COVID-19 UPDATE 36  

Yesterday, we took time to honor those who have served our country and recognize those who have sacrificed their lives. We’d also like to thank our active military and the many sacrifices they and their families make for all of us. The U.S. military has played an important role in saving lives and slowing the spread of infection during the pandemic! United States military personnel have made the vaccine roll-out possible with their help in logistics; in Hawaiʻi the National Guard has performed the role of front-line responders assisting various state agencies, performing COVID-19 screenings at airports, and working as data analysts and contact tracers at the state Department of Health. On May 27, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health announced a big milestone, that more than half of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19!

MONTHLY PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR

Rescheduled from June 2, 2021, please join us on June 9, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. as we raise awareness of health inequities for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. All of our COVID-19 public health action webinars are virtual and free. Our speakers will be announced on our social media so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Register for the webinar by clicking here.

FEDERAL UPDATE

Uber and Lyft Giving Free Rides to Vaccination Sites 

Uber and Lyft are giving free or discounted rides to vaccination appointments during standard pharmacy operating hours (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) until July 4, 2021. Uber is offering free rides to both first dose and second dose appointments. A total of four free rides (up to $25 off each) are available on the Uber app, which you can download for free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. For more information on how to book a ride with Uber, click here. Lyft is funding free rides (up to $15) each way, to and from vaccination appointments. Free and discounted rides can be used for Lyft rideshare, bike or scooter rides. You may book a ride online and can download the Lyft app for free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

STATE UPDATES

Beginning June 4, Free Grab-and-Go Summer Meals 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of funds to support free nutritious meals for children this summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide free meals to Hawaii’s keiki when schools are out of session. Visit the Hawai‘i State Department of Education’s website to view participating schools!

 

Amendments to the Mask Mandate  

Governor David Ige has made amendments to the mask mandate in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i is no longer requiring people to wear a face mask while outdoors. This decision was based on CDC guidance; data shows the risk of transmitting the virus outdoors is low-risk in comparison to being indoors. Wearing a mask outdoors is a personal choice, but wearing a face covering in an indoor public space is still required by law. We encourage you to consider the following:

  • Masks are recommended when outdoors in large group settings
  • Continue choosing outdoor over indoor gatherings
  • Practice cleanliness by washing your hands before eating and by avoiding touching your eyes nose and mouth
  • Please stay home if you are sick or do not feel well

COUNTY UPDATES

Kaua‘i County

Kaua‘i County is currently in tier four, but with Governor Ige’s approval two more tiers were added to Kauai’s reopening strategy, which will further loosen restrictions when 60 percent (Tier Five) of the population is fully vaccinated. The county will be able to move to Tier Six when 70 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. You can review the updated Tier system and the Kauaʻi Business & Recreational Guidelines for COVID-19 updated on May 25, 2021. Those interested in getting vaccinated, can view the upcoming pop-up clinics here.

Maui County

Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now accepting applications through Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. The program is for low-income households that have been financially impacted by the pandemic with priority to households with an income less than 50% of the area median income, or those who have been unemployed for the past 90 days and are still unemployed at the time of applying. Please visit the program’s FAQs before completing the pre-screening application. After submitting a pre-screening application, you will be contacted by Catholic Charities on next steps. For questions or help applying, please contact Catholic Charities helpline for Maui County, by calling (808) 873-4673.

City and County of Honolulu

Beginning today, more park activities will be allowed in the City and County of Honolulu including tournaments, paddling and sailing races, surf competitions and similar multi-team/individual sports! In addition to tournaments resuming, spectators are allowed. Spectators interested in sitting under a canopy should note that the Daily Park Canopy Permitting system is suspended and canopies at parks will be based on a first-come-first-served basis. You can view all changes to COVID-19 restrictions on the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation’s webpage.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

HIPHI COVID-19 Survey 

We are seeking your feedback to improve our COVID-19 content. Your participation in our COVID-19 survey will directly impact the topics we cover in our bi-weekly COVID-19 updates, and our COVID-19 PHA webinars. If you have any questions, please contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org.

Text Your ZIP Code to GETVAX

Looking to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated? Simply text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) and you will conveniently be sent vaccination sites near you with specific information like the provider’s phone number, address, type of vaccine provided and if walk-ins are accepted. You can also visit Vaccines.gov to view COVID-19 vaccines available in pharmacies near you.  

COVID-19 Community Corps 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched the COVID-19 Community Corps. As a member, you’ll receive: fact sheets on vaccine safety, tips on how to talk with friends and family about the importance of vaccination, social media content to share with your followers and regular email updates with the latest vaccine news and resources to share. Join the COVID-19 Community Corps!

NIHCM’s Infographic on Children’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has released an infographic on Solutions & Challenges for Children’s Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This infographic highlights the impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health as well as challenges, like access to mental health care and the opportunities to improve the mental health system and support children’s mental health going forward.

Resources for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) hosted a Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar to provide information and resources to help organizations, medical providers and citizens address vaccine hesitancy in their communities. Supporting materials include the slide deck, supplemental handout, and fact sheet.

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK 

 

Mayo Clinic has released COVID-19 safety tips for visiting restaurants, salons, grocery stores, gyms and other common places. As many venues open for in person services, here are some safety tips to protect yourself and your family during the pandemic.

 

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