COVID-19 UPDATE 37

Fifty-five percent of Hawaii’s population has been fully vaccinated and this continues to be reflected in low case numbers statewide! When the state achieves a 60 percent vaccination rate, Governor Ige will loosen restrictions as an incentive to encourage vaccination so we can resume the lives we remember and protect our loved ones. The Hawai‘i Department of Health is collaborating with businesses and organizations across the state to launch #HIGotVaccinated month. Hawai‘i residents ages 18 and over that received at least one COVID-19 vaccination can complete an entry form online to win amazing prizes such as 100,000 Hawaiian Miles or a fully paid trip for two to Vegas! All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021, so hurry and schedule your vaccination appointment today! In addition to the fantastic prizes, you can also find great deals for your favorite local shops as a thank you for getting vaccinated to protect yourself and your community.

MISSED OUR LAST COVID-19 WEBINAR?

The diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community has been the fastest growing ethnic group in the United State over the past two decades, making up 6 percent of the national population. There has been increased racism and discrimination towards the AANHPI community during the pandemic. Our speakers Dr. Amy Agbayani and Dr. Doris Ching highlighted the experiences of this community both in the context of Hawaiʻi (where AANHPI make up two thirds of the population) and the continental U.S. Watch last week’s webinar to learn how to take action to challenge discrimination in the state and empower the AANHPI community at the national level.

STATE UPDATES

Extension of the Eviction Moratorium and Driver’s License Renewal 

Governor Ige signed the 21st emergency proclamation related to COVID-19. This extends the eviction moratorium and the driver’s licensing provisions until August 6, 2021. This may be the last extension of the eviction moratorium and driver’s license expiration extension, so please be advised that these provisions may come to an end and plan accordingly.

Delta Variant Found in Hawai‘i

SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes COVID-19 and over time through transmission, a virus changes and these changes affect properties such as how easily the virus spreads, severity of illness, and affect forms of treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) has renamed variants with the first four letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta) to track the most concerning strain of COVID-19. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) has found the Delta variant among an O‘ahu resident who had been traveling. Early evidence suggests the Delta variant spreads more quickly than other strains of COVID-19. Please join us in keeping Hawai‘i healthy by practicing healthy hygiene such as washing your hands before every meal, wearing a mask in indoor settings with members outside of your family, and getting vaccinated!

No Restrictions for Interisland Travel Starting June 15 

Today is the last day of the inter-county Safe Travels program, meaning there will be no inter-county testing or quarantine requirements for those traveling between islands. The changes can be observed in the 21st emergency proclamation related to COVID-19 and you can find the latest travel information on Hawaiicovid19.com/travel.

Vaccinated in Hawai‘i? No Pre-Travel Testing/Quarantine for Mainland Travel

Fully vaccinated individuals that received their vaccine in Hawai‘i may enter the state without pre-travel testing/quarantine. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated on the 15th day after their final dose. The vaccination record document must be uploaded onto Safe Travels and printed out prior to departure and the traveler must have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaiʻi. Learn more hereunder the “Vaccine Exemption Program”.

Statewide Vaccination Goals to Loosen Restrictions

Governor Ige announced changes we can expect statewide in the areas of travel, social gatherings, and restaurants when more of the population is vaccinated. When the state achieves a 60 percent vaccination rate:

  • Social gatherings: 25 allowed indoors and 75 allowed outdoors
  • Restaurants: Up to 75 percent capacity (with maximum groups size of 25 indoors and 75 outdoors)
  • State will accept proof of vaccination for domestic travel

When the state achieves a 70 percent vaccination rate, all restrictions terminate.

COUNTY UPDATES

Kaua‘i County

Upcoming vaccination pop-up clinics on Saturday, June 19:

Please visit Kauai.gov to keep up to date with all upcoming pop-up clinics.

 

Maui County

Maui County announced new short-term bus rates and the resumption of bus routes and regular time schedules that were shutdown due to the pandemic. Getting on Board Maui Bus is an ongoing project looking to improve the bus system to best benefit the community. As of July 1, 2021, you can expect the following changes: one reduced fare category for monthly pass on fixed route, free fares for children 5 and under, and replacement of paratransit passes with a discounted 12-ride ticket book. To learn more, click here.

 

City and County of Honolulu

Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced the City and County of Honolulu has moved to Tier 4! Some changes include:

  • Social gatherings outdoors allowed with up to 25 people
  • Social gatherings indoors allowed with up to 10 people
  • Indoor organized sports are allowed; spectators are allowed at up to 33 percent capacity (subject to Dept. of Parks and Recreation permitting and availability of the facility)
  • Commercial recreational boating allowed without capacity limit (restaurant/bar rules apply if food/beverage consumption is allowed)
  • Social establishments such as dance/nightlife/karaoke are allowed up to 50 percent  capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination
  • Outdoor weddings are allowed with up to 200 people
  • Indoor events such as concerts, meetings and conventions are allowed with a mitigation plan and 50 percent capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination

To learn more about the City and County of Honolulu’s reopening strategy and which restrictions have been modified, visit OneOahu.org. To find a convenient vaccination site, use their Vaccine Provider Map!

The City and County of Honolulu’s Rental and Utility Relief Program increased the income limit for the program to households at or below 80 percent of Oahu’s median income. For a family of four, that increases the income limit from $62,950 a year to $100,700. Visit the program’s information page for more eligibility details and Frequently Asked Questions. Apply online or share the program by referring others to OneOahu.org.

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 rapid tests at the Lanakila Health Centerin Kalihi on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These tests do not qualify for the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels Program. Walk-ins will be accepted or you may request an appointment time by email: hawaiifreecovidtest@gmail.com.

Wet ‘n’ Wild in partnership with the Queen’s Health Systems is hosting a second vaccine pop-up clinic on Saturday, June 26! Clinic hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you show your vaccination card when visiting the water park, you’ll get a deal on admission! Call 691-2221 or visit covid.queens.org/vaccine for more details.

 

Hawai‘i County

Saint Jude’s Episcopal Church has reopened the Saturday Hot Shower & Hot Meal outreach program. The weekly program is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. providing free hot meals, hot showers, soap, shampoo, and clean towels for anyone and families in need.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Free Three Hour Digital Literacy Class (18+) 

Online communications have skyrocketed during the pandemic, revealing the need for digital literacy skills in today’s society. Join a FREE 3-hour hands-on class for those ages 18 and over with little or no computer experience. These free digital literacy classes are part of the state’s commitment to digital equity and will teach students how to get started on a computer, connect to the internet, and set-up an email account. Find a class in your county and spread the word to those with little to no computer skills! Some families may qualify for a monthly internet service discount or a one-time discount toward a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Applications for the program are still being accepted. Visit broadband.hawaii.gov/ebb to learn more.

ImmUNITY Sweepstakes for Individuals Vaccinated by Kaiser Permanente 

All vaccinated Kaiser Permanente members and anyone vaccinated for COVID-19 by Kaiser will be entered into the ImmUNITY Sweepstakes for a chance to win 1 of 1,000 rewards. The deadline to get your first COVID-19 vaccine dose is July 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. local time. You can sign up to get vaccinated through Kaiser by clicking here. If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member and got vaccinated somewhere else, submit your vaccination to your health record.

COVID-19 PSA Series 

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s YouTube has multiple series to help residents navigate COVID-19. Check out different COVID-19 series from Vaccine Questions, Vaccination Stories, and Survivor Stories.

Webinar on Telehealth: What Happens After the Public Health Emergency Ends?

The Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC) is hosting a free webinar on July 13, 2021 at 7 a.m. HST that will discuss the past, present, and future of telehealth. Presenters will discuss how healthcare has changed since the pandemic and what will happen once the Public Health Emergency (PHE) sunsets. Interested in learning more? Visit UMTRC’s website and register online!

HIPHI COVID-19 Survey 

Thank you to those who have participated in our COVID-19 survey! We are assessing and implementing your feedback. The survey will remain open until June 30; please share your thoughts on our 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK 

As summer approaches, school is out, and travel is expected to increase. Every day Health provides the top ten COVID-19 Safety Tips for Summer Travel. Before traveling it is important to know the infection rate in your local area and at your destination! You can use NPR’s map that shows the risk of infection in each state based on new daily cases per capita. The COVID-19 Travel Guidance for U.S. Citizens can provide information for those who need to travel internationally. As a reminder, the CDC recommends that you be fully vaccinated before traveling, but for adults and children who are unable to get vaccinated, here are traveling considerations from disease experts!

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