Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center Daily News Digest, June 22, 2020Posted on Jun 22, 2020 in Latest News
Department of Health
Four Additional COVID-19 Cases on O‘ahu
After reporting 14 new cases on Saturday and 11 additional cases on Sunday, DOH is reporting four (4) new positive cases of coronavirus today, all of which are adults on O‘ahu. There is one (1) new case at the Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which now has 15 confirmed cases: six (6) healthcare workers and nine (9) residents. As of yesterday, more than 500 residents and staff have tested negative, facility wide. DOH continues to investigate cases in care homes, including two additional ones in Kaneohe. In total, DOH says there are a total of eight (8) cases associated with community care homes in three separate locations on O‘ahu. Investigations and weekly testing are ongoing at these sites. Changes in the total cumulative case number include the removal of two earlier cases on Oʻahu due to a duplicated lab report and retesting of a previous case who was positive for influenza.
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 22, 2020
|Island of Diagnosis||New Cases||Reported since
(including new cases)
|Total Released from Isolation*|
|Residents Diagnosed outside HI||0||12|
|Total released from isolation||669|
* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.
Laboratory* Testing Data
There were 629 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.
|Total Number of Individuals Tested
by Clinical and State Laboratories
*Electronic Laboratory Reporting **14 test results were inconclusive
For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division:https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:
1,497 Passengers Arrive on Sunday
Yesterday, a total of 1,497 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 361 visitors and 509 returning residents. There was a total of 17 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday but does not show interisland travel.
AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2020
|Relocate to Hawai‘i||5||3||55||63|
Department of the Attorney General:
Quarantine Violator Jailed in Honolulu
Last Friday, the general manager of a Waikīkī area hotel reported a guest violating the mandatory 14-day traveler quarantine. Special Agents from the AG’s Investigations Division subsequently arrested 38-year-old Sean Michael Simon of Bangor, Maine. They report he arrived in Hawai‘i on June 10 and hotel video footage captured him leaving the hotel on two separate days. He admitted going to the beach and to shops multiple times, every day. His bail was set at $2,000 and he spent the weekend in jail before his arraignment this morning. Simon pleaded out and was immediately taken to the airport with a one-way ticket back to Maine, paid for by the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i.
Hawai‘i House of Representatives:
Representatives Call for Robust COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Homes
Rep. John Mizuno, Chair of the House Health Committee, and Rep. Rida Cabanilla, a registered nurse, are asking all nursing homes to comply with recent CDC guidelines, and have COVID-19 testing available for all their residents. Rep. Mizuno said, “It is no secret that our nursing home population, with older adults and many with underlying chronic medical conditions, are at highest risk of being infected by respiratory pathogens like COVID-19. With the recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases at nursing homes in Hawaiʻi, it is essential that we have nursing homes and community care homes align with CDC guidelines for testing their staff and patients for COVID-19. The testing will offer a much-needed layer of protection for our elderly and disabled.” Rep. Cabanilla said, “We are in the middle of a pandemic, we must learn from the mistakes and devastation of the elderly population in nursing homes everywhere from Seattle to Brazil. As lawmakers we need to implement these CDC guidelines to assure adequate protection of our kupuna and save lives.”
Lead Public Information Officer
Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center
Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources