This afternoon, Governor David Ige announced his 8th emergency proclamation, “Act with Care.” Along with the proclamation, the Governor released the state’s plan to reopen, which will guide both county and state decisions. Based on this plan, Hawai‘i is moving into the second phase, which reopens the “Kama‘āina Economy.” This means that if the number of cases remains manageable, medium-risk businesses could begin to open as early as June. The plan emphasizes that certain protective measures, such as social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding large gatherings, must be in place until there is a treatment, vaccine, or the population develops “herd immunity” for COVID-19.
Register for this week’s Public Health Action webinar, where we will discuss the higher rates of COVID-19 cases among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the socioeconomic and social determinants of health underlying these rates, and the actions needed and taken to address this issue at the local and national level. The webinar will be moderated by Keawe Kaholokula from the John A. Burns School of Medicine and features speakers Sheri Daniels from Papa Ola Lōkahi and Raynald Samoa, Pediatric Endocrinologist with City of Hope. You can also watch last week’s webinar on kūpuna and advance care planning on our website.
HIPHI remains committed to keeping you informed on COVID-19, but moving forward we will be transitioning to update emails every other week.
It’s not too late to fill out the Census! Our state gets resources based on census population counts that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more.
Parents – please fill out this survey on your thoughts and needs for summer programs and child care during this COVID-19 crisis by Friday, May 22! Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance and Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network will use this data to help community organizations serve the needs of families this summer.
Governor David Ige extended his emergency proclamation to June 30 with the “Act with Care” order. This order extends both the mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers, moratorium on evictions, and outlines the plan to reopen Hawai‘i. You can read the Governor’s press release here, and we will send a more comprehensive update on this proclamation later this week.
City and County of Honolulu
Today, the City and County of Honolulu launched two programs to provide economic relief to individuals (Household Hardship Relief Fund) and small businesses (Small Business Recovery and Relief Fund). Visit oneoahu.org for eligibility information and how to apply.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell lifted some of the restrictions on beaches (you can lounge on the beach) and parks (permits activities that allow for distancing, such as yoga, tai chi, one-on-one tennis), allowed drive-in church services, and some retail businesses reopening. He also announced that restaurants may open on June 5 for dine-in services.
Mayor Derek Kawakami opened the beaches on Kaua‘i last week for a two-week pilot program, but emphasized that groups should be part of the same household and to keep distance from other groups.
Hawai‘i County will reopen its beach parks tomorrow, May 19. Mayor Harry Kim will make the official announcement with details tomorrow in his Rule #5.
Over the weekend, Mayor Michael Victorino loosened restrictions on beaches and parks. Passive activities such as sunbathing or reading are allowed at the beaches and county parks, as well as small group activities such as yoga, tai chi, tennis, and pickleball with appropriate social distancing. He also outlined a plan for allowing:
- Drive-in services – May 22
- Hair and nail salons – May 25
- Dine-in restaurants – June 5
WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING?
PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
With businesses and beaches beginning to reopen, it may seem harmless to have small get-togethers with family or friends, however, COVID-19 can spread easily in groups, as demonstrated in the graphic above. This short video shows how COVID-19 spread in a community, which all started when an infected individual attended a funeral and birthday party. Please help Hawai‘i continue its progress and continue to wear a mask, practicing good hygiene, keeping physical distance, and staying home when sick.
LAUNCHING THE MAUI PROTECTION HUB PROGRAM
HIPHI has been working with the Maui Family YMCA and our community maker groups and volunteers to establish a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) hub for Maui County for all donations and requests! They are actively seeking donations for PPE, including fabric and disposable masks, 3D printed face shields, gloves, gowns, surgical caps, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. N95 order requests for private practice/smaller facilities still in need can also be submitted to the YMCA to assess countywide need and possibly help organize a larger pooled order. For more information or to donate/request PPE, visit their website.
WEBINAR: SUPPORTING HOME GARDENING FOR STUDENTS ON 5/20
The Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 PM on Supporting Home Gardening for Students. Register for the session at https://bit.ly/SGtalkstory! They also have additional resources and information on their website.
WEBINAR SERIES: DIABETES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 ECHO
Stanford Medicine is launching a free, CME accredited 16-part weekly webinar series starting on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 AM HST (will be recorded and posted on their website as well!) to empower primary care providers to address the needs of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in their communities who do not have access to routine specialty care.
ONLINE COMMUNITY: COVID-19 CONNECT
Join the Covid-19 Connect Online Community (608 members and growing) to share resources, ask questions, and see a full list of events this week. NNPHI members can also join the member-only community.
DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID-19 TO SHARE?
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