COVID-19 UPDATE 33 

One million doses of vaccine have been administered in Hawai‘i, which translates into more than a third of Hawai‘i residents! This is an incredible milestone for our state and we are grateful for the hard work of those in the Hawai‘i Department of Health, all partnering organizations and collaborating community members! With it being national volunteer week, it is the perfect time to get involved in COVID-19 volunteer opportunities. Spread aloha through safe volunteer efforts to care for your community. Visit HIPHI’s website, to see how you can get involved!

FEDERAL UPDATES

Pause on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine 

Of the nearly seven million doses administered in the United States, there were six women who reported a rare and severe type of blood clot after receiving the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The recommended pause of the vaccine was to allow the CDC and FDA to further investigate if the vaccine is related to or caused this health issue. It also provides officials time to prepare physicians on how to treat those who might experience similar adverse reactions if more were reported. Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that there will likely be a decision by Friday on the continued use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you received this vaccine, your risk of developing a blood clot is extremely low; you may visit the CDC website that provides up to date information on the side effects to look out for.

Extension on Special Enrollment for Marketplace Health Coverage Until August 15 

Hawai‘i residents who need affordable health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid coverage, can visit HealthCare.gov to find out what options are available. Those interested must sign up before August 15 for special enrollment.

STATE UPDATES

All States Open Up Vaccination to 16+As of today, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available for all Hawai‘i residents who are 16 years and older on all islands! The Hawaiʻi Department of Health is asking for your patience as vaccine supplies are still limited, but are expected to increase over time. Visit Hawaii’s COVID-19 website to find your county’s registration information.

Extension on Eviction Moratorium and License Renewals

Governor Ige signed the 19th emergency proclamation into law, which extends the eviction moratorium until June 8, 2021. This prevents evictions from failure to pay all or a portion of the rent, maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes or other required fees for a rental unit. Residents have until June 8 to renew expired driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and state identification cards from March 2020.

COUNTY UPDATES

Kaua‘i County

In the beginning of May, Kaua‘i County expects to open applications for rental and utility assistance to those with incomes of not more than 80% of the area median income, and who can show a reduction of income due to the pandemic. Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union (KGEFCU) will be hosting a webinar to go over the program details and answer any questions. Join KGEFCU on Wednesday, April 21, at 5 p.m. by registering here!

Maui County

A Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) rental and mortgage assistance program offers rental or mortgage assistance to households that have not received assistance through any other federally funded program in the last year. Maui County residents who apply before December 31, 2021 and are economically impacted by the pandemic, can receive mortgage assistance of up to $1,500 per month and rental assistance of up to $1,000 per month over a three-month period. Apply online or receive a paper application by calling (808) 249-2970.

Maui County is continuing to work on a COVID-19 rapid test program for trans-Pacific travelers (both visitors and returning residents) upon arrival at Kahului Airport to determine if the current safeguards are effective in preventing the introduction of new cases. The County is currently getting bids from medical providers for the program and is yet to determine a date for implementation. More information will be posted on Maui County’s website.

Hawai‘i County

All vaccinated travelers can now bypass a post-travel COVID-19 test when arriving on the island if the traveler shows their vaccination card. This temporary program began on Thursday, April 15, and is expected to continue through Saturday, May 1.

City and County of Honolulu

The Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) has announced organized sports activities can occur for adults and keiki who comply with the state’s guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and teams must have a COVID Sports Permit. The COVID Sports Permits Information Center contains all the information you need to know about getting your team back on the field!

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Youth Resource: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 

Today, the CDC released a PSA educating youth on important topics related to COVID-19, and explaining what they can do to help slow the spread. This video may be viewed and shared on the CDC’s YouTube channel.

Reducing Screen Time for KIds 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published considerations for excessive screen use and gaming during the pandemic. There are resources available for parents, educators, health and social care providers and policy makers. Visit the World Health Organization’s website to learn more and download helpful infographics on healthy screen use!

Protect Keiki at School 

The Hawai‘i COVID-19 Provider Taskforce created an infographic that provides considerations for schools and educators to protect keiki at school. You can download the infographic and share it with stakeholders!

New PSA’s for Hawai‘i CARES 24/7 Hotline  

In collaboration with Hawai‘i CARES, the Hawai‘i Department of Health has posted three new PSA’s on the day-to-day struggles of life during the pandemic on their YouTube channel. The Hawai‘i CARES hotline is a connecting hub designed to link residents of all ages to the services they need. O‘ahu residents may call (808) 832-3100 and all state residents may call toll-free at (800) 753-6879. You may also text ALOHA to 741741 or email hicares@hawaii.edu.

Vaccine Resources 

Vaccinate Your Family has vaccine resources for the public, immunization partners and healthcare providers that are free to download and share! There are also educational resources as well as answers to commonly asked questions around vaccination.

Get a Free Laminated Copy of Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card

Office Depot and OfficeMax are offering a free laminated copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card. This offer is only valid in stores nationwide through July 15, 2021. Click here to learn more!

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK 

With the new recommendation of double masking, it is important to remember that disposable masks are made for one-time use only. Cloth masks should be washed after each use with warm water and soap. Want an easy way to wash your masks? Throw all dirty masks in a mesh bag and wash it with your weekly laundry load.

DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID-19 TO SHARE?

If you have any resources or updates we should include in our next email or on our website, feel free to contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org