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Updated 8/20/20, 4:22 p.m.

Governor David Ige issued his twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation -- extending the emergency period until September 30. This extends the state's requirement for facial coverings in compliance with county rules, the 14-day qurantine for out-of-state travelers and the inter-island travel quarantine, and rental eviction moratorium.

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Updated 8/19/20, 3:45 p.m.

Governor David Ige is again postponing the plan to welcome back transpacific travelers due to the large spike in local COVID-19 cases. Daily case counts have been in the triple digits since the beginning of the month and have only declined somewhat in the past two days.

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Updated: 8/18/2020, 12:31 p.m.

No social gatherings larger than five will be allowed on Oahu starting Aug. 20 under the latest restrictions aimed at curbing the explosive increase in COVID-19 cases in the state's largest county.

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Updated: 8/17/2020, 6:06 p.m.

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The Hawaii Supreme Court is allowing cerain felony defendants to seek release from Oahu Community Correctional Center as the number of inmates testing positive there reached 181 today.

 

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Updated: 8/16/2020, 7:58 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Health reported 220 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the state's total to over 5,000 at 5,042. These include 4,591 on Oahu, 148 on Hawaii Island, 226 in Maui County, and 54 on Kauai. Twenty-three cases were diagnosed out of state. The death toll stands at 40. 

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Updated: 8/15/2020, 7:43 p.m.

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The number of Oahu Community Correctional Center inmates testing positive has reached 166 along with 28 OCCC staff, the state Department of Public Safety said this afternoon. The Hawaii Department of Health also reported 284 new COVID-19 cases today. Of the new cases, 273 are on Oahu, 7 in Maui County, 3 on Hawaii Island and 1 on Kauai. 

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Updated: 8/14/2020, 2:22 p.m.

 

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 233 COVID-19 cases today, down from yesterday's record 355 cases. The number of Oahu Community Correctional Center inmates testing positive has reached 124. No deaths were reported.

 

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Some Hawaii hospitals are getting hit harder than others with the surge in COVID-19 cases. But the Healthcare Association of Hawaii that represents hospitals has a plan: it will re-distribute patients if needed so facilities aren’t overrun.

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Updated: 8/13/2020, 10:33 a.m.

COVID-19 cases are surging among prison inmates and expanding among the homeless, both of whose living conditions make spread of the virus especially difficult to control. According to the state Department of Health today, cases at the Oahu Community Correctional Center now number 92 inmates and 24 adult correctional officers who have tested positive. Nineteen homeless in Oahu shelters and related programs have done so as well. The OCCC numbers helped push the state daily total today to a record 355 cases. Two Oahu men also died, health officials said. That brought Hawaii's coronavirus death count to 40.

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New reporting out yesterday from Hawaii Public Radio shows that the state Department of Health significantly exaggerated its capacity to perform contact tracing, while downplaying challenges facing the program.

In an interview with HPR yesterday, Gov. David Ige was asked if Health Director Bruce Anderson and State Epidemiologist Sarah Park still have his confidence.

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The head of the U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7% of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii.

Updated: 8/12/2020, 5:36 p.m.

Seven more Oahu Community Correctional Center inmates have tested positive, bringing the total to 16, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety said today.

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Updated: 8/11/2020, 5:26 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 today, the 13th straight day of triple-digit daily cases. The latest cases bring the state total to 3,756.

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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.

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.

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