Timeline

The spread of COVID-19 began in December 2019 and continues to expand globally. The best way to help control the spread of the virus is to use everyday prevention practices and stay informed.

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Dec. 31, 2019Government officials in Wuhan, China announced they were treating dozens of pneumonia patients with an unknown cause.
Jan. 7, 2020Chinese officials announce the discovery of a new virus in the coronavirus family.
Jan. 21, 2020CDC announces the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the US: a Washington State man who developed symptoms after visiting Wuhan. Read more here.
Jan. 30, 2020International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC)
Jan. 31, 2020International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a national public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
Feb. 28, 2020Hawai‘i DOH launched testing, working with the CDC, for Persons Under Investigation (PUI) using the federal criteria for selecting samples. Hawai‘i initially received COVID-19 laboratory test materials from the CDC in early February but was unable to conduct testing because of defects in the materials received.
Mar. 4, 2020Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige appointed Lt. Gov. Josh Green as the administration’s liaison between the state and healthcare community as it pertains to COVID-19 preparedness and response.
Mar. 5, 2020Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation that allows the state to work quickly and efficiently to prevent, contain and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, and to provide disaster relief if necessary. Read more here.

Hawai‘i DOH expanded testing procedures according to CDC’s expanded criteria for testing to include persons with symptoms who had traveled to areas outside of China with known spread of COVID-19.
Mar. 6, 2020Hawai‘i’s first presumptive positive case was identified as a local resident who was likely exposed while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. Read more here.
Mar. 8, 2020CDC issued a national recommendation that people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness avoid cruise travel and nonessential air travel. See specific travel guidance related to COVID-19.

In Hawai‘i, the second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was identified, a patient hospitalized for the condition after returning to Hawai‘i from Washington State. Read more here.
Mar. 9, 2020Hawai‘i State House Speaker Scott Saiki appointed 26 members of the Select House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness to advise House members on the potential financial and economic impact of the new coronavirus.
Mar. 10, 2020Hawai‘i DOH launched a statewide testing program to identify cases of community spread of COVID-19. The program will receive up to 400 samples per week from participating healthcare providers and will randomly select and test 200. Read more here.
Mar. 13, 2020President Trump declares a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here.
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