1,988.00 Kuakini Geriatric Care $1,197.00 Legacy Hilo $   900.00 Liliha [...]

2020-06-12T12:51:56-10:00June 8th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 5, 2020

Department of Health: DOH Reminds Everyone to Continue Prevention as Case Count Rises Today, there are six (6) new cases of coronavirus among O‘ahu residents and three (3) older cases, being reported. The last time Hawai‘i saw six or more new cases of coronavirus was on April 22. Health officials remind everyone to continue maintaining all recommended infection prevention measures: Social distancing Frequent hand washing Wearing of masks Staying home when sick Today’s count of nine (9) additional cases, includes the three (3) older cases, added as a result of data cleaning with one each on O‘ahu, Maui, and Kaua‘i. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 5, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 7 431 401 Hawai‘i 0 81 81 Maui 1 118 110 Kaua‘i 1 21 20 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 0 11   Unknown 0 0   Total 9 664   Total released from isolation     614 Deaths 0 17   ** One case removed due to updated testing information * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 921 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory [...]

2020-06-05T17:07:57-10:00June 5th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

Encouragement to Get COVID-19 Information From Official Sources

HONOLULU – Law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding Hawai‘i residents to only rely on official sources of information for the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues involving government agencies and their responses. Some social media sites have recently posted false information suggesting that out-of-state individuals are coming to Hawai‘i to cause trouble. Attorney General Clare Connors, the state’s chief law enforcement official said, “While social media can be helpful in distributing information broadly, everyone knows there are countless examples of where social media platforms have spread misinformation through false postings. We encourage readers and viewers to be discerning, to rely only on official sources of information and to avoid getting caught up in the dissemination of rumors and/or gossip online.” Law enforcement agencies constantly monitor activities associated with groups and individuals planning to insert themselves inappropriately or illegally into activities in the state. # # # PDF: Encouragement to Get COVID-19 Information from Official Sources

2020-06-12T12:51:56-10:00June 5th, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 4, 2020

Department of Health: Two Honolulu Residents Latest COVID-19 Cases Reported Two O‘ahu residents are the newest cases of coronavirus. One of the adults was diagnosed out of state. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 4, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 1 424 400 Hawai‘i 0 81 81 Maui 0 117 109 Kaua‘i 0 20 19 Moloka‘i 0 2 2 Lana‘i 0 0 0 Residents Diagnosed outside HI 1 11   Unknown 0 0   Total 2 655   Total released from isolation     611 Deaths 0 17   ** One case removed due to updated testing information * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,698 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 52,336** 653 51,669 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive Hawaiicovid19.com For more tables visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/   Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency: HI-EMA Reminds Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season While most people are focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, HI-EMA wants to remind residents to also begin thinking about hurricane season – and to [...]

2020-06-04T17:10:56-10:00June 4th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

The Scoop on Sentinel Surveillance Testing

As Hawai‘i cautiously reopens its economy, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) is keeping an eye on detecting flu and COVID-19 in the community through its Sentinel Surveillance Program. The program conducts random testing to gain a pulse on respiratory illness in the state by partnering with outpatient healthcare providers and private laboratories. Influenza epidemiologist Han Ha Youn Influenza Epidemiologist Han Ha Youn gave us the inside scoop on sentinel surveillance testing. What is sentinel surveillance and how does it work? Han Ha: In partnership with the Department of Health, selected physicians in outpatient settings and health care centers throughout the state are collecting nasal swab samples from patients with symptoms of respiratory illness who test negative for flu and have no travel history outside of the state. These samples are tested for COVID-19 and can provide valuable information on possible spread of the disease in Hawaii. The system can give us an early warning sign for cases in the community or unusual flu-like illness activity, especially in rural areas where it can be difficult to find healthcare and testing. Why is sentinel surveillance testing being conducted by DOCD? Han Ha: As part of a multi-layered approach, Sentinel surveillance is being performed at select outpatient sites to determine [...]

2020-06-12T13:00:27-10:00June 4th, 2020|Community News, Uncategorized|

Hawaii COVID-19 Daily News Digest June 3, 2020

Department of Health: Total COVID-19 Case Count Unchanged Due to Reclassifications The new case today is a non-resident who traveled to O‘ahu and became ill while in self-quarantine. A previous Maui case was removed after re-testing with negative results. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 3, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) Total Released from Isolation* O‘ahu 1 423 401 Hawai‘i 0 81 81 Maui 0 117 109 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 0 653**   Total released from isolation     612 Deaths 0 17   * Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria. ** One case removed due to updated testing information Laboratory* Testing Data There were 1,130 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative 50,638** 651 49,973 *Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive Hawaiicovid19.com For more tables visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/   Hawai‘i Tourism Authority: 1,587 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday Yesterday, a total of 1,587 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 419 visitors and 480 returning residents. There [...]

2020-06-03T17:08:43-10:00June 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Uncategorized|

Economic Reopening and Reshaping Strategy Outlined Online

HONOLULU – Anyone interested in getting more detail on the State’s Beyond Recovery: Reopening Strategy, can now view the entire detailed strategy online. It was developed by the Governor’s Office along with the Hawai‘i Economic and Community Recovery Navigator in collaboration with many government agencies and business sector partners. The reopening strategy, presented by the Governor in late May, is informed by three guiding principles: save lives and prevent suffering, empower individuals with safe practices, and reopen and reshape Hawai‘i to be stronger and more resilient. A phased approach to reopening is already underway, with a continued focus on four key public health pillars: Prevention: Safe practices, self-isolation and quarantine Detection: Provide a robust picture of infections in communities Containment: Investigate, test, isolate and monitor cases and close contacts Treatment: Clinical care and treatment, symptom management The state roadmap to recovery and resiliency includes 4 distinct phases: Stabilization, Reopening, Long-term Recovery, and Resilience. The state is currently in phase 2, the Reopening Phase, with an emphasis on strengthening and promoting the Kama‘aina Economy. During this phase interisland travel will reopen without quarantine restrictions on June 16. This phase is informed by the “Act with Care” impact level, which asks all [...]

2020-06-12T12:51:56-10:00June 3rd, 2020|News Releases, Uncategorized|

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