COVID-19 UPDATE 40     

As of Saturday, there was an average of 185 new COVID-19 cases reported statewide, with three new deaths in the last week. As the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads throughout the islands, it is important to consider which activities pose a higher risk. You can view the state’s COVID-19 Cluster Report (published every other week) providing an overview of instances where there is significant community spread. Based on this data, restaurants; construction, industrial, and other occupational settings; travel, lodging, and tourism; places of worship; and social gatherings are labeled as settings of higher risk. The common risk factors among these settings are unvaccinated individuals, lack of or inconsistent mask use indoors, and limited physical distancing. 

Our collective actions can make a difference in the clusters we see in Hawai‘i. We want to thank each of you for making thoughtful decisions and sacrifices to protect your health and the health of those around you. It is our kuleana to remind our family, friends and community of the importance of getting vaccinated, wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance with people outside of our households. Those eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination can find a vaccine provider in their county by visiting Hawaiicovid19.com.

 

UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINAR

A statewide eviction moratorium was put into effect in April 2020 and will be lifted on August 6, 2021. Want to know your rights as a local landlord or tenant? To support you and your family, we will dive into resources available to both renters and homeowners at our Public Health Action Webinar on August 4 at 1 p.m.  Bring your questions and concerns, as attendees will have an opportunity to ask their questions live! Register by clicking here

 

STATEWIDE UPDATES

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Hawai‘i Public School Students 

All students at a Hawai‘i Department of Education public school will receive free breakfast and lunch meals during the 2021-22 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a nationwide waiver on school meals in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing payment transactions in school cafeterias. 

Summer P-EBT: Apply by August 2

Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) provides $438 per child in food purchasing assistance to children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children who received P-EBT or Keiki Under 6 Food Support during the month of June will automatically receive benefits. Apply before August 2! Those with questions may call 1-888-975-7328. 

Renewal Requirements for SNAP Recipients

The Hawai‘i Department of Human Services has resumed eligibility reviews and six month reviews for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Households should receive a notice in the mail when it is time to renew their benefits. Failure to complete the paperwork by the deadline could result in a gap in services or a loss of benefits. You are now able to complete renewals online by clicking here

In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations 

If you need to be vaccinated in your home, you may call the Hawai‘i Department of Health vaccination hotline at 808-586-8332. Specialists are available Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to help you schedule an appointment. To learn more, visit HawaiiCOVID19.com/vaccine.

 

COUNTY UPDATES

Maui County 

Maui County’s Office of Economic Development started Kama‘aina First, an online hub with offers to local shops to support small businesses! If you have a question regarding the Kama’aina First and Shop Small Maui Nui programs, please contact Tokie Ogawa from the Office of Economic Development by emailing tokie.ogawasidney@co.maui.hi.us.

Hawai‘i County

Due to a rise in cases, there will be free community COVID-19 testing

  • Tuesdays in Kona at the Kona Aquatic Community Center 
  • Wednesdays in Hilo at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium

Both locations will be open from 3-6 p.m. and are expected to run through the month of August. No appointments are necessary.

Kaua‘i County

Please visit kauai.gov to see all the free upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics listed below:

Free clinics for ages 12 and older:

  • Isenberg Park, Hanamāʻulu: Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pfizer (12+) or J&J (18+)

Free clinics for adults (Moderna or Johnson & Johnson):

  • Kaua‘i Humane Society, Puhi: Friday, July 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Rob’s Good Times Grill, Līhuʻe: Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rob’s is offering a $10 gift certificate for the first 50 people who register. Call (808) 938-0938 to register.
  • Anahola Clubhouse: Saturday, July 31, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Keoki’s Paradise restaurant, Poʻipū: Thursday, August 5, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Keoki’s is offering a 20% same-day discount when vaccinated on site.
  • Kekaha Neighborhood Center: Saturday, August 7, 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Anaina Hou Farmers Market, Kīlauea: Saturday, August 14, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Kaumakani Hall: Saturday, August 14, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Kaua‘i Humane Society, Puhi: Friday, August 27, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Hawaiian Church, Hanapepe: Saturday, August 14, 1 to 2:30 PM

You may schedule an appointment in advance and verify which vaccine you will need. Anyone needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodations due to a disability can call 808-938-0938 or email blanca.baron@doh.hawaii.gov

City and County of Honolulu

The Pier 2 vaccination clinic is closing! Its last day of operations will be on Saturday, July 31. The vaccination site is open during the following times: 

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Spread the word to those who are eligible for vaccination! Appointments are not necessary but those who prefer to schedule an appointment can do so online at Hawaiʻi Pacific Health

As parents and students prepare for the upcoming school year, it is recommended to get a free COVID-19 test to ensure a safe return to schools! All the sites above will provide a rapid test and those interested are encouraged to request an appointment by emailing hawaiifreecovidtest@gmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome and free parking is available at all sites! 

 

 

Hawaiʻi Disability Rights Center and Hawaiʻi Pacific Health have a free vaccination clinic at Waikele Center on August 7 and 28 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pfizer is available to keiki ages 12 and up and everyone who gets vaccinated will get a free malasada or shave ice and be entered into prize drawings! No appointment needed, but if you require transportation, or are homebound and want to arrange an in-home shot, please call in advance of the event. Those needing extra support can call 808-949-2922 or email info@hawaiidisabilityrights.org

 

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Need Help Entering #HIGotVaccinated Giveaways?

Hawai‘i residents who received one COVID-19 vaccination shot of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson are eligible to enter #HIGotVaccinated giveaways. Those without internet access or needing language assistance may call 2-1-1, Aloha United Way’s free and confidential helpline. Specialists will provide assistance with entering the drawing and are ready to help in more than 240 languages. 

Updated Guidance for Hawai‘i Schools

Today, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) released an updated school guidance based on data and the best available evidence at this time. Understanding each school is different, DOH offers multiple strategies schools can use to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, with core essential strategies that should be implemented in all in-person learning situations. The essential strategies include promoting COVID-19 vaccination among all staff and eligible students 12 years of age and older, directing staff and students to stay home when sick, correct and consistent masking indoors, and hand hygiene. 

Vaccination Messaging for Health Professionals 

Want to learn how to create clear and effective talking points about local vaccination rates in your community? Use this guidance to deliver topline messages about why local vaccination rates matter, and why it is important that every eligible person is vaccinated. 

Combat MisInformation with Google Fact Check Tools

There is a lot of false information around vaccination on the internet and circulating on social media, and it is growing more difficult to discern fact from fiction. Google’s Fact Check Explorer allows you to easily browse and search for published fact checks on COVID-19 information. 

Immunization Communications Resource Portal 

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) has created an Immunization Communications Resource Portal. There is a plethora of COVID-19 resources from media campaigns, graphics in multiple languages, toolkits and more! 

CDC COVID-19 Activity for Keiki: Tips for a Healthy School Year

The CDC created a board game as a fun way to engage keiki in the discussion of safe practices to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. On the board game, you follow the path and scan QR codes to learn tips for a healthy school year! It is available in English and in Spanish.    

Infographic and Webinar on Physician Burnout & Moral Injury

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) provides an infographic  that explores physician burnout and moral injury both before and during COVID-19, top causes for burnout, stigma around the topic, and next steps to address this growing crisis. More than 70 percent of physicians say they are experiencing burnout! This NIHCM webinar explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased physician burnout, and implications for healthcare access.  

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

The COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving situation, and at times, very confusing. The CDC has stated that vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or social distancing, as allowed by local laws. But with the new and worrisome Delta variant, the WHO is recommending that even fully-vaccinated people take precautions like wearing a mask. 

While Hawai‘i is one of the few states that still has an enforced and mandatory mask mandate when in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status, why might someone who is fully vaccinated want to continue to wear a mask in settings where it is not required? Dr. Mariangela Simao from the World Health Organization stated, “Vaccine(s) alone won’t stop community transmission. People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene… the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing.” Correct and consistent mask use remains a critical tool in mitigating the spread of COVID-19!

 

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.