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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

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

The state is launching a new job training program for up to 650 workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, using $10 million in federal CARES Act funds. The program, coordinated by the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT), matches workers with companies in sectors such as conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, creative arts, aerospace, ...
Read More State announces worker training, PPE supply chain funds for small businesses

Several bills became law with the governor’s signature recently — from protecting the work of Hawai‘i’s musicians and managing climate change impacts on shorelines to fighting against domestic violence, abuse and unfair employment practices. They were all part of the state’s first virtual bill signings, which can be seen on Governor Ige’s Facebook page, to ...
Read More Virtual bill signings make history for state issues

Finding lifelines for Hawai‘i’s families in this pandemic — whether it’s access to food and other resources, free online “teachables,” or information from public health experts — is part of First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige’s mission. Each week on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FirstLadyofHawaii/, you can find practical advice and positive connections to help with some ...
Read More ‘Q & A Hawai‘i’: Reaching out in a pandemic

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