Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest Department News, Newsroom

Department of Health:


One Additional Death on O‘ahu and 130 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Statewide

DOH is reporting one (1) additional COVID-19 death today. The latest case involves a female between the ages of 60-69 years old, who had underlying conditions and was hospitalized at the time of her death.

130 additional coronavirus cases were reported today. This report includes cases up until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control website at noon each day. hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. Dec. 16, 2020

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since


(including new cases)

O‘ahu 105 16,760
Hawai‘i 7 1,769
Maui 11 746
Kaua‘i 1 136
Moloka‘i 0 22
Lānaʻi 0 106
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 6 320
Total Cases 130 19,859++
Deaths    1 281

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2020 – Hawai‘i-3, Maui-4, O‘ahu-46, Kaua’i‘-0 

++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from Hawai‘i and one case from O‘ahu were removed from the counts.

Department of Public Safety:

Inmate and Staff Testing Continues

The Halawa Correctional Facility reported its second round of surge testing results. Of the 204 inmates tested, 93 were positive and 111 were negative. Surge testing, with the assistance of DOH and the Hawai‘i National Guard, will continue until there are no new positive cases. Saguaro Correctional Center reports five (5) pending tests were negative. There are only four (4) active positive Saguaro inmates, including three (3) in the hospital. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) reported 21 negative inmate test results. There are only three (3) OCCC inmates with active positive cases. Results of repeat testing were negative for 30 employees at the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center. 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:

11,069 Passengers Arrive on Thursday

Yesterday, a total of 11,069 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total of 5,203 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,360 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

Joint Information Center:

Holiday Celebrations During COVID-19

Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner. It’s usually a time to spend the holiday season with friends and family, but with COVID-19, how we celebrate may look a bit different this year. Here are some tips outlined by the governor’s office to celebrate safely:

  • Limit gatherings to only those in your household.
  • If you do gather with those outside your household, limit the size to five total. Do it outdoors, sit six feet apart, wear masks as much as possible, eat individually packaged meals and shorten visit times.
  • Send gifts in the mail to surprisefriends and family.
  • For those on Oʻahu, visita safe drive-through light show like Show Aloha Land or Honolulu Hale’s drive-by viewing displays.
  • Support local businesses bydoing your holiday shopping online.

Helpful Resources

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/

FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/ 

Email: [email protected]

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):


Safe Travels Digital Platform:


Trans-Pacific Passenger Arrivals Statistics:


Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting 

Rest, Test, Enjoy! Voluntary visitor post-travel test: https://www.kauai.gov/visitorposttest 

Resident post-travel test: https://www.kauai.gov/residentposttest

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
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
Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.
To report violators: 808-723-3900 or [email protected]

Media Contact:

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center

(808) 636-8194 

[email protected]