Coronavirus Pandemic

  110 new COVID-19 infections reported statewide Saturday

Here's an island-by-island daily breakdown of the cases.

8 Straub staff members test positive for COVID-19 following ‘recent exposure’

  Alicia’s Market, a local favorite since the 1950s, scales back operations to survive pandemic

New program to offer paid training opportunities to displaced workers

  Green: Pre-travel testing program will help get thousands of people back to work

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

  New unemployment call center set to launch as state struggles to keep up with claims

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  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

  Public schools will make ‘gradual’ transition to blended learning in October

  Sharks spotted near shore at Kaimana Beach for four straight days

  A tiny medical device was key in one Hawaii woman’s fight against COVID-19

The device is called a pulse oximeter, which measures blood oxygen levels.

  City makes an additional $75M in aid available to struggling Oahu businesses

The grants are for reimbursements of business expenses.

New order will allow small household gatherings on beaches, in parks

The new order, which is still being vetted and must be approved by the governor, would go into effect next Thursday.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

4 additional COVID-19 fatalities reported on Oahu, 160 new cases seen statewide

List: Food distribution events, resources available as pandemic drags on

  Pre-travel testing program to start Oct. 15, key step in rebooting Hawaii’s tourism

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

  In new video series, COVID-19 survivors recount battle with the virus in their own words

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  Businesses optimistic about tourism reopening plan, but say they’ll need help to stay afloat

“Retail businesses, restaurants, hospitality, they’re limited to one-half to two-thirds reduced capacity,” said Ryan Tanaka, president of Island Business Management and co-owner of Giovanni Pastrami.

  In August, Honolulu police made 65 arrests for emergency order violations

Since August, Honolulu police have made 65 arrests for violations of the emergency order.

  Experts: New testing methods could speed up tourism’s reopening

New COVID-19 testing methods and better access to tests could make it safer for tourism to ramp up.

  Ige announces plans for trans-Pacific travel, but future of inter-island quarantine unclear

“Certainly we are in discussions about different ways that we can facilitate inter-island travel.”

  Hotel industry, businesses urge governor to relaunch trans-Pacific travel by mid-October

“We’ve been ready for quite some time. In fact, we have 5,000 rooms in Waikiki that are ready to go tomorrow."

PODCAST: Organizing clutter around the house from the coronavirus chaos

This episode is all about using your time at home to organize and declutter ― you know, all that stuff sitting around that you keep saying to yourself you’ll get to one day but never do?

102 new coronavirus cases, 3 additional fatalities reported statewide

The three fatalities push the official death toll from the virus in Hawaii to 103.

Parents, teachers urged to share examples of ‘concerning content’ in learning platform

The Education Department has created an online form for parents, teachers and others to submit the examples.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

  Responding to skeptical council members, city explains its ‘tier plan’ for reopening

“We need to move very slowly before we open up again because we’re going to have to lock down again if we don’t have those things in place.”

Ige appoints new director of state agency overseeing jobless benefits

She takes over for Scott Murakami, who resigned Aug. 5 — after Ige directed him to take leave on June 1.

  Hanauma Bay is recovering. Some want to limit crowds to further protect it.

An online reservation system to limit guests is among the suggestions to keep the bay healthy.

Thousands of residents apply for housing assistance

A new state program providing $100 million of rental assistance to struggling tenants in Hawaii has received more than 6,000 applications.

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

  Governor approves ‘resort bubbles’ for quarantining visitors on Kauai

The program allows visitors to use resort properties during quarantine as long as they wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Hawaiian Airlines prepares to restore connection with Japan

Hawaiian Airlines has filed an October flight schedule that includes one run per week to Tokyo, an indication that Hawaii could be closer to getting its Japan air connections back.

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

Oahu’s ‘People’s Open Markets’ to resume normal schedule this weekend

Vendors lost out on business for several weeks as the weekly markets were put on hold.

  After a false negative in Green’s office, accuracy of ‘surge’ tests questioned

Lt. Gov. Josh Green told Hawaii News that the false negative is a concern.

State kicks off mass COVID-19 testing program at correctional facilities

The effort is aimed at avoiding an uncontrolled outbreak like the one seen at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

Additional COVID-19 fatality pushes death toll from the virus in Hawaii to 100

There were 66 new cases reported Tuesday along with an additional fatality.

  Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.

  Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.

  Hawaii’s fishing industry faces lasting impacts as pandemic drags on

With restaurants and hotels shut down, there is a shortage of fish that in turn is directly impacting the price of ahi.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

  Mayor pledges to ease restrictions on retailers, gatherings starting next week

He said the new order will allow gatherings of up to five people at beaches and parks.

  As new COVID-19 cases continue to drop, retailers ramp up to reopen

"It’s challenging for us all but one of the nice things about Hawaii is that we’ve been able to pull together and get through."

  13th coronavirus fatality reported at Hilo veterans home as more federal aid pledged

“When I found out on Sunday two passed away, I said dear God I’m so sorry for what I didn’t do."

Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

  ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd teams up with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for mask-wearing PSA

The PSA features Rudd, who is 51, dressed up in a bright yellow hoodie with sweatpants.

Hawaii mayor says virus command post will oversee operations

A new coronavirus command post set up at an events venue will help enhance public communication and education on the Big Island, Hawaii County Mayor Kim said.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.

  Search intensifies for quarantine sites on Molokai as number of active cases grows to 13

Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino said pallet structures that have housed the homeless will serve as temporarily quarantine structures.

  Homeless shelter reopens following COVID-19 outbreak, but with fewer beds

But getting a bed at the Institute for Human Services men’s shelter likely won’t be as easy as it used to be.

  More than 60,000 tested administered on Oahu as part of ‘surge’ program

Of those tested through the program, just 266 were positive.

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Oxford, AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites after regulators gave the go-ahead following the pause on Sunday.

  Lt. Gov. Green experiences ‘serious fatigue’ after testing positive for COVID-19

He stressed that no other high-level officials, including Gov. Ige, were exposed to the virus.

  Ige: Quarantine for trans-Pacific travelers will likely be extended beyond Oct. 1

Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for trans-Pacific travelers will likely be extended beyond Oct. 1, the governor said Monday.

Hawaii reports 80 new COVID-19 infections, no new fatalities

Of the 80 new cases, 70 are on Oahu, seven are on the Big Island and three are on Maui.

  2 more deaths reported at a Hilo veterans home as Mayor Kim calls for changes

There have been at least 12 COVID-deaths tied to the home.

Tanioka’s to temporarily close; Tamura’s Market prepares for reopening

Island businesses are doing their best to get by and navigate the stay-at-home order.

Dog-like robot could remotely measure vital signs of COVID-19 patients

A new type of dog-like robot could gather vital information from COVID-19 patients remotely, helping to keep down human exposure to the virus.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade ‘re-imagined’ as television-only event this year

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 94th version of the iconic annual parade will be a television-only special presentation this year, the retailer and the city of New York City announced Monday.

  Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The result have not yet been published or reviewed by independent scientists.

  From trips to weddings and other big plans, 2020 has forced cancellations unlike ever before

Its been roughly seven months since life as we knew it in Hawaii was flipped upside down.

  In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration’s pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus.

Second member of Lt. Gov. Green’s security detail tests positive for COVID

DPS said the deputy sheriff that was assigned to Green’s protective unit last worked on Thursday.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.