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Mask up . . . keep your distance . . .wash your hands. How many times have we heard Governor Ige and health officials remind us of precautions to keep our community safe? Now, with schools reopening and a new Sept. 1 launch date for pre-travel testing, those warnings should be hitting home. The reality ...
Read More Now, more than ever: Fighting COVID-19 together

“This is a wake-up call for all of us that COVID-19 is still a serious threat in Hawai‘i,” said state Department of Health (DOH) director Bruce Anderson. That warning came at a recent news conference as the state reported its highest numbers of COVID-19 cases. Although much of the concern has centered on out-of-state travelers, ...
Read More Stopping the virus in its tracks begins with all of us

It’s all hands on deck to deliver learning safely and effectively when Hawai‘i’s students return to school this month. From the bus drivers and custodians to teachers and staff — the goal is to create as healthy an environment as possible, said Hawai‘i Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. “Our models are based on the ...
Read More ‘Return to Learn’: Public schools look to different models

From required face coverings to reconfigured classrooms and hybrid approaches to learning, the  10 UH system campuses are gearing up for the start of the fall semester Aug. 24. Each campus is adopting precautions as it figures out how to safely deliver courses through a combination of in-person and distance learning. ‘It is a monumental ...
Read More UH system prepares for ‘unprecedented semester’

It’s the travel quarantine breakers who usually make the headlines, but the majority of returning residents and out-of-state visitors are complying with the rules, said Paul Jones, deputy chief of the Attorney General’s investigative division. He and Attorney General Clare Connors fielded questions on a July 16 Facebook Live session with Governor Ige. “Hawai‘i is ...
Read More Making quarantine work to protect the community

The governor’s signing of Senate Bill 126 on July 31 means that $636 million in federal CARES Act funding could be available to help Hawai‘i families and other community areas that need it most — from rental aid, food subsidies and other basic needs to unemployment benefits, PPE supplies, job training and small business innovation. ...
Read More CARES Act funds in the pipeline

There are now severe consequences for food establishments that ignore rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch will issue red placards temporarily suspending the operations of restaurants, bars and other eateries that don’t comply with physical distancing, wearing masks and other required guidance. “Most food establishments in ...
Read More State to close restaurants, bars that ignore COVID-19 rules

Kindness. Persistence. And making a difference in ways big and small — from wearing a mask to standing up to injustice and helping those in need. Those basic values are part of the foundation of Hawai‘i. “Now in this pandemic, we need to rely on each other more than ever,” said First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige. ...
Read More Community concern, shared values make #HawaiiStrong

Thermal temperature screening technology is being installed at Hawai‘i’s public airports to help protect the community and identify passengers with potentially elevated body temperatures, the state Department of Transportation has announced. NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc. will provide the equipment, installation and a 10-year maintenance plan for a ...
Read More Passenger screening technology being installed at airports

Ticketed interisland travelers should visit the Hawai‘i  Department of Health travel website at https://health.hawaii.gov/travel/ to fill out the required, fillable   form and submit it online within 24 hours of their flight departure. This upgrade to the paper form saves passengers time and allows information to enter the database in real time. The form includes health ...
Read More Mandatory interisland travel and health form now online

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