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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 9/21

In just the last two weeks, there have been many changes to Hawaii’s pandemic response. Governor David Ige introduced a new leadership team for the state’s COVID-19 efforts, a date for the pre-travel testing program was announced, guidance for public schools reopenings were released, and surge testing wrapped up. Hawai‘i appears to have passed the outbreak’s peak in August, though there are […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 9/6

During a pandemic, with so many unknowns, one thing that can ground decision-making is data. For months, the community, media, and lawmakers have called for more data ranging from demographic information to testing turnaround time to where clusters were occurring. We know that with a complex issue such as COVID-19, a single metric doesn’t show […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 8/24

A Message from the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute: Keep Public Outdoor Spaces Open Cases of COVID–19 continue to rise in Hawai‘i, and while it is imperative to implement restrictions to stop the spread, restrictions should be evidence-based. We understand the desire to create “bright lines” that are easy for the public to understand, but there are other […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 8/10

Five months into the pandemic, many are fatigued by the restrictions and sacrifices made to slow the spread of COVID–19. Although it has been repeated for months – wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, stay home when sick – some have become lax in their adherence to these key practices and now Hawai‘i […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 7/27

Last week, Hawai‘i had a record high COVID-19 case counts three days in a row. In July, there have been over 800 new cases, nearly doubling the number of cases in Hawai‘i in a single month. Hawai‘i is fortunate that our healthcare system has been able to manage the new cases, but it is concerning […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 7/13

In the last two weeks, Hawai‘i has seen a surge in new cases. Although Hawai‘i is fortunate that its current caseload is manageable, the recent spike in cases has caused Governor David Ige to reconsider opening the state to tourism on August 1. The pre-travel COVID-19 testing program, which would allow out-of-state travelers to avoid the […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/29

Hawai‘i took an important step forward in reopening its economy when Governor David Ige announced the plan to end the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers on August 1, 2020 if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival. In addition to pre-arrival testing, the state also plans to implement thermal screening at […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/15

After weeks of very low cases, we have seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases over the last few days . Some of this is to be expected as the state slowly reopens, but is also an important reminder that the virus is still present and we cannot become complacent. The CDC recently updated their guidelines to help individuals determine if […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/1

Last week, the world witnessed the heartbreaking and horrific death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protests occurring across the nation are in response to the long history of oppression, social injustice, and inequity experienced by the Black community. We at the Hawai‘i Public […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/18

This afternoon, Governor David Ige announced his 8th emergency proclamation, “Act with Care.” Along with the proclamation, the Governor released the state’s plan to reopen, which will guide both county and state decisions. Based on this plan, Hawai‘i is moving into the second phase, which reopens the “Kama‘āina Economy.” This means that if the number of cases […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/11

Hawai‘i has begun to take the first steps of reopening our economy – the Governor had given some low-risk businesses the green light to open as early as last week. Today, the State Legislature went back to work to tackle the budget deficit, capital improvement projects, CARES funding, and confirmation hearings for state boards, agencies […]