PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Last week, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the U.S. While this news is a hopeful step forward in our fight against COVID-19, it will be months before enough vaccines are available for our community to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity, also referred to as community immunity, is when a sufficient amount of a population is immune to an infectious disease limiting the spread.
In the meantime, the swiss cheese analogy shows us that there is not one solution to ending the pandemic. This is why wearing a mask alone won’t stop COVID-19. We still need to practice social distancing, staying home if you are sick, washing your hands, avoiding crowds and touching your face. More testing alone will not stop the spread of COVID-19. We also need contact tracing, resources so people are able to quarantine or isolate as needed, and effective government messaging so the public is aware of safe practices and laws.
HAWAI‘I RESTAURANT CARD EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 15
The Hawai‘i Restaurant Card Program was a $75 million economic stimulus initiative to give $500 gift cards to qualified unemployed workers supported by the Federal CARES Act. Recipients of the restaurant card need to use the funds by tomorrow, December 15, 11:59 PM. On December 16, any remaining funds on the card will be returned to the State of Hawai‘i. If you have questions about your Hawai‘i restaurant card, call Customer Service toll-free at 1 (800) 352-5202.
BUY HAWAI‘I, GIVE ALOHA
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to shop and support local companies to sustain our local economy and help small businesses. The Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, created a free online resource that promotes Hawai‘i businesses and Hawai‘i-made products. Buy Hawai‘i, Give Aloha provides you with local retailers, restaurants, farmers and manufacturers all in one place. If you haven’t done your holiday shopping and want to support local businesses, look no further.
OʻAHU RESIDENTS: SAFE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
This year’s holiday season will be a bit different with COVID-19, but there are several activities for the family to celebrate safely.
The Honolulu City Lights are up and can be seen from the safety of your car. In addition, they are having a television special to commemorate and celebrate this local holiday tradition. Join us by celebrating in creative ways to protect the health and safety of our loved ones.
Show Aloha Land – A Holiday Wonderland allows participants to drive through a dazzling display of one million LED lights choreographed to holiday music at the Aloha Stadium. Purchase tickets here – all proceeds will benefit the S.A.C. Foundation (Show Aloha Challenge).
FREE TELECARE FOR NEIGHBOR ISLAND RESIDENTS THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Hawai’i State Rural Health Association is supporting FREE telecare for the rest of 2020 to all neighbor island residents (Hawai’i, Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaua’i, Ni’ihau)! Click here for mental health appointments and here for all other health appointments.
WORLD SURF LEAGUE
The World Surf League (WSL) has decided to suspend the Billabong Pipe Masters on North Shore, O‘ahu due to COVID-19 concerns. Some WSL staff, including CEO Erik Logan, tested positive for COVID-19. There is no set date for when the contest will continue.
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NOTE: We will be taking a short intermission, and will resume with our COVID-19 Update 26 on January 11, 2021! Stay connected and follow us on Instagram and Facebook, to keep informed with the latest updates on COVID-19 and HIPHI news.