COVID-19 UPDATE 46
In Hawai’i, 16 percent of the population are Filipino and they have the highest hospitalization and death rates due to COVID-19, highlighting a need for health equity as Filipinos, alongside Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, have been most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor of Filipino American History Month, we want to celebrate Filipino-led COVID-19 outreach efforts. The Filipino Community (FilCom) Center has provided on-going outreach to Filipino communities across the state providing education, resources and vaccination opportunities.
A year ago, FilCom CARES was created through CARES funding to assist in outreach including education, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and disseminating information in Ilokano and Tagalog languages. Emphasizing the Filipino value of bayanihan (community and working together), FilCom CARES amplified its efforts through many volunteers and unified mobilization to its most hard-to-reach populations, including the elderly and homebound. They have since provided over 60 vaccination clinics statewide, leveraged six grants, created and translated 15 materials, and accrued over 100 project volunteers. FilCom CARES continues to have weekly vaccination clinics at a designated Catholic church or at the FilCom Center. Translated materials and a list of outreach events can be found at www.filcomcares.org.
UPCOMING COVID-19 PHA WEBINAR
We have the honor of learning from Dr. Peter Singer, Special Advisor to the Director General at the World Health Organization who will be joining us live from Geneva. Recommendations for booster doses to people who have been fully vaccinated, brings up a concern for equity as many people around the globe have not received an initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. There are growing disparities between wealth and access to vaccines. The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccinations have occurred in wealthy countries. What are the implications of this and solutions moving forward? Join us as we learn more about global COVID-19 vaccine equity and how we can support global vaccine access. Register today!
70 Percent of Hawai‘i Residents Are Fully Vaccinated
As we celebrate this huge milestone, we thank everyone who has received their vaccine and is doing their part to keep the community safe. As we’ve learned with the delta variant, the situation with COVID-19 is constantly changing, and it is important we continue to remain vigilant and follow recommended prevention strategies. While a statewide 70 percent vaccination rate was previously the benchmark to remove all travel restrictions, we’ve learned that vaccination rates are just one of several metrics we must consider, such as healthcare capacity. 207,492 children 0-11 are not yet eligible for vaccination.
Survey Results: Efficacy of Hawai‘i COVID-19 Business Mandates
The University of Hawaiʻi Research Organization and the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 surveyed almost 2,000 diverse local businesses and results showed COVID-19 vaccination mandates have increased immunization rates by an estimated eight percent at local businesses affected by mandates. Almost two in three businesses support vaccine passports (61.8 percent). This is a significant increase from when only one in three businesses supported the mandates in a previous UHERO-PAAC survey in August. View the full report by clicking here.
Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules were amended. Changes effective as of October 16 include:
- Indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Unvaccinated patrons are allowed indoors at bars, restaurants, and gyms, but must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken 48 hours prior to entry.
- Bars and restaurants may be open until midnight as long as the operation capacity remains at 50 percent.
- Spectators are allowed for indoor (groups of 10 people or less) and outdoor (groups of 25 people or less) organized sporting events. All participants, coaches, instructors, staff and spectators must wear face covering at all times.
Mayor Derek Kawakami signed the eleventh emergency proclamation, eliminating the outdated tier system and extending restrictions on social gatherings. The county will continue to limit professionally organized events to 40 indoors and 100 outdoors. Any event over 50 people must be approved by the county and you can submit event information here. All large professionally organized events must ensure all participants provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours before the start of the event.
City & County of Honolulu
Changes to the reopening of events on O‘ahu:
- As of October 13, road races and triathlons are allowed with a maximum of 500 vaccinated participants, and staggered starts of groups with no more than 25 people.
- As of October 13, outdoor seated entertainment events, including sporting arenas and concert venues, are allowed at 50 percent capacity or a maximum of 1,000 attendees. Attendees must be vaccinated, masked, and physically distanced. Other than water, no food or beverages are allowed.
- As of October 13, golf tournaments will be allowed with 100 percent of participants vaccinated.
- Beginning October 20, indoor seated entertainment venues are allowed at 50 percent capacity or a maximum of 500 attendees. Attendees must be vaccinated, masked, and physically distanced. Other than water, no food or beverages are allowed.
- Beginning October 20, outdoor interactive events, including traditional gatherings such as weddings and funerals, are allowed at 50 percent capacity or a maximum of 150 attendees (who are vaccinated). Food and beverages are allowed, as is masked mingling and interaction.
A mitigation plan for all events is required. Those who are working at the event (employees, contractors, vendors, etc.) must comply with Safe Access O‘ahu protocols. Under the Safe Access O‘ahu program, children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccination requirement, which also applies to the reopening of events. Visit www.oneoahu.org for more information.
Mayor Mitch Roth signed a new emergency order with updated COVID-19 restrictions, effective as of October 14:
- Social gatherings can have up to 25 people outdoors and up to 50 people for organized outdoor events. Indoor gatherings will remain limited to 10 people.
Hawaiʻi Island residents can get free transportation to and from a vaccination clinic on
Uber. Each individual is allowed up to four free rides (two roundtrips) with up to $15 off each ride to and from vaccination appointments. Any amount over $15 will be automatically charged to the user’s debit or credit card on file with the user’s Uber account. Rides will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to and from any County of Hawai‘i-supported vaccination site. This promotion runs through December 31, 2021 (or while funding lasts); to receive a voucher to book a ride, click here.
Earn $25 Gift Cards with a Covid-19 Vaccination from Malama Ia Hawai‘i at select COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics with KTA Pharmacy.
- Hilo Jaycee Butler Building | Every Monday and Thursday in October from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations available: Flu, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson
- Old Kona State Recreation Area | Every Tuesday in October from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations available: Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
- Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium | October 22 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. You must have an appointment; register for a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations available: Flu, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses in the U.S.
As of October 12, over eight million fully vaccinated people in the U.S. have received a booster. National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) provides a mini-infographic on data for booster shots administered in the U.S.
Roundtable: Business Strategies for COVID-19 Compliance
In celebration of Women’s Small Business Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership will host a free webinar on Wednesday, October 27 from 12 – 1 p.m. to discuss the different ways that Women-Owned Small Businesses have worked to abide by and comply with the current COVID-19 restrictions in place. Register online.
Free Training: Child Tax Credit Navigator
In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan became law to provide relief to families affected by COVID-19 and expanded the Child Tax Credit. The expansion is expected to cut child poverty nearly in half—and it’s the largest child tax credit in American history. Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network and Code for America will host a free webinar on October 20 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. so Hawai‘i organizations can learn to become a Child Tax Credit Navigator. RSVP online.
Thinking of Becoming a Vaccine Provider?
The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) provides information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider. The first step is to complete a COVID-19 Independent Provider Enrollment Survey and DOH will contact you with documentation needed to complete the process. This infographic breaks down the steps to becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider as well as the reimbursement process!
PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
We let research and data guide our plan of action to protect our health and the health of those around us. A new report from the CDC highlights how effective a combination of COVID-19 prevention strategies can be:
- High vaccination rates
- Frequent testing
- Consistent mask wearing
- Physical distancing
- Staying in an ‘ohana bubble
- Hand washing
Out of more than 7,000 staff members and campers who followed these prevention tips, only nine tested positive for COVID-19, with six identified through screening testing, but no in-camp transmission occurred. These findings show us the actions we have taken as a state work and can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in places where people are in close proximity to one another like schools, nursing facilities or shelters. A shareable graphic simplifying this study is attached below.
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