In the last two weeks, Hawai‘i has seen a surge in new cases. Although Hawai‘i is fortunate that its current caseload is manageable, the recent spike in cases has caused Governor David Ige to reconsider opening the state to tourism on August 1. The pre-travel COVID-19 testing program, which would allow out-of-state travelers to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel, has been delayed until at least September 1, 2020.

A combination of factors led to this difficult decision. As a result of large outbreaks on the mainland, some of Hawaii’s testing supplies have been diverted to hard-hit states. This limits the state’s testing capacity at a time when Hawaii is experiencing its own spike in cases and anticipating more cases as schools and universities reopen in the Fall. While it is a disappointing setback for Hawaii’s economic recovery, it prioritizes the health of our community and residents. We must all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our communities and take preventive measures such as wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and practicing good hygiene.

Register for our next Public Health Action Webinar on Wednesday, July 22 at 1 PM with Hawai‘i Green Growth to learn the results of their community/network survey for Hawaii’s recovery and resiliency. You can also watch last week’s webinar with youth leaders in Hawai‘i sharing how they are working to create a more just society. Elections play a major role in shaping future policies and were discussed during the webinar, but please note that as a nonprofit organization, HIPHI is unable to endorse candidates.

STATE UPDATES
The launch of the pre-travel COVID-19 testing program has been delayed at least one month to September 1, 2020. This means that all out-of-state travelers entering Hawai‘i must quarantine for 14 days until at least September 1.

COUNTY UPDATES
Hawai‘i County is currently accepting Request for Proposals (RFPs) to distribute its CARES Act funding to maintain safe communities and to help families and businesses cover or recoup expenses arising from the COVID-19 emergency.

Applicants can be non-profit or for-profit entities with the capacity to receive grant awards starting from $250,000 to more than $2 million. Funds must be distributed to the community no later than December 30, 2020.

Applications for the RFP are due by Tuesday, July 21 at 4:30 PM by electronic submission. For more details, visit www.hawaiicounty.gov/cares.

The City and County of Honolulu now requires that everyone must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths at indoor public spaces and outdoor areas where physical distancing is unlikely or difficult to maintain. There are a limited number of situations where one may remove their mask – learn more here.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 7/22

Watch the recording here. 

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

The number of daily new cases in Hawai‘i has spiked in the last few weeks, and many of them are associated with clusters. In addition to wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying home when sick, you should avoid the 3 C’s to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. These include avoiding closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby, and close-contact settings.

TELEHEALTH MULTILINGUAL FLYERS
During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become a safe method of delivering quality healthcare to the public. The Department of Health has created an infographic on telehealth and translated it into nine different languages. Access the flyers here.

14-DAY COVID-19 FORECAST TOOL FOR HAWAI‘I
The Hawai‘i Pandemic Applied Modeling (HiPAM) work group has launched a new tool that provides 14-day forecasts of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities. As Hawai‘i continues to ease local social-distancing restrictions and consider options for lifting quarantine requirements for travel, tools like this will be critical for ensuring the best information is available to inform these decisions.

PARENT SURVEY: AFTERSCHOOL AND CHILD CARE NEEDS FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR
The Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance and the Hawai‘i Children Action Network are asking parents to complete a 5-minute survey on thoughts and needs for afterschool and child care during this COVID-19 crisis. They are working with community organizations to determine how to best serve students and families based on your needs when the new school year starts.  Mahalo to those that filled out their previous survey on summer programs and child care – you can view the results here.

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.