Hawai‘i has begun to take the first steps of reopening our economy – the Governor had given some low-risk businesses the green light to open as early as last week. Today, the State Legislature went back to work to tackle the budget deficit, capital improvement projects, CARES funding, and confirmation hearings for state boards, agencies and commissions. While these new developments are exciting and hopeful, health officials continue to warn the public to remain vigilant in their social distancing, sanitation, hygiene, and mask-wearing to prevent a surge in cases.

In an effort to protect our kūpuna and vulnerable populations, many care homes and healthcare facilities closed their doors to visitors to prevent infections of COVID-19. Register for this week’s Public Health Action Webinar featuring Diane Paloma from King Lunalilo Trust and Home and Jeannette Koijane and Hope Young from Kōkua Mau. Presenters will discuss how recent changes to elderly care homes and visitation policies are affecting kūpuna and their families, and attendees will learn how to engage in meaningful conversation about end-of-life care preferences. On the other end of the spectrum, you can watch last week’s webinar on supporting your keiki learning from home.

TAKE ACTION
The State Legislature is reconvening this week to pass the supplemental budget and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), CARES Act Funding, and confirmation hearings. As the State Capitol is closed to the public, they are streaming the hearings online and only allowing written testimony. You are also able to contact your lawmakers with any of your comments and concerns.

Interested in COVID-19 training opportunities? Once you make an account, you can access TRAIN Learning Network’s course offerings. TRAIN is a national learning network that provides quality training opportunities for professionals who protect and improve the public’s health. The COVID-19 specific trainings cover topics such as contact tracing, crisis and emergency risk communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.

STATE UPDATES
Last week, Governor Ige announced his “Safer at Home” order, which included phase I of reopening Hawaii’s economy. There was some confusion around what was permitted under the new order, especially with variations between the counties. We simplified it last week – view our guide here.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 5/13

Register here

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Face masks are one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but needs to be worn correctly to be effective! Your mask should cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly. While wearing your mask, avoid fidgeting with it, touching the fabric part, or pulling it down to speak. When putting on or removing your mask, always use clean hands and hold it by the ties or loops. Cloth face masks should be washed between uses. For more information on this topic, this article provides advice on common mistakes to avoid when wearing a face mask.

WEBINAR: SCHOOL GARDEN CARE AND MANAGEMENT 5/13
The Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 13 at 2:30 PM on School Garden Care and Management. Register for the session at https://bit.ly/SGtalkstory! They also have additional resources and information on their website.

WEBINAR: CRISIS AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE 5/15
The Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui is hosting a webinar featuring Anisa Wiseman, Program Director and Walk Manager of NAMI Hawaii, on Friday, May 15 at 12 PM on crisis intervention, emotional intelligence and how to work with patients in crisis. Register for this training today! This training is approved for 1.5 CE CSAC hrs, 1.5 hrs with the National Association of Social Workers – Hawai’i Chapter, 1.5 hrs for CHES/MCHES, 1.5 CPEUs for RD/RDN/DTR and 1.5 CNEs for Nurses.

DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID-19 TO SHARE?
If you have any resources or updates we should include in our next weekly email or website, feel free to contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org.