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Department of Health: Seven New COVID-19 Cases Reported on Lāna‘i There were seven (7) new COVID-19 cases reported on Lāna‘i today by DOH. The cumulative total now stands at 94 confirmed cases on the island (reported since Feb. 28). The active community cluster currently includes 93 confirmed and 3 probable cases for a total of ...
Read More HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Oct. 28, 2020

Governor Ige called the Oct. 15 trans-Pacific pre-travel testing launch “our single biggest effort since the pandemic began to revive our economy.” With Hawai‘i’s future at stake, federal, state and county governments worked with the airlines, hospitality and business communities to create a multi-layered system of protection. Balancing public health and economic survival depends on ...
Read More A critical time for jobs, health and Hawai’i’s economy

It’s taken a monumental effort by many, but the state’s launch of pre-travel — and in some cases post-travel — testing for travelers marks a milestone for Hawai‘i. While nothing is “foolproof” when it comes to COVID-19, Hawai‘i is doing more than every other state in the nation to protect public health for residents and ...
Read More New guidelines for trans-Pacific, interisland travel

Gov. David Ige has announced that 98 percent of the $863 million of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) or CARES Act monies received by the state in April has been set aside to assist with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  He added that all remaining CRF funds have been designated and will be used ...
Read More ‘Every penny’ of COVID-19 relief funds to be used

For thousands of Hawai‘i’s jobless residents, restaurants and suppliers hardest hit by the pandemic, some good news has arrived in time for the holidays. A pre-loaded $500 debit card — called a “win-win-win” for the unemployed, local restaurants and the entire local supply chain of farmers, fishers and ranchers — has been mailed statewide. The ...
Read More Hawai‘i Restaurant Card hailed as a ‘win-win-win’

Running a small, neighborhood restaurant is tough, even in the best of times. But during a pandemic, it can be brutal, especially if you want to hold onto your vision and values while still serving up locally sourced, high-quality food. That’s why The Nook owners Anicea Campanale and Hailey Berkey welcomed the new Hawai‘i Restaurant ...
Read More ‘The Nook’: Surviving in a pandemic

Help is on the way for thousands of small businesses and organizations that had to pivot or change their operations in response to COVID-19. The $25 million program will offer grants up to $10,000 to reimburse costs or cover future expenses. “In recent months, businesses have had to show creativity and grit just to survive,” ...
Read More Pivot grants, DA BUX program help businesses, families

  The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency is distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE) using $61 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Eligible groups include independent medical providers, hospitals, child care providers, eldercare facilities, non-profit organizations, schools and small businesses. To apply, go to https://hawaii-medical-alliance.myshopify.com/ until Nov. 15, 2020. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has ...
Read More Free PPE, DLIR calling . . .

The Department of the Attorney  General and the Hawaii State Ethics Commission are joining forces to identify fraud, waste and abuse involving government funds. “This partnership allows us to do more to instill public confidence in government,“ said Attorney General Clare Connors. “We all need to stay alert, particularly when substantial federal dollars are flowing ...
Read More Reporting fraud and waste

Providing practical information in a more personal way for families during the pandemic — that’s what First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige is focused on for her Facebook page with regular weekly posts. Whether it’s free meals for keiki or answers to basic questions on big issues such as pre-travel testing, contact tracing, or unemployment, Mrs. Ige ...
Read More A helping hand for keiki and kūpuna statewide