Coronavirus Pandemic

131 new COVID-19 cases reported amid outbreaks on Lanai, Big Island

Additionally, three more COVID-19 fatalities were reported, bringing the official death toll to 209.

  Lanai resident who contracted COVID-19 urges others to get tested

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

  Despite new unemployment call center, many still struggling to get answers

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

3 students at Lanai High and Elementary School test positive for COVID-19

Election, virus may have driven increase in Oahu gun permits

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  Hotels help police enforce quarantine for travelers who land without a negative test

  Hospitals on Maui, Oahu on alert as COVID-19 outbreak on Lanai grows

In another blow to Hawaii’s economy, the 2020 Honolulu Marathon is canceled

3 additional COVID-19 fatalities reported on Oahu, 102 new cases statewide

  Officials outline how Hawaii would distribute a COVID-19 vaccine

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

  Green: State’s secondary surveillance testing hasn’t caught any positives yet

Ten percent of all travelers who arrive with a negative test are being asked to take a voluntary second test four days after arrival.

State: Safeguards ensure Hawaii restaurant cards can’t be misused

Rumors have spread on social media about people using the cards for things like TVs.

  Cluster of COVID-19 cases growing on Lanai with at least 20 known infections

Lanai’s only public school moves to remote learning amid growing COVID-19 outbreak

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

Resident at Arcadia’s senior care facility dies of COVID-19

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

  Oahu enters Tier 2 of reopening plan, easing more COVID-19 restrictions

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

Bar owners call city’s tiered reopening plan keeping them closed ‘unconstitutional’

“It’s a dictatorship. That’s how feel," one bar owner said.

Hawaii County starts allowing tested inter-island travelers to skip quarantine

The Big Island is now allowing inter-island travelers to skip quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 test, just like the other Neighbor Islands.

14 additional COVID-19 fatalities push Hawaii’s death toll from virus above 200

Meanwhile, the state reported 78 new infections Wednesday.

  Oahu will move to Tier 2 in its reopening plan. Here’s what that means

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the city is all but expected to proceed to Tier 2 in its recovery plan on Thursday.

Bar owners sue city, claiming tiered recovery plan keeping them closed is ‘arbitrary’

The “high-risk” businesses will be in the last round of businesses to open their doors.

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  State scrambles to address issues with its pre-travel testing program website

The state says the Safe Travels application has gone smoothly for about 80% of travelers. But for others, it’s been a major source frustration.

US surgeon general pleads not guilty to violating COVID emergency orders

Jerome Adams was on Oahu in August helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

  Survey: Hawaii businesses expect extreme economic hardship to continue through 2021

“What do I see for the future? I see a lot of pain."

  State launches new $25M grant program to help small businesses

Scores of Hawaii businesses have closed amid the pandemic and countless more are struggling to remain afloat.

  4 coronavirus cases reported on Lanai, the first confirmed infections on the island

The state said it was informed of the positive test results Tuesday and is conducting contact tracing.

  Dance studios find hanging onto students amid strict restrictions ‘just impossible’

“We have tried everything and it’s just a dead end."

  Questions raised about state’s contractor choice for new unemployment call center

The new call center set up to handle questions about unemployment claims in Hawaii is actually staffed by mainland workers from a private contractor.

Seeking employment? A virtual career fair is happening this week

Star Events and ALTRES Staffing are holding the free event online for the first time.

  After false positives, Hawaii County considers nixing post-arrival test for travelers

Late Tuesday, Mayor Harry Kim confirmed he’s debating whether to make changes to the program ― or end it all together.

UHA gives $300K boost to new infectious disease unit at Queen’s

The unit is already treating COVID-19 patients.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Since tourism relaunch, police have issued 4,500 warnings for violating COVID-19 orders

“I’m a little discouraged by the fact that our partners in the visitor industry have not started to educate visitors."

91 new COVID-19 cases reported; 2 additional fatalities on Oahu

Oahu saw 61 new cases, there were 24 on the Big Island, two on Maui and the rest were residents diagnosed out-of-state.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

  500 Hawaii volunteers participate in COVID-19 vaccine trial

“This was a chance to finally be able to not just be sitting here at my house. I would actively be contributing to research.”

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

Planning to travel inter-island? Here’s what you need to know

If you’re planning to travel inter-island, and don’t want to quarantine, it’s important to read up on and complete all requirements before you get on the plane.

  In fresh effort to reopen campuses, state again revises COVID-19 guidance for schools

By design, the tiered structure closely resembles the reopening plan that’s been put in place by the City and County of Honolulu.

Step-by-step guide to Hawaii’s pre-travel COVID-19 testing program

Travel to and around Hawaii looks different during the pandemic. Here are the steps to participate in the state's pre-travel testing program.

30% of those hospitalized in Hawaii for coronavirus have been under 50

The statistic underscores what health officials have been trying to drive home: While seniors are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, the virus can also land younger people in the hospital.

Kaimuki association calls on state to institute moratorium on commercial evictions

Restrictions implemented because of the pandemic have forced some shops in Kaimuki to close their doors for good.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  City reserves hundreds more quarantine hotel rooms in Waikiki

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is holding a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss additional COVID-19 quarantine facilities available on Oahu.

  Ige surprised by pent up travel demand, but warns of slow recovery

After travel slowed to a trickle this summer, Governor David Ige says state officials were surprised by Thursday’s pent up demand that brought more than 10,000 travelers to Hawaii.

39 new COVID-19 cases reported, the lowest one-day total since July

Of the 39 new infections, 31 are on Oahu, seven are on the Big Island and one is out-of-state.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

  Hawaii has seen more than 30,000 arrivals since launch of traveler testing program

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said based on the first few days of the program, things seem to be going well.

  Ewa Beach man recovering from COVID has a warning to others: ‘This thing is for real’

42-year-old Eddie Bisquera spent 48 days in the hospital.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

Hawaii rental assistance program puts hold on applications

A Hawaii state program providing rental assistance to tenants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stopped accepting applications.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

‘Bows to play 2020 home games without fans at Aloha Stadium

The decision to play games without spectators was made in accordance with rules against social gatherings currently in place by the City and County of Honolulu, the school said.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

State announces 8 trusted testing partners for inter-county travel

There are now trusted options for inter-county travelers.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Hawaii reports 83 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional fatality

The new infections push the statewide total for cases in Hawaii since the pandemic began to 13,949.

Kauai County reports 1 new and 1 probable case COVID-19

The county's last confirmed positive was on Sept. 25.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.