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DOH: Community Spread is Primary Source of Infection Among Cases

Of the 215 reported cases today,112 are attributed to community spread. Three (3) cases have travel as a risk factor, and 100 case are pending investigation. The majority of new cases are on O‘ahu, with Hawai‘i island reporting 11, and Maui reporting three (3). The new cases include 180 adults and 35 children (18 yrs. and younger). All the minors are …

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Nurses Needed to Assist Hospitals as COVID-19 Cases Surge in Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i hospitals are urgently seeking nurses, including recent nursing graduates, because of the increasing number of hospitalizations due to the surge in COVID-19 illnesses. All recent graduates, even if they have not yet taken the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN licensing exams, are needed to work in a variety of nursing roles, and not necessarily with COVID-19 patients. The state has waived …

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Gov. Ige Announces Hawai`i will Apply for New Unemployment Bonus Program

Gov. David Ige and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Acting Director Anne Eustaquio announced today that Hawaiʻi will apply to participate in a new unemployment insurance plus up program called the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. The program, under to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was created by the president via a memorandum earlier this month in response to the July expiration of the unemployment $600 weekly benefit.  “This will bring relief to many who are still …

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DOH Reports Two More Deaths and 169 New Cases of COVID-19

Two O‘ahu residents, one man and one woman, both over 80-years old, and both with underlying medical conditions are the 48th and 49th victims of COVID-19. The entire state expresses their sorrow and condolences to the family and friends of the latest people to pass from this disease. DOH reports 169 new cases of coronavirus today, with 149 of them in adults and 20 …

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Two More Deaths and 236 New Cases of COVID-19

An O‘ahu man, older than 60-years-old and a Lānaʻi man, 40-59 years old raise Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 death toll to 45. The O‘ahu victim had an underlying health condition, was hospitalized and passed away on August 15. The Lānaʻiman also had underlying health conditions and had been hospitalized on Maui. His death is believed to be travel related. 230 of the newly reported COVID-19 cases …

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Mayor Victorino Announces Delay of TV Production Amid COVID-19 Surge

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that production on the television show Temptation Island has been delayed due to current COVID-19 health and safety concerns in Maui County. Mayor Victorino provided the following statement: “After speaking with the production company, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, the ILWU hotel worker union and our County Film Office, we all agreed to delay production of …

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DLNR Decides To Leave Unexploded Ordnance Off Molokini Crater In Place

There are no plans to ‘detonate-in-place,” two WWII era munitions in waters off Molokini Crater in Maui County. The decision, announced today, is based on an assessment from the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DESB) conducted at the State’s request. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We appreciate all of the public feedback and concur with the Army’s DESB assessment …

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261 New Cases Though Spike Partially Attributed to Delays in Test Reporting

234 of the newly reported COVID-19 cases today are on O‘ahu, with seven (7) on Hawai‘i island and twenty (20) from Maui for a total of 261 new cases. Of the new cases today, 56 are attributed to the cluster of cases at OCCC, and 37 positive results from yesterday are included today due to laboratory reporting delays.  DOH is reporting two additional deaths of …

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Maui Police Arrest 14 for Flouting Hawai`i Quarantine

Between June 20, 2020 and August 19, 2020, there have been fourteen arrested in Maui County for violating Hawaii revised Statute 127A-25 and 127A-29 the Rules and Orders, pertaining to the 14 Day Quarantine, set forth in the Emergency Proclamations (Covid-19) by Governor David Ige and Mayor Michael Victorino.  June 20, 2020 Patricia Arenas (43) of Kihei was arrested for …

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Health Director Discusses Absence and Current State of COVID-19 in Hawai`i

State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson discussed media reports about his absence at today’s news briefing. He said, “I know many of you have been asking about the brief rest break I took last week for a few days. Let me explain that I needed some time to rest and rejuvenate, and I appreciate the Governor granting me that brief …

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