COVID-19 UPDATE 39

At HIPHI, we take a holistic approach to health. In honor of Plastic Free July, we wanted to put a spotlight on environmental health. The pandemic has caused an increase in single use plastics, and local environmental groups have noticed this issue, despite efforts across the state to reduce use. In 2020, as many restaurants moved to takeout only and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) increased, so did our plastic pollution. Human health is connected to and dependent on the health of our environment and ecosystems; learn how plastic is a public health issue, challenges and recommendations due to the increase during COVID-19, and start reducing your plastic footprint today!

MISSED OUR LAST COVID-19 WEBINAR?

On our last webinar, Dr. Mestisa Gass from Mental Health America of Hawai‘i and Momi Tolentino from Next Gen Hawai‘i shared valuable insights on how we can support youth while breaking the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health and engaging in mental health advocacy on social media. You can share our last webinar on YouTube or Instagram. If you or someone you know is suicidal, don’t wait, visit this list of Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Resources to obtain support today for yourself or a loved one!

FEDERAL UPDATE

What Can We Learn From President Biden’s Independence Day Speech? 

President Biden gave a speech celebrating Independence Day and also declared we are moving forward to declare independence from COVID-19. As of July 4, 2021, 603,018 Americans have lost their lives from COVID-19. As powerful variants, like the Delta variant, have emerged, vaccination remains the best defense. According to the Hawai‘i Department of Health, more than 98 percent of recent COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i have been among unvaccinated residents. Factors such as age or living a healthy lifestyle do not necessarily protect you against severe illness, but vaccination has been proven to be effective in lowering hospitalization and severe illness from the virus.

STATE UPDATES

#HiGotVaccinated Reopens for a Second Round

As of today, #HiGotVaccinated is open for a second round! The new batch of incentives includes three $5,000 cash prizes from American Savings Bank! If you are a Hawai‘i resident and received your first dose of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson in Hawai‘i, you can submit an entry online. Those that have already entered in June are automatically included and do not need to re-enter for Round 2. The campaign will remain open until grand prize winners are announced on Friday, August 20!

Travelers from South Korea’s Incheon Airport and the Philippines Can Now Pre-Test to Avoid Quarantine in Hawai‘i  

Starting Thursday, July 15, 2021, travelers from the Philippines and from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport may bypass the State of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test. The COVID-19 test must be from a trusted testing partner 72 hours prior to departure and the negative test result must be uploaded to the Safe Travels digital platform. The state’s Safe Travels program is separate from the CDC’s requirement to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Required for DOE Students

As the next academic school year is approaching, many parents and students are asking if COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for students twelve years of age and older. On Friday, the Capitol held an info briefing with the Hawai‘i Department of Health and confirmed that a COVID-19 vaccination will not be required, but is highly recommended to those who are eligible. Making a vaccine mandatory is a comprehensive process that includes a working group and public hearings. Please visit the Disease Outbreak Control Division’s 2021-2022 School Health Requirements to see what vaccinations are required from Kindergarten to grade twelve (K-12) in Department of Education schools.

Federal Agencies Share Vaccination Data for Hawai‘i

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s COVID-19 data has a more complete view of vaccinations in Hawai‘ithanks to data provided by the federal agencies and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. You can view the Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division data dashboard here.

COUNTY UPDATES

Kaua‘i County

Kaua‘i County is now in Tier 5 and the bubble resort program has come to an end! Mayor Kawakami announced, “Restaurants, gyms, buses, and attractions will be able to operate at 75 percent capacity. Once Hawai‘i reaches 70 percent fully vaccinated, we will move to Tier 6 and eliminate all restrictions.” To view all Tier 5 guidelines click here!

Hoʽōla Lāhui Hawai‘i is offering free “Knock Out COVID, Protect Kaua‘i” T-shirts and hats to anybody who completes their vaccination with them in the coming weeks. If you already got vaccinated at Hoʽōla Lāhui, you can get free gear too by posting a video or picture to Instagram or Facebook about your vaccination, tagging @hoolalahui, and using one or more of these hashtags: #KnockOutCovid #Protectkauai #HIgotvaccinated #HIgetjabbed. Upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics will be held at:

  • Kaumakani Community Hall, Saturday, July 17, from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Anaina Hou Farmers Market in Kilauea, Saturday, July 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Call 808-938-0938 to register for an upcoming clinic. Walk-ins are also welcomed on a first come first serve basis!

Under Governor Ige’s current emergency proclamation, if your driver’s license, state ID or learners permit expired during the pandemic (since March 16, 2020), you have until August 6, 2021 to renew your license, ID or permit without penalty. It is expected that this will be the last extension of the emergency proclamation. To help people needing to renew before the August 6 deadline, the driver’s licensing division is offering extended hours for renewals from 4-4:45 p.m. until July 16, 2021. You do not need an appointment, but please be advised that customers will be served on a first come, first served basis.

 

City and County of Honolulu

O‘ahu is now in Tier 5! Social gatherings have now increased to 25 individuals indoors and 75 individuals in outdoor settings. Restaurants may operate out of this capacity. Any event with more than 200 people is allowed if there is a mitigation plan approved by the City. For more information on how to submit a mitigation plan click here. To learn more about the reopening strategy or Tier 5, please visit OneOahu.org. The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 Response Team is available to answer your questions seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: call 808-768-2489 or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov.

On Thursday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., FilCom Cares will be having a vaccination clinic at the Filipino Community Center (94-428 Mokuola St.). To schedule an appointment, call  808-432-2260 (English) or 808-895-4103 (Ilokano or Tagalog). Walk-ins are also welcome! For up-to-date information, follow FilCom Cares on Facebook and Instagram.

Central O‘ahu residents and visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can come to the Wahiawa Civic Center (910 California Ave. #119) on one of two Saturdays, July 17 or July 24 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. or on Tuesday, July 20, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. COVID-19 symptoms include: fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. To request an appointment, email your desired date and time to hawaiifreecovidtest@gmail.com. Walk-ins are also welcome!

 

Maui County

Here are upcoming vaccination sites in Maui County! For hours, location and registration information please visit MauiNuiStrong.info. All homebound Maui County residents are encouraged to call the Office on Aging to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination at (808) 270-7774.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

FilCom Cares Giveaway for Vaccinated Hawai‘i Residents 

FilCom Cares is having a giveaway for vaccinated residents of Hawai‘i! If you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Hawai‘i and are 18 years and older, you are eligible to enter! Prizes include:

  • One winner will receive two L&L plate lunches for a year
  • Two winners will receive one round trip ticket to the neighbor island of their choice.
  • One will receive one round trip ticket to Las Vegas.
  • One winner will receive one round trip ticket to the Philippines.

The deadline to sign up is Thursday, July 29, 2021 by 12:29 p.m. Enter the giveaway!

Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 (PAAC) Resources for Teachers and Students 

The Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 (PAAC) has created curriculum modules for teachers based on Hawaiian historical perspectives on infectious diseases, to teach students strategies to assess risks at home for COVID-19, strategies to protect and prevent it, and current information on testing, vaccination, and variants of COVID-19. Teachers can get certified and may use this curriculum as enrichment for their students or teach it if it meets their curriculum standards!

New CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs

On Friday, the CDC released strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations in K-12 Schools and in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Child Care programs. There are also printable posters and graphics for the classroom!

How Does The CDC Come Up With New COVID-19 Policies? 

The CDC’s Policy Process provides a systematic way to develop policies that address public health problems such as COVID-19. Watch the CDC’s latest video on Why Policy Matters. Policy can be used to make an impact at the population level  and policy preparedness is key to resilience against future pandemics.

Test Your Knowledge of Post-Vaccine Dos and Don’ts

This interactive test provides guidance in real life scenarios after being fully vaccinated from COVID-19. Some of the scenarios covered include traveling, sending kids back to school, eating out, attending weddings, and being exposed to COVID-19.

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK 

New or ongoing symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with COVID-19 are referred to as post-COVID conditions or long-haul COVID. A recent FAIR Health study showed out of nearly two million COVID-19 patients, 23.2 percent of patients have a post-COVID health condition. The National Institutes of Health continues to study “Long COVID”. If you think you are experiencing post-COVID conditions, please contact your primary care physician.

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