Lauren Loor is the Statewide Program Manager for Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Initiative.…
WHAT IS HIPHI WORKING ON?
With so much being released on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we know that keeping up can be challenging. We at the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI) have been coordinating statewide efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities. We aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information and hope these weekly updates will be a useful resource. We are also working on a webpage at https://www.hiphi.org/covid19/.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND HELP PREVENT SPREADING THE VIRUS
Preventative measures are essential to protect you and your community from COVID-19 (i.e. good hygiene, sanitizing or disinfecting your home or shared spaces, social distancing, monitoring symptoms, home quarantine). Refer to this graphic for some key measures:
Announcing a New Public Health Action Webinar Series! Join us for this week’s Public Health Action Webinar: “Sheltering In Place and Social Distancing Practices” a conversation with Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, MD.
Note: This event occurred on March 25, 2020 and has passed. You can review the recorded webinar here.
Stay tuned for information on the next webinar to be held next Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Speakers and content are being solidified but registrations are being accepted.
URGING STRONGER GOVERNMENT ACTION
For the last two weeks, HIPHI has been working with a group of concerned physicians, healthcare providers, citizens, advocacy groups, and public health professionals urging Governor Ige to take a more proactive approach in protecting the health of Hawaiʻi residents and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Read the March 18 letter here (signed by 100+ doctors and public health professionals).
- Read the March 23 letter here (signed by 200+ doctors, nurses, public health professionals, and community organizations).
On Monday March 23, Governor Ige took the action that many healthcare professionals and public health advocates have been pushing for with a shelter in place order, but there’s still gaps in public health and healthcare that we are working to address. To read up on the orders given Monday, please see below in Recent Developments – State Restrictions.
HIPHI, along with the Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network are coordinating the Public Health Action network linking community members, healthcare workers and organizations with state and county leadership for solutions to mitigate COVID-19 over the coming weeks. If you would like to participate and join our Slack channel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Trump first signed an emergency funding bill on March 6, allocating roughly $8 billion for coronavirus prevention, preparation, and response efforts. The second package, titled, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, includes provisions for paid sick leave, free testing for those with private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, nutrition assistance, and unemployment insurance benefits. A third package is being deliberated this week by the U.S. Senate, which advocates hope will include broader protections for those disproportionately impacted by the virus.
On Monday, March 23, Governor Ige issued a third supplementary emergency proclamation requiring Hawaiʻi residents to stay at home, effective 4:30PM on March 23, 2020.
This builds on Governor Ige’s supplementary emergency proclamation ordered on Saturday, March 21 that requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all returning Hawaiʻi residents and tourists, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26:
- If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your place of residence.
- If you are a visitor, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.
- You can only leave your designated quarantine location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
All Hawaii’s Emergency Proclamations can be found here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/emergency-proclamations/.
- Stay at Home, Work from Home Order, Effective Monday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. through April 30, 2020. List of essential services and businesses here.
- Stay at Home, Work from Home Amendment to the Public Health Emergency Rules. Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 12:01 a.m. through April 30, 2020.
- Curfew for all individuals within the County to remain in their residence between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m with limited exceptions. Effective Friday, March 20 through May 3, 2020.
- Mayor Kawakami will announce details of the Kauai Stay at Home Program today
- All County beach and shoreline parks, public shoreline access easements, public open space shoreline and coastal lands, undeveloped county shoreline and coastal lands are closed. Effective Saturday, March 21 until further notice.
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Join our first webinar this Wednesday to help navigate and understand new adjustments to our lives. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green will be outlining terms like Social Distancing, Shelter in Place, and what they really mean for us (details above). Public Health Action Webinar Flyer and webinar registration.
SURVIVAL TIPS AT HOME
The transition to working from home is not always an easy one and finding work-life balance can be tough. Here are some tools and resources to help with the transition:
- For parents: “Virtual culture: Working remotely with children” https://www.momsrising.org/blog/virtual-culture-working-remotely-with-children.
- Hawaiʻi Alliance for Nonprofit Organizations (HANO): https://hano-hawaii.org/covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3tEcrg87aSbPG3_YKJ_zvAfG9uigaq4aSmcTRM-lAJQty-R-3eu2KNaVA#human-resources-and-telework.
- Nonprofit Resources List: #NPCOVID19: http://bit.ly/NP-COVID-19.
- A Thriving Lāhui: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1u1QkZ0ZMUTFc6tfyzyJTZYoUixCC8H9p5rcQsKCmdHk/mobilebasic.
- Tips on virtual meetings: https://www.spitfirestrategies.com/a-good-time-to-get-good-at-virtual-meetings/.
- Digital facilitation: https://digitalfacilitation.net/?p=627.
COORDINATING RESOURCES AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Many organizations are urgently working to coordinate resources for those in need, and you may be looking for ways to help through volunteering. We have compiled a short list below, and invite you to list other opportunities here.
- Department of Education: List of Grab-and-Go Meal School Sites, beginning on Monday, March 23.
- Department of Health: Official website https://hawaiicovid19.com/ and sign-up for daily email update.
- Kūpuna Needs Project: Volunteer at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/3236855/false#/invitation.
- Meals on Wheels: Volunteer at https://kanuhawaii.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=508565&fbclid=IwAR0BrTEeIJZPk2E-KmjCMYDTr8-ViPFjv-CI13BlCrGUSQ3549OmDibhYSw.
- Aloha Harvest: Volunteer at https://mailchi.mp/alohaharvest/covid-19-update?fbclid=IwAR168fjc0B6LofE9j8B7c9GeuZWMBsl9CTfloVxx9PWTuXGimGCHNhPsHhg.
- Hawaiʻi Food Bank: Volunteer at http://foodbank.publishpath.com/volunteer.
- Project Hawaiʻi, Inc.: Vounteer at https://www.helpthehomelesskeiki.org/easter-volunteer?fbclid=IwAR0GpJymmN7jV7snM6uO000poihyx06TvesBhxpOZPBOygvPqX8-qmvQn1Y.
- Hands on Maui Community Volunteer Center: Volunteer at https://handsonmaui.galaxydigital.com/need/.
- Malama Kaua‘i: Call 482-2224 Ext. 334 to volunteer.
Other organizations are working to compile food resources. Hawai’i Appleseed is gathering information from community (non-DOE) emergency feeding sites (Feeding Sites Survey). If you operate more than 5 sites with varying hours and protocols, please contact us at email@example.com. If you are a farmer, distributor, chef, or restaurant looking to help coordinate, visit chefhui.com.
We know the next ~6 weeks will be hard, but the sooner we ALL unite and work together to flatten the curve, the sooner we can get our island and economy back on track. Mahalo for everything you are doing.
In Good Health,