Entries by Jaylen Murakami

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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 […]

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Clarification on Governor’s 7th Emergency Proclamation: What’s Open for Business?

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige announced his “Safer at Home” order, which included the first phase of reopening our economy by allowing low-risk businesses to resume work. However, with variations between the counties and different messages provided at press conferences, there has been a lot of confusion about what businesses are allowed to be open and when. […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/4

In these uncertain times, one of the few bright spots are the many acts of kindness and generosity that have risen out of the crisis. Tomorrow, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Hawaii’s generosity was on full display last Friday, as KHON2 and the Kūpuna […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/27

Hawai‘i continues to show positive signs, with the number of new COVID-19 continuing to slow and our healthcare system is operating within its capacity. Over the weekend, Governor Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31, with the possibility that some restrictions may be lifted as appropriate. As the state works towards reopening, officials must carefully […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/20

Hawai‘i is now in its fourth week of the statewide stay at home order and currently has 584 cases of COVID-19, with 423 recovered and 10 deaths. Thanks to your efforts to reduce the spread, Hawai‘i has among the lowest documented rates of COVID-19 infection in the nation, although there are still questions about generally […]