COVID-19 UPDATE 48

November is recognized as national gratitude month as many families come together to express gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13 – 21) is an annual program where people across the country come together to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. In Hawai‘i, 162,220 people are facing hunger – and of them 54,700 are children.

Those looking for assistance or those interested in getting involved can visit the Hawai‘i Food Bank, the Food Basket: Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank, Maui Food Bank, and Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank. What can you do to make a difference? As you gather with your family and friends, share what you are thankful for, make conscious choices to eliminate food waste and give back to your community. Creating rhythms with your ‘ohana to focus on gratitude can also have positive health implications such as reducing stress and improving physical and mental health.

 

STATEWIDE UPDATES

Data Proves Vaccines are Effective in Hawai‘i 

Data on deaths that occurred in Hawai‘i from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 showed that:

  • Fully vaccinated people up to age 59 were 34 times less likely to die of COVID-19 than unvaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated people aged 60 and older were nine times less likely to die of COVID-19 than unvaccinated individuals.

Data shows COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing hospitalization and death; you may view the full analysis of COVID-19 breakthrough cases in Hawai‘i.

 

New Statewide Limitations for Social Establishments 

Effective as of November 12, 2021:

  • Outdoor activity at restaurants, bars, and social establishments are no longer subject to restrictions (such as masks, mingling, and six feet of distance). Masks will still be required for indoor activities.
  • Indoor capacity for all indoor high-risk activities is set at 50 percent capacity unless the county implements a policy requiring vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, in which case, there is NO capacity limit. This includes gyms, as well as bars, restaurants, and social establishments.

Read the full press release here. Please note that all social gatherings statewide are currently limited to no more than 10 people for indoor gatherings and no more than 25 people for outdoor gatherings.

 

International Travel Opening for the Holidays 

Hawai‘i is adopting federal requirements for international travelers entering Hawai‘i. Returning Hawai‘i residents from international travel who are fully vaccinated must provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours and those who are not vaccinated must have a negative COVID test within 24 hours. International travelers who are flying in from another U.S. airport will be treated as domestic travelers. For more information, visit hawaiicovid19.com/travel

 

COUNTY  UPDATES

Maui County

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, families may join Hale Kau Kau for a free Thanksgiving meal on November 25 at St. Theresa Church in Kihei from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Masks, shirts, and shoes will be required and all COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed.

 

Hawai‘i County 

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for adults and keiki (5+) at:

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

City & County of Honolulu 

Hawai‘i Pacific Health is offering drive through COVID-19 vaccination clinics for anyone ages 5 and older. The next drive through clinic will be held at Kapolei High School on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Appointments are required and you may register here. If you are unable to schedule all members of your family at the same appointment time, please come in the same vehicle at the earliest time scheduled and those with appointments will be accommodated at that time.

 

Kaua‘i County 

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is asking residents who have attended King’s Chapel in Nawiliwili on or after October 31 to get tested for COVID-19 as multiple COVID cases were linked to church attendance and activities. Visit Kauai.gov/COVIDtest for details of testing options.

 

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for adults and keiki (5+) at:

  • Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe on Tuesday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 23 at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Appointments are required for pediatric vaccinations at this location; to schedule an appointment, go to WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine.
  • Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) on Wednesday, November 17 and Wednesday, December 1 at 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, click here.

 

STATEWIDE RESOURCES 

Contagious Conversations Podcast: Helping Kids Through COVID

Contagious Conversations is a podcast series produced by the CDC Foundation featuring interviews with experts who are tackling some of the world’s toughest health challenges such as antibiotic resistance, global disease outbreaks, health equality and more. This month’s episode, Helping Our Kids Through COVID, features Anna King, National PTA president, and Elizabeth Rorick, National PTA deputy executive director of government affairs, strategic communications and training who elaborate on the impact of COVID-19 on schools and education and how mental health has been affected for parents and children.

 

Lancet Countdown’s 2021 Report: Climate Change and Health Impacts

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for increased international cooperation as climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The Lancet Countdown’s 2021 report emphasizes COVID-19 recovery presents an unprecedented opportunity to invest in a future of economic and environmental sustainability, improved health and reduced inequities.

 

Vaccine Resource Hub

Partnering for Vaccine Equity provides individuals and organizations working to increase adult immunization, especially those experiencing racial and ethnic disparities, access to diverse and culturally relevant materials through their Vaccine Resource Hub. A program of the CDC, the Vaccine Resource Hub materials have been vetted for accuracy and relevance. They offer hundreds of free educational materials to support COVID-19 and flu vaccinations in multiple languages.

 

Printable Resource: Why Should We Test for COVID-19 in Schools?

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health provides Guidance for Schools on the best available evidence at this time to ensure safe school environments and operations. The most recent guidance document, Why Should We Test for COVID-19 in Schools?, provides information on who testing is recommended for, different types of COVID-19 tests, and the importance of testing to reduce community spread and keep schools open.

 

Upcoming Webinars on November 17, 2021: 

  • The Implications of Long COVID for Patients & the Health Care System: Learn about the latest research on long COVID and strategies to support individuals with the conditions; 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Building Vaccine Confidence & Promoting Health Literacy: Join an hour long talk story at 10 a.m. with the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance to discuss keiki vaccinations, persistent misinformation, social media hygiene and critical media literacy.
  • Hawai‘i COVID-19 Vaccination Update #2: Hawai‘i Pacific Health and the Hawai‘i Immunization Coalition will have experts present from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following topics: current updates in COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for adults, clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccination in the pediatric population and how to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider in Hawaiʻi. For more information and easy sharing, download the flyer below.

 

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.