HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Jan. 27, 2021Posted on Jan 27, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom
Hawaiʻi Expands Pre-Travel Testing Program to South Korea
Gov. David Ige announced today that starting Friday, Feb. 5, travelers from South Korea may bypass mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative result from a trusted testing partner in South Korea. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure.
In addition to the state’s program, effective January 26, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.
“The pre-travel testing program is just one layer of the state’s comprehensive Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, which has served us well in protecting our residents and visitors. We are excited to safely welcome back travelers from South Korea,” said Gov. Ige.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu welcomed the launch of this program, saying that it will contribute to expanding people to people exchanges between South Korea and Hawaiʻi while taking necessary safety measures.
The following four trusted testing partners in Korea have been approved as of today:
- Yonsei University Health System, Severance Hospital,https://sev.severance.healthcare/sev
- Kangbuk Samsung Hospital,kbsmc.co.kr
- Inha University Hospital,inha.com
- Asan Medical Center,wamc.seoul.kr
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Department of Health:
Vaccine Data Now on State Health Website
The DOH Disease Outbreak and Control Division (DOCD) has begun publishing daily and weekly vaccination numbers on the website listed above. Weekly numbers are updated each Wednesday. The COVID-19 Daily News Digest will include the weekly update each Wednesday.
103 New COVID-19 Cases & Three Additional Deaths Reported
DOH reports 103 new cases of coronavirus today. Three (3) deaths are also being reported today.
1 Male, 50-59 yrs, underlying conditions, hospitalized
1 Male, 90-99 yrs, underlying conditions, hospitalized
1 Male, 60-69 yrs, underlying conditions, hospitalized
This report includes cases up until Monday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website at noon each day at hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 25, 2021
|Island of Diagnosis||New Cases||Reported since
(including new cases)
|HI residents diagnosed outside of HI||9||698|
Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 1/26/21 – Hawai‘i-2, Maui-15, O‘ahu-65, Kaua’i‘-0
Hawai‘i State Legislature:
Health Department Informs Legislature of Planned Vaccinations
Members of the Hawai‘i State Legislature are set to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations tomorrow. Under the State’s vaccination plan, all legislative employees working in the Hawai‘i State Capitol fall under Phase 1b (individuals essential to government operations). The vaccinations will be issued through a DOH approved “point of distribution” (POD) at the Capitol. There are approximately 500 legislative employees. To view more:
Hawai‘i State Judiciary:
Chief Justice Delivers State of the Judiciary Address
In a joint session of the State Legislature today, Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald highlighted the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on courts and the judicial system. This is a portion of his address:
“To Governor Ige and Lt. Governor Green, thank you for your abiding support and that of your team. Time and again during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have relied on the expertise and assistance of the Executive Branch to protect everyone in our courthouses, and we deeply appreciate it.
“On behalf of the Judiciary, our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones or suffered other hardships due to the pandemic. Thank you to all of the healthcare workers and frontline responders who have worked tirelessly to keep us all safe.
“The pandemic has forced us all to face challenges that we never could have expected a year ago. While the pandemic seemed to bring our society to a halt, the conflicts that our courts resolve didn’t go on lockdown. Indeed, some – such as domestic violence and sexual exploitation – have likely intensified.
“So we’ve had to craft new ways to provide justice safely. Courts are traditionally places where many people, sometimes hundreds, come together in person. Obviously, that couldn’t continue, so we turned to technology to hold court hearings remotely. As a result, we have reinvented the way justice is administered. This transformation has made us more accessible to the public and will undoubtedly shape the way we do business in the future.
“At the same time, we could not let the pandemic derail the vital work of improving our justice system and building public trust and confidence in the courts.”
You can watch the entire address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uDzWX6W0ac
Department of Public Safety:
Inmate and Staff Testing Continues
The Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) reported three (3) staff members have recovered and a total of nine (9) active cases remain. HCF has a total of three (3) active inmate cases and two (2) inmates hospitalized. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) reported 27 negative inmate results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:
Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:
4,976 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday
Yesterday, a total of 4,976 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 2,194 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 825 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:
Trans-Pacific Passenger Arrivals Statistics:
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
Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.
To report violators: 808-723-3900 or HPDcov[email protected]
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center