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City extends emergency order mandating face masks, safety protocols

The city’s emergency order aimed at limiting the size of gatherings, requiring that businesses follow safety protocols, mandating that people wear masks, and keeping some “high risk” businesses closed has been extended through July 31. The order aligns with the governor’s ninth supplemental proclamation issued amid the pandemic. “Keeping everyone on O’ahu safe is our […]

State to get $90M for coronavirus screening, testing help at airports

The state legislature has appropriated $90 million dollars for infrastructure improvements at Hawaii’s airports to help screen arriving passengers for coronavirus, a legislative spokesperson said Friday. The money, according to the legislature, will be spent on items like thermal screening systems, which can detect passengers who may have a fever ― a common symptom of […]

Donations for kupuna toiletry drive needed during pandemic

The Kupuna Kokua toiletry donation drive continues through the end of June. Items being accepted to help older residents with the basic necessities during the pandemic are unopened toiletries including toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, Q-tips, cleaning supplies, first aid kits and anti-bacterial ointments, hand sanitizer, hand soap, bath soap, hair care products, lotion, dental supplies, laundry […]

Hand hygiene and disinfectants

Information as of June 18, 2020.  With the COVID-19 pandemic having impacted over 8.4 million people worldwide and resulted in nearly 450,000 deaths to date (Johns Hopkins University CSSE), discussions about proper hygiene and infection control methods are crucial in informing prevention for the general public and reducing transmission of the virus. A study published […]

Hawaii extends 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers

Hawaii Gov. David Ige extended the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers on Wednesday in a bid to keep coronavirus cases in the islands low. Ige said the rule is being extended to the end of July as the state works to solidify a screening process that could soon allow travelers to return […]