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The mandatory 14-day interisland quarantine restarts today for those traveling into Maui, Kauai, Big Island and Kalawao counties as the Neighbor Islands try to fend off further spread of COVID-19, primarily from Oahu. 

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Updated 8/10/20, 4:00 p.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is entering self-isolation and Honolulu Hale will close for cleaning this afternoon after an employee in the mayor's office tested positive for COVID-19, the mayor said today. Caldwell has been tested and expects to get his results back sometime tomorrow.

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Oahu public schools will go to 100% distance learning for at least four weeks when classes resume on Aug. 17, Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced yesterday. After an assessment, the state plans to transition to a blended learning program of distance learning and in-person classes starting on Sept. 14.

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Updated: 8/8/2020, 3:36 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported 231 new COVID-19 cases and 1 death. The latest death is an Oahu man older than 60, the department said. He is the state's 31st fatality from the coronavirus.

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While Pacific Islanders make up just 4% of Hawaii's population, they represent 27% of the state's newly confirmed coronavirus cases, according to state Department of Health data released. Two months ago, their share was 13%.

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Hawaiʻi’s current surge in COVID-19 cases could halt the state’s plan of rolling out the welcome mat to tourists next month. And even if tourism resumes, thereʻs no guarantee that visitors will feel safe enough to return or that residents will be assured that tourists are relatively coronavirus free.

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Updated: 8/7/2020, 3:46 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced today that Oahu public schools will go to 100% distance learning for at least four weeks when classes resume on Aug. 17. After an assessment, the state hopes to transition to a blended learning plan of distance learning and in-person classes starting on Sept. 14.

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Updated: 8/6/2020, 6:22 p.m.

Starting Tuesday, the 14-day mandatory quarantine for interisland travel will be reinstated, Gov. David Ige announced today. Restrictions on Oahu also will return, including closure of city and state parks and beaches starting tomorrow at midnight and extending to Sept. 4.

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Updated: 8/5/2020, 12:35 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 173 new COVID-19 cases today. All are on Oahu and reflects another triple-digit day of new infections.

Yesterday, the department reported the state's 27th death. The Honolulu man, between 40 to 59 years old, had underlying medical conditions. The man's death was reported to the health department by the Honolulu medical examiner. An investigation into his cause of death continues but it is being recorded as a COVID-19 fatality.

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Updated: 8/4/2020, 10:41 a.m.

The state Department of Health reported Hawaii's 27th death and 144 new COVID-19 cases today. The Honolulu man, between 40 to 59 years old, had underlying medical conditions. The man's death was reported to the health department by the Honolulu medical examiner. An investigation into his caise of death continues but it is being recorded as a COVID-19 fatality.

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After a record-breaking 207 new cases of coronavirus logged by the Department of Health on Monday, the head of a local hospital group warns that Hawaii is on track to outstrip its hospital capacity.

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Updated: 8/3/2020, 2:02 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 207 new COVID-19 cases today, but officials said about 114 of the cases are from three previous days. The results were delayed because of lab reporting issues that led to incomplete and inaccurate count of the infections and that impacted contact tracing. 

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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii yesterday called on Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to roll back the rollback on Oahu bars, which have been shut down for three weeks in the wake of COVID-19 clusters at two establishments.

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Updated: 8/2/2020, 4:43 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 45 new COVID-19 cases today, but a lag in test results is both providing an incomplete and inaccurate count of the infections and slowing contact tracing. 

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Updated: 8/1/2020, 3:43 p.m.

 

The state Department of Health reported 87 new COVID-19 cases today, all on Oahu, following yesterday's 123 cases, record 124 on Thursday, and 109 on Wednesday. The state said while the lower number of new cases is encouraging, it also reflects a "significant lag" in testing results because many specimens are sent to the Mainland for processing.

 

The Latest: 123 New Cases; Schools Set To Reopen Aug. 17; Ige: State Needs More Contact Tracers

Jul 31, 2020
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Updated: 7/31/2020, 12:02 p.m.

State health officials reported another 123 new cases of COVID-19 -- the third day in a row of 100-plus infections. All are on Oahu except four in Maui County. Yesterday, Hawaii set a record with 124 cases. That overtook Wednesday's record of 109 new cases. 

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A three-week shutdown of Oʻahu bars will begin today – and further rollbacks of the island’s reopening are still possible. 

The Latest: 124 New Cases; Rollbacks Possible As New Cases Surge; Caldwell Rethinks Mask Mandate

Jul 30, 2020
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Updated: 7/30/2020, 12:02 p.m.

Hawaii had another record-setting day today with 124 new cases of COVID-19, the state Department of Health reported. That overtakes yesterday's record of 109 new COVID-19 cases. As has been the pattern, most of today's new cases were on Oahu.

The Latest: 109 New Cases; Teachers Want More DOH Guidance Before Reopening

Jul 29, 2020
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Updated: 7/29/2020, 3:12 p.m. 

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he is very concerned about today's record 109 COVID-19 cases, even though the spike was anticipated given the July 4th gatherings and other summer get-togethers. People are not maintaining their vigilance to socially distance and wear face masks, the governor said.

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Updated: 7/28/2020, 2:50 p.m.

 

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is seeking approval from Gov. David Ige to shut down bars for three weeks. He's also asking to restore restrictions on how many can gather together and to tighten face covering rules so that they must be worn at all times when out in public, except when there is a health issue.

 

NOAA

Updated: 7/26/2020, 8:20 p.m.

Hurricane Douglas is moving past Oahu to the north and closer to Kauai County tonight but still with the potential to deliver strong winds and flooding. Oahu and Kauai County remain under a hurricane warning while the hurricane warning for Maui County has been canceled.

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Investigators with the Hawaii attorney general's office arrested a 20-year-old woman after seeing videos of her dancing in a store and dining out when she was supposed to be obeying a traveler quarantine the state mandated to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

NOAA

Updated: 7/25/2020, 8:11 p.m.

Hurricane Douglas is still approaching the islands with the potential to deliver destructive winds, floods, landslides and life-threatening surf and currents through this weekend into Monday. Oahu remains under a hurricane warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. The other counties, including Kauai, are now under tropical storm warnings.

NOAA

Updated: 7/25/20 at 5:15 a.m.

Hurricane Douglas is projected to produce strong winds, heavy rain and high surf for portions of the state starting tomorrow, prompting officials to urge residents statewide to prepare a plan and stock up on emergency supplies.

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Updated: 7/23/2020, 5:35 p.m.

 

Hawaii has seen its highest daily case count yet today with 55 cases, the state Department of Health reports. The death toll also rose by one to 26. Fifty of the new cases are on Oahu, 3 are on Hawaii Island and 2 are on Maui.

 

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Updated: 7/22/20 at 5:55 p.m.

Face masks are now required while working out in Oahu gyms, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said today.

Gov. David Ige approved the mayor's request to amend the city’s Restore Honolulu order setting out COVID-19 restrictions.

The order takes effect immediately. Caldwell says to avoid any exercise that is too strenuous such that it will cause taking off the mask.

The city said that the gyms will be responsible for enforcing the revised order.

Hurricane Douglas churns closer to Big Island

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Updated: 7/21/20 at 12:55 p.m.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association, which represents public school teachers, is calling for the postponement of the planned Aug. 4 reopening of classes.

At a press conference today, HSTA President Corey Rosenlee asked when the state Department of Health will provide written guidance on the school reopening.

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Updated 7/20/20 at 12:35 p.m.

Hawaii's top health officials are advising residents to not travel to other states unless it’s necessary. There’s been a spike in the number of residents returning to state airports and an increase in those testing positive for COVID-19.

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Updated: 7/19/2020, 5:12 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department today reported 28 new COVID-19 cases. The last time the state reported deaths was on Friday with two new deaths, bringing the total to 24. Of today's new cases, 26 are on Oahu, 2 on Hawaii Island.

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Updated: 7/18/2020, 12:07 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department today reported 20 new cases, following yesterday's two new deaths, which brought the state total to 24. Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 were also reported yesterday. Of today's new cases, 15 are on Oahu, 2 on Hawaii Island and 3 are pending determination of location.

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