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HACC 2020 showcases local tech talent

Posted on Nov 25, 2020 in Main

How do you help people connect to current COVID-19 information and services? What system is best to improve UH building security? How can the state’s information tech portfolio be more visible to the public? On Nov. 21, teams of student, amateur and professional coders tackled these and other challenges in the 2020 Hawai‘i Annual Code ...
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SNAP is food. SNAP is love. SNAP is ‘ohana.” That message is at the heart of a community outreach campaign with the state Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to build awareness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Their goal is to reach people who may need support but aren’t ...
Read More A DHS lifeline in the pandemic: Raising awareness of SNAP

If you’re looking for some sound advice to celebrate the holidays safely, take a moment to check out First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige’s latest Facebook posts. Her recent “Q&A Hawai‘i” guests included Department of Health interim director Dr. Libby Char offering her perspective about celebrating safely and Dr. Bill Sheehan, a psychiatrist at DOH’s Honolulu Family ...
Read More Making new traditions for a COVID-safe holiday

Tracking COVID-19 spread

Posted on Nov 25, 2020 in Main

To keep tabs on community spread, the state Department of Health (DOH) is releasing weekly COVID-19 cluster reports to highlight recent examples. One week’s report included clusters related to college students attending parties, co-workers who ate lunch together and a cluster at an O‘ahu school. Dr. Emily Roberson, the DOH epidemiologist overseeing investigation and contact ...
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Hearing from the experts

Posted on Nov 25, 2020 in Main

If you’re looking for some reassurance about Hawai‘i’s handling of the pandemic, take a moment to view a Nov.12 PBS INSIGHTS forum with Dr. Libby Char, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, COVID-19 survivor and pediatrician Dr. Leo Pascua and other special guests. They answered questions about current public health concerns and expressed confidence in plans for ...
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Early reports about a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine are giving people hope as Hawai‘i and other states are ramping up their planning. A plan to implement a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination program is being finalized by the state Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with more than 150 stakeholders representing more than 90 organizations. “Epidemiologists ...
Read More Hawai‘i prepares for promise of COVID-19 vaccines

More Hawai‘i residents will be enjoying the success of the Hawai‘i Restaurant Card (HRC), including unemployed PUA recipients and workers whose organizations purchased a new “Business Holiday Card” to give to their employees and others. Businesses can order online through Dec. 10 in denominations from $5 to $1,000, and the card can be used through ...
Read More Business Holiday Card: A gift that keeps on giving

The state has announced it is expanding its pre-travel testing agreements to Japan and Canada — Hawai‘i’s top two international markets — to allow visitors from those two countries to take part in the Safe Travels program. Like the one available to domestic travelers from the U.S. mainland, Japanese and Canadian visitors are able to ...
Read More Hawai‘i welcomes more visitors, announces new policy

Governor Ige has issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state.  The proclamation reads: “All individuals shall wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public settings.” The few exceptions listed in Exhibit J of the proclamation ...
Read More Statewide mask mandate clarified in 15th proclamation

It’s true this holiday season in Hawai‘i will be like no other. The pandemic continues to impact our health, our jobs and our way of life, with challenging times still ahead. But there are glimmers of hope: Most people here are still masking up, a vaccine is on the horizon and our COVID-19 case numbers ...
Read More ’Tis the season to mask up, stay vigilant and hopeful

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