Last week, the world witnessed the heartbreaking and horrific death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protests occurring across the nation are in response to the long history of oppression, social injustice, and inequity experienced by the Black community. We at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute stand in solidarity with the #blacklivesmatter movement.

At the same time, many are now wondering, “when can we return to normal?” HIPHI supports reopening the economy safely. But we also believe that this crisis and recent events are an opportunity for us to confront these issues directly, and to act in unity to rethink our priorities and invest in a just society and a safe and healthy future. HIPHI strives to eliminate racism, disparities and injustices to improve the health and wellness of all people.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Our Public Health Action Webinars are transitioning to a bi-weekly schedule, and the next few webinars in the series will focus on county response efforts. Register for next week’s webinar on the partnership between the City and County of Honolulu and Aloha United Way to address the growing needs of its residents. If you missed it, you can also watch our past webinars on the impact of COVID19 in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community and contact tracing.

TAKE ACTION
Are you registered to vote? Register by July 9, 2020 online or by mail to receive your ballot in time for the primary elections! This is also Hawaii’s first all-mail election, so you should also check to make sure your mailing address is correct!

STATE UPDATES
Governor David Ige announced today that he will lift the mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travel on June 16. The mandatory quarantine is still in effect for trans-Pacific travelers. For interisland travelers, temperature checks, declaration forms, and cross-checking with mandatory quarantine lists will be used to protect the health and safety of Hawai‘i residents.

The DOE is extending the Grab-and-Go meal service through summer at certain locations. Please refer to this updated list of schools offering this meal service – some sites are closing or offering lunch only.

COUNTY UPDATES
All counties are currently in the “Act with Care” phase of Hawaii’s recovery plan. Many are working to, or have already opened, most low and medium-risk businesses and activities. Check with your county’s latest ordinances for specific restrictions and guidelines:

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 6/10

Register here

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and viruses – but 95% of us don’t properly wash our hands! Some of the most commonly missed areas are the fingertips, thumbs, and between fingers. The CDC has some information on the science behind hand washing recommendations, but in general you should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice), or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY COVID19 RESOURCES
Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i has an extensive COVID19 help section on their website, with materials translated in both Chuukese and Marshallese. They have also launched a weekly Facebook Livestream on Fridays at noon, where Legal Aid Managing Attorneys present on COVID19 related legal issues.

If you are in need of legal services, you may call their intake hotline at 808-536-3402 (O‘ahu), and 1-800-499-4302 (Neighbor Islands) Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

FREE UHCC SUMMER CLASSES FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020
University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges are offering Next Step: Career Exploration classes to high school graduates to explore their career options and discover the education and training needed to reach their goals. Participating students will earn credit toward a college degree and have the opportunity to apply for the Stronger Together Hawai‘i Scholarship.

DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID19 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.