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David Ige

Governor David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawai‘i on December 1, 2014. He became the fourth native-born Governor of Hawai‘i and first governor in the United States of America of Okinawan descent.

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Governor David Ige

MAY 28, 2020
www.hawaiicovid19.com

Governor’s Office:
Community Connection on Facebook Live Held with Four County Mayors
Gov. Ige was joined by all four county mayors during today’s Community Connection session to discuss the reopening of businesses and activities in the state and counties. The leaders of the state answered public and media questions on what residents could expect in the coming weeks and months as Hawai‘i continues its fight against COVID-19. Viewers asked where and when pools would reopen, when camping will be allowed, and wanted updates on summer programs, and more. The mayors emphasized that their goal is to keep the community safe. City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell pointed out, “There’s no playbook for this pandemic. It’s not like a tsunami where we go through this repeatedly. We are learning how to deal with it.” They also stressed they’ve been talking to each other from the very beginning to share what they’re doing and looking at best practices.

During the session Gov. Ige mentioned that the 14-day quarantine would be extended for domestic and international travelers past June 30, but would make an official announcement at a later date. Gov. Ige also mentioned that he and all four mayors have been working for the last three weeks to coordinate reopening interisland travel and said they would make a decision on that within the next few days. Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said they’re still working out details and that there needs to be a “strong-checked” system whenever travelers leave their destination.

Department of Health:
Three New Cases of COVID-19 on O‘ahu
DOH reports three (3) adults are the latest people to test positive for COVID-19. All are Hawai‘i residents and all were diagnosed in Honolulu. Two of the cases are from community spread, and the risk factor for the third person is unknown at this time.

Low Case Counts Don’t Predict the Future
As the state moves forward with opening businesses and activities, it is expected that more positive cases will be reported. COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease and it’s liklely there will always be cases in the state. It remains critical for everyone to care for one another and keep up social distancing, handwashing, wearing facial covering, and other prevention measures to protect those who are at risk and to keep the number of cases down. Only by working together can we control the spread of illness in the state.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 28, 2020
Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since
2/28/2020
(including new cases) Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 3 417 397
Hawai‘i 0 82 81
Maui 0 116 106
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 0 647
Total released from isolation 603
Deaths 0 17
* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.

Laboratory* Testing Data
There were 742 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.
Total Number of Individuals Tested
by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
46,488** 645 45,828
*Electronic Laboratory Reporting **15 test results were inconclusive
Hawaiicovid19.com



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

Department of Transportation:
“Act With Care” Update on Driver’s License, State ID
The DOT is working with the governor’s office to provide a blanket extension for all driver’s licenses, State identification cards, and instruction permits to the end of September to reduce the need for people to gather at driver’s licensing centers. This extension will be added to a future supplementary proclamation. Gov. Ige said, “Thanks to the actions of the majority of our residents, Hawai‘i is one of the best-performing states in the country in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain grateful and cautious as we move towards recovery. Providing an additional extension of credentials will allow our county DMVs to address the backlog that developed over this emergency period while keeping our public servants and community members safe.”

As an added note, expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1, 2020, can be used at TSA checkpoints for up to one year after the card’s expiration. According to the TSA: “If your driver’s license of state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration.”
hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/05/28/act-with-care-update-on-drivers-license-state-id/

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:
Hawai‘i Visitor Statistics Released for April 2020
In April 2020, visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands decreased 99.5 percent compared to a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. A total of 4,564 visitors traveled to Hawai‘i by air service last month compared to 856,250 total visitors (by air and cruise ships) during the same period a year ago. To view the full report:
www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4678/april-2020-visitor-statistics-press-release-final.pdf

1,129 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday
Today marked nine weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Yesterday, a total of 1,129 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 311 visitors and 398 returning residents. There was a total of 15 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 27, 2020
KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 7 129 8 144
Transit 44 44
Military 92 92
Exempt 65 65
Relocate to Hawai‘i 4 69 2 75
Returning Resident 33 358 7 398
Visitor 16 272 23 311
GRAND TOTAL 0 60 1,029 40 1,129
Flights 0 1 12 2 15
www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4679/052820-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

Hawai‘i State Senate:
Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 Meets to Discuss Tourism Recovery
The Hawai‘i State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 held a hearing Thursday to discuss the tourism recovery plan. Members of the Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative presented a plan to create a task force to establish a travel bubble corridor. The corridor is for travel by two regions, both of which contained the virus, and who agree to a quarantine-free travel zone. All meetings are livestreamed.
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Governor David Ige

May 28, 2020 Community Connection: I am joined by all County Mayors to discuss the reopening of businesses and activities in their counties. We're taking questions live so submit them in the comment section below. Mahalo and thanks for tuning in.

Emergency Rules and Orders from the County Mayors detailing reopening are as follows:

Kauai County, Hawaii:
www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Civil_Defense/Emergency%20Proclamations/Mayor%27s%20Emergency%20Rule%20%2...

City and County of Honolulu:
www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/may/may_docs/Emergency_Order_No_2020-14.pdf

County of Maui:
www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=10132
governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2005178-COM_Public-Health-Emergency-Rules-Amended-...

Hawaii County, Hawaii:
www.hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2074/720
www.hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2156/16
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MAY 27, 2020
www.hawaiicovid19.com

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. The new case comes after three consecutive days of zero (0) positive cases.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, May 27, 2020
Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since
2/28/2020
(including new cases) Total Released from Isolation*
O‘ahu 0 414 394
Hawai‘i 1 82 81
Maui 0 116 104
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 1 644
Total released from isolation 600
Deaths 0 17
* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.

Laboratory* Testing Data
There were 518 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.
Total Number of Individuals Tested
by Clinical and State Laboratories Positive Negative
45,746** 642 45,089
*Electronic Laboratory Reporting **15 test results were inconclusive
Hawaiicovid19.com



Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:
Vacation Rental Performance Report Released
HTA released its monthly Vacation Rental Performance Report Wednesday, and the supply of vacation rentals in Hawai‘i last month was down 62.2 percent, and unit demand was down 97.4 percent compared to the same time last year. On April 7, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that short-term rentals may not operate during this emergency period. The other mayors followed with similar orders, and vacation rentals are not on the state’s list of essential businesses. To view the whole report:
www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4627/hta-april-2020-hawaii-vacation-rental-performance.pdf

869 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday
Yesterday, a total of 869 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 235 visitors and 322 returning residents. There was a total of 14 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 TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020
KONA MAUI O‘AHU LĪHUʻE TOTAL
Crew 2 110 112
Transit 58 58
Military 52 52
Exempt 44 44
Relocate to Hawai‘i 2 44 46
Returning Resident 15 307 322
Visitor 19 216 235
GRAND TOTAL 38 0 831 0 869
Flights 1 0 13 0 14
www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4628/052720-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

Reporting by DBEDT of interisland passenger numbers is currently experiencing an 11-day lag, as recently implemented traveler forms are being processed. Those numbers will be included as they become more current.

Department of Transportation:
New FAQ Section Added to DOT Coronavirus Webpage
The DOT has created a new Frequently Asked Questions section regarding the mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine and airline passenger verification process to help inform the public. Agencies that receive inquiries from the community are also invited to share the information as needed. To access the DOT Coronavirus webpage: hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:
State Monitoring for Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Claims
DLIR announced Wednesday it’s monitoring for fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. Multiple states have been victimized by fraudulent claims filed in recent weeks as part of a nationwide scam organized by a cybercrime gang that is believed to have obtained personal information through previous nationwide data breaches. The U.S. Secret Service issued a national alert about this international crime ring committing fraud against state unemployment programs on May 14, 2020. DLIR Director Scott Murakami said, “We are working with our federal, state and local partners to investigate and prevent fraud, while paying benefits to claimants as quickly as possible.” The department was alerted that potentially fake claims may be filed using previously stolen or fraudulent personal information, however, no personal information from claimants have been stolen from the department. The department uses program integrity measures to prevent and identify fraud and is currently coordinating with the Hawaii Bankers Association to identify suspicious accounts.
labor.hawaii.gov/blog/news/5453/
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