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PLEASE NOTE the following update regarding the current lowering of the flag to honor the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg’s interment was scheduled today, Sept. 29, 2020. Accordingly, all flags shall return to full staff at sunset today. # # # Media Contacts: Jodi Leong Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary Office ...
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A new COVID-19 leadership team for better response and community input. New programs to help people pay their rent and survive unemployment. More effective ways to monitor the virus — including a new COVID-19 dashboard, better contact tracing, and record-setting “surge testing.” And now, the Oct. 15 launch of a pre-travel testing program to keep ...
Read More From the governor: Hawai‘i’s Pandemic Action Plan

The state’s new Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program (RRHAP) will help Hawai‘i residents with payments of up to $2,000 a month for O‘ahu households and $1,500 a month for neighbor island households. Those eligible include renters who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the pandemic and have a household income at or below ...
Read More Rental assistance available for hard-hit residents

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations continues to make progress to resolve unemployment claims and has implemented a new system for those who lost jobs because of COVID-19. To provide several weeks of additional benefits for those hit by the pandemic, the department has set up a self-certification system for payments through the ...
Read More DLIR issues .3B in benefits, launches lost wages aid

When you need to be alone

Posted on Sep 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection

Need a place to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19? You can call the Health Department’s Hawai‘i CARES line at 832-3100 or 1-800-753-6879 for placement or in-home services. “No one in need is turned away,” said DOH deputy director Edward Mersereau on a recent media tour of the Pearl Hotel Waikiki. The hotel is one ...
Read More When you need to be alone

How do you control a pandemic? Part of the answer involves corralling as much real-time data as possible so everyone can see the same information and understand how we can curb the spread of COVID-19. The new Department of Health dashboard at https://hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard/  includes contact tracing and testing capacity, mask-wearing behavior, modes of transmission with ...
Read More New state dashboard for better public information

To fight the pandemic on all fronts, deploying the best community resources available, Governor Ige and his team are implementing a plan to help us navigate the pandemic in the months ahead. The Hawai‘i Pandemic Action Plan lays out in simple terms what the top three priorities are for the state. The priorities — protect ...
Read More A COVID action plan and leadership team for Hawai‘i

To protect public health and restart the economy, the governor has announced the Oct. 15 launch of the Safe Travels pre-testing program. The testing program enables residents and visitors to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested within 72 hours from the final leg of departure. They must obtain an FDA-authorized nucleic acid ...
Read More Hawai‘i to start pre-travel testing for residents, visitors

Reopening schools is a key part of the state’s overall plan to keep everyone safe while restarting the economy and getting people back to work. To do this, the state Department of Health, working with the Department of Education, has released guidance and metrics at health.hawaii.gov for school leaders to use in making decisions. “We ...
Read More DOH guidelines for schools