Health

  Relatives: Correctional officers, inmates don’t have access to adequate protective equipment

Family members of inmates and corrections officers say the state prison system doesn’t have adequate personal protective equipment to keep people safe.

  Number of OCCC inmates who have tested positive for coronavirus swells to 124

  Whistleblower describes a Health Department ‘struggling to keep up’

HPD: 33 officers are in quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19

HMSA says 35 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week

233 new COVID-19 cases reported, pushing statewide total above 4,500

Months after lockdown lifted, no ‘significant’ signs yet of economic recovery in Hawaii

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  Governor: Surge in COVID-19 cases on Oahu could delay state’s tourism reopening plan

  DOH director, state epidemiologist absent from COVID-19 briefing

  Despite soaring COVID-19 cases, governor opts not to institute new restrictions

  As it struggles to respond to COVID-19, the state is again refusing help for contact tracing

Union threatens legal action over plans for face-to-face meetings with students at start of school year

  With major ICUs nearing capacity, patients are being moved and reinforcements sought

  At a time of incredible need, food bank takes its Food Drive Day virtual

“I can’t say it any other way. We need the help."

  At least 70 more OCCC inmates, 7 adult corrections officers test positive for COVID-19

The latest cases bring the total number of infected inmates at OCCC to 86, along with 14 ACOs.

  Hawaii reports 355 new COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 40

The two new fatalities were both Oahu men older than 60.

Hawaii’s largest public worker union asks state, counties to scale back office presence

In recent weeks, there have also been a worrisome spike in new cases linked to worksites.

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The latest on what you need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic in Hawaii

  As inter-island quarantine begins, Maui says it’s flooded with exemption requests

  Caldwell denies retirement potluck was source of COVID-19 infections at Honolulu Hale

Campbell High School teacher arrested for violating traveler quarantine

  Oahu North Shore businesses closing as tourist torrent slows to a trickle

  Mainland college students seek rentals in Hawaii. One realty company is apprehensive

“Really, are your kids never going to set foot out of that house for 14 days?”

Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Island student positive for COVID-19

Wednesday marked the first day back on campus for students.

  Community health centers to help with contact tracing in Pacific Islander communities

The Department of Health asked clinics in the Pacific Islander communities to help with contact tracing as COVID-19 cases continue to rise dramatically in those areas.

DPS: OCCC COVID cluster infects 16 inmates, 7 staff

Staff members have also tested positive at Halawa and Waiawa locations.

  Louder! Opera goes online with Hawaii Opera Theater’s digital performance

An opera singer's ability to project their booming voice makes them a potential super spreader if they had COVID-19.

DOH issues red placard, $4K fine to a Manoa Manapua factory for food safety violations

The establishment has a history of food safety violations, DOH says.

  Epidemic tracker: 1 in 50 Oahu residents may have COVID-19

"We are dealing with rapid spread of COVID."

2 more COVID-19 fatalities in Hawaii pushes statewide death toll to 38

Meanwhile, officials also reported 202 new cases in the islands, bringing the statewide total to 3,958.

City’s park closure is cutting off gardeners from their plants on public plots

"It’s sad. I mean it’s like taking food out of my kids’ mouths,” one community gardener said.

  DOH calls senators’ visit ‘showmanship,’ but lawmakers say they’re ready to help

“We’re here talking about saving lives, not about political grandstanding and trying to make points at the expense of someone else."

Another city bus driver, who last drove on Saturday, tests positive for COVID

The city said the routes last driven by the operator were all based out of Kapolei and Ewa Beach.

  Plans for a ‘college bubble’ at a Waikiki hotel are scrapped over community concerns

The program's co-founder said applicants were overwhelmingly in favor of coming to Hawaii.

  WATCH: ‘Coronavirus Pandemic: Back To Square One'

Experts address a variety of issues, including a re-examination of how the virus spreads, whether it lives on surfaces, and why cases in Hawaii are spreading at the highest levels in the nation.

Coronavirus forecasting models show worsening outlook for Hawaii

"For a while it was easy to get complacent because the numbers were low, but you didn't see the effects for two weeks."

  DOE says there have been 13 coronavirus cases at public schools

Six of those cases have happened in August, with no students on campus.

  State reports 2 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing death toll to 36

The deaths come on the heels of three fatalities reported Monday.

  Mass testing underway after COVID-19 outbreak at Iwilei homeless shelter

Connie Mitchell, head of the Institute for Human Service, said 10 residents at the men’s facility on Sumner Street have tested positive for the virus since last Wednesday.

  Hawaii’s inter-island travel quarantine returns with some modifications

The new order goes into effect Tuesday and continues through Aug. 31.

Most Neighbor Island public schools will also start fall term fully online

The only schools that won’t go to distance learning are Molokai schools and Hana High and Elementary, education officials said.

Experts: COVID-19 is spreading in Hawaii at a faster rate than anywhere else in the nation

“It’s just a glaring example of how we need to be serious about this."

  ‘Out of control': Union grievance filed against DOH as criticism of pandemic response builds

The union that represents state contact tracers says DOH officials have lied to the public how many tracers are actually on the job.

  Mayor Caldwell tests negative for COVID-19 after cases spread at Honolulu Hale

Oahu is consistently seeing triple-digit increases in new coronavirus infections.

  2020 was set to be a glorious year for weddings. Instead the industry is pleading for help

Wedding planners were excited about 2020, which promised to be a bustling year.

  Hawaii reports 3 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing death toll to 34

Meanwhile, there were 140 new cases reported.

  Brew pub owners on Oahu say they were improperly shut down

There's confusion about the city's new emergency orders about alcohol sales.

  COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oahu jump by 33% in two days

“We are reaching capacity in some of our individual intensive care units."

  Over the weekend, Honolulu police issued 1,350 citations to those violating COVID-19 orders

Meanwhile, HPD said it made one arrest connected to the emergency order.

  Concerns grow over rising COVID-19 cases at Hawaii jails and prisons

“Prisons, jails are petri dishes."

  Hawaii reports 152 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total just shy of 3,500

There are nearly 2,000 active cases in the islands.

DOCARE officers didn’t cite anyone on first day of state park closures

But that doesn't mean the parks were completely empty.

Liquor Commission shuts down 10 establishments for violating Mayor’s rules

The city said other locations were observed operating, but investigators weren't able to get them in time.

DPS: Two more OCCC inmates have confirmed cases of COVID-19

Meanwhile, four Corrections Officers have also tested positive.

  Honolulu police issued more than 200 citations on first day of park closures

In the eyes of many, Oahu is basically back to square one.

Number of Honolulu firefighters who have tested positive for COVID-19 grows to 14

Two additional cases are tied to the Kalihi Kai station, and another at the Hawaii Kai station.

  State reports additional COVID-19 death, 231 new infections

The newly-reported death is of an Oahu man who was older than 60.

  Voters were welcomed to Honolulu Hale, despite COVID-19 cases among city employees

Officials have advised city employees assigned to Honolulu Hale to monitor for symptoms and stay home if they’re sick.

  Pacific Islanders say they’re being ignored by state in ‘war’ against coronavirus

Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of infection in Hawaii, a University of Hawaii study showed.

  Governor says public schools on Oahu will start fall term fully online

“Online classwork cannot replace face-to-face learning, but it ensures that learning continues and that our keiki and our communities remain safe."

New emergency order closes bowling alleys, and some aren’t sure they’ll be able to reopen

The operator of Pali Lanes is frustrated because they’ve spent nearly $10,000 to make safety adjustments for their customers.

Some disappointed only Oahu public schools will begin solely online

The HSTA wanted the move to online learning to be a statewide one, but the governor made the call.

  During unannounced visit, senators find a health department overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

Fed up with a perceived lack of information on the state’s use of contact tracers, the Hawaii Senate Committee on the coronavirus pandemic walked right up to the Department of Health Friday morning to seek answers

  DOH spends 250K in federal relief aid on marketing to help with COVID-19 messaging

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz called the use of federal CARES Act dollars on a public relations firm wrong-headed.

  New mobile testing clinic to play critical role in state’s pandemic response

“The increase has stressed public health infrastructure and threatens our ability to care for those who will need hospitalization.”

Military, family members no longer exempted from 14-day quarantine

On Thursday, 239 people arriving in Hawaii were flagged as “military exempt personnel.”

The new inter-island quarantine rules, explained

The previous inter-island quarantine was instituted in April and lifted in June.

  As COVID-19 cases surge, parks, beaches to close and inter-island quarantine returns

“We are approaching a health care crisis and bold measures are needed now."

  Some Neighbor Island businesses say traveler quarantine is another blow to their bottom lines

The 14-day interisland quarantine restarts on Tuesday.

  Do you have the right to know if a coworker tests positive for COVID-19?

Whether employers must inform employees if a co-worker tests positive is unclear.

  LIST: Here’s what the city and state are closing on Oahu to rein in the spread of COVID-19

The closures represent a major step back from Hawaii’s reopening plan.

  Oahu park users are disappointed (but not surprised) by shutdown

City and state parks on Oahu are set to close at midnight Friday night through Sept. 5.

  Police chief says her officers will cite, arrest those who ignore emergency orders

There will also be a “COVID enforcement team” of 160 officers charged with ensuring the emergency orders are being followed.

Dire warnings by hospitals fueled decision to reinstate some COVID-19 orders

"If we start to get two or three or more hospitals that are maxing out their ICU capacity that is really a problem for us."

  Hawaii plastics company sees no end in sight to demand for Plexiglas

The worldwide demand for Plexiglas is so high Min Plastics went a month without getting new material.

Governor noncommittal on next steps for schools, trans-Pacific travel plans

Gov. David Ige declined to address how the latest set of measures designed to prevent large gatherings would apply to schools or tourism.

  As COVID-19 infections surge, Oahu hospitals race to create more critical care units

At some healthcare facilities, entire floors are being converted into new critical care units.

UH students launch free grocery delivery service to help their peers in quarantine

“Bless UH Manoa” is a new grocery and supply delivery service for UH students in quarantine.

  Three more Honolulu firefighters positive for COVID-19

Honolulu fire officials say there are now 11 firefighters at three separate stations on Oahu who have tested positive for coronavirus.

  Neighbor Island mayors again urge Ige to bring inter-island quarantine back

“You look at what’s happening around us, I think we’re in trouble."