HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST April 5, 2021Posted on Apr 5, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom
Governor Ige Provides Update on Vaccines and Travel
During an afternoon media availability Gov. Ige said Hawai‘i’s vaccine roll-out ranks in the top 10 and usually between 4-8 in efficiency in administration of vaccines. He believes the focus on having a broad range of providers is responsible for the successful program due to having so many points of access. This, the governor said, allows providers to scale up quickly as the federal government provides more vaccine. He said in consultation with Health Director Dr. Libby Char, May 1 continues to be the target date for having vaccine available for everyone 16-years-old and older.
Gov. Ige says two national developers of digital health applications, Clear and CommonPass, are currently piloting so-called vaccine passports which could allow fully vaccinated individuals to travel without testing and restrictions. “They’re both piloting validation of PCR testing and they are seeing good results. Both have committed to including vaccination data into their platforms when available. It’s going to take some time but these companies are at the forefront of verifying vaccination status.” When asked how long until a passport will be available, Gov. Ige said, “Case counts on O‘ahu and Maui continue to present challenges and we want to see lower case counts before we fully reopen, including inter-island travel.”
Gov. Ige spoke at length about the need to balance economic momentum while continuing to monitor and respond to lingering virus clusters on O‘ahu and Maui. “Until we reach herd immunity, we need to maintain our vigilance and patience by continuing to wear masks, socially distance, and wash our hands.”
Last week, a record 80,000 Hawai‘i residents received at least one shot in a one-week period. Doug Murdoch, the State’s Chief Technology Officer with Enterprise Technology Services said he believes at this pace, herd immunity is possible by early this summer.
Department of Health:
Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates
95 New COVID-19 Cases Reported.
DOH reports 95 new cases of coronavirus today.
This report includes cases up until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. April 3, 2021
|Island of Diagnosis||New Cases||Reported since
(including new cases)
|HI residents diagnosed outside of HI||5||969|
Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 4/1/21 – Hawai‘i-2, Maui 19, O‘ahu-21, Kauaʻi-0
++ As a result of updated information, two cases on Oʻahu were removed from the counts.
Department of Public Safety:
Statewide Inmate Testing Continues
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) reports three (3) negative inmate test results. The total active inmate cases remain unchanged at five (5). There are no MCCC inmates in the hospital. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center reports 33 negative inmate test results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.
Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:
21,504 Passengers Arrive on Sunday
Yesterday, a total of 21,504 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total of 16,140 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,545 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:
The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners, or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:
Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/
Email: [email protected]
Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII
COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:
Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332
COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):
Safe Travels Digital Platform:
Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c
To report violators: 808-935-3311
City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org
COVID-19 Vaccine Information: http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center:
All media inquiries should be directed to the appropriate State department