COVID-19

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NEW YORK — A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks in a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. Meanwhile, religious leaders around the globe Thursday urged people to celebrate Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes.

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Police across the islands are starting to crack down on people who are disobeying “stay at home” orders. On Oahu, police are moving from warnings to misdemeanor arrests. Across Asia, authorities are facing a slightly different challenge: dealing with those who break quarantine.

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Just under half of all households nationwide have responded to the decadal survey of the U.S. population. Fewer than 40% of Hawaii residences have answered.

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WASHINGTON — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

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Kauai takes on flooding and "covidiots"; Bleak future for Hawaii eateries; Insurance companies aren't paying claims to businesses effected by crisis; The Long View with Neal Milner: Free and fair elections during a pandemic; Concerns raised as Hawaii's 2020 Census count lags

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Throughout the global pandemic of COVID-19, many health experts have pointed to Singapore as a country that has taken many of the right steps to combat the spread of the virus.  Now, the country is ramping up a new series of restrictions.

Tonight's show is full of songs of positivity and hope for the better days to come - with a nod to Bill Withers, who recently passed away at the age of 81. All of the songs tie in to the theme through title, lyrics, or melody. I like to think of it as a playlist you can throw on when you need a little positive pick-me-up, or something to get and take a dance break to when you're feeling the stay-at-home blues.

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Should the State begin the process of releasing low risk inmates and detainees to reduce prison overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic? How does that affect loved ones behind bars or working in prisons across the islands? Will victims of crime worry their assailant may be released in the community? In today's show, we attempted to answer those questions and more.

Our guests were Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Kauai County Prosecutor Justin Kollar . Roth opposes the mass release of inmates, while Kollar signed a national initiative to release low-level offenders to reduce prison overcrowding.

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Local companies were making cloth masks even before the CDC guidance to wear face masks last Friday. Now, however, they’re pretty much sold out. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the healthcare sector still needs protective equipment of every kind, but there are options for the average person who needs a cloth mask.

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Updated 4/7/20, 12:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in several regions of the country, including Tokyo. While the declaration gives local governors the power to close schools and some other public institutions, individual behavior is another matter.

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Rail construction moves forward amid COVID-19 crisis; Pandemic delays Hawaii courts; Staying safe from domestic abuse while staying home; Nearly free childcare for Maui's essential workers

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South Korea appears to be a relative success story when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. On Friday, the number of the cases in the country passed 10,000. But even though South Korea has “flattened the curve” of the spread of the virus, authorities are still increasing their prevention measures.

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Dr. Martin Johnson joins the show, sharing how the use of telemedicine has opened up the availability to psychotherapy to everyone, even from the convenience of their own home! Learn what can help manage the anxiety and worry that is ever increasing during this time of the pandemic.

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Restaurants employ 13% of Hawaii workers. Many of those businesses face an existential threat from the coronavirus pandemic, but some are already finding success in the new reality.

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To wear a mask or not? Feel that it is out of your comfort zone? Shelter in place, stay home. Why is it okay for some, but not for others? Frustrated about the mixed messages? In today's show, we answered questions on masks, antibodies, testing and more.

Our guest was Dr. Kathy Kozak, host of The Body Show, which airs at 6:30 p.m. every Monday on HPR-1. Dr. Kozak joined Straub Clinic and Hospital where currently works as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness.

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Billions in federal economic aid are on their way to Hawaii. And a locally-based payroll expert helped write some of the rules.

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Face masks have suddenly become a focus of discussion around the country. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is the latest to “strongly recommend” residents wear them while outside. He’s talking about re-usable cloth masks. But the disposable kind are part of a new production push in Asia.

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With economists predicting short-term unemployment rates as high as 25 percent, the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will dwarf the Great Recession.

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Some 161,000 Hawai’i residents filed for unemployment in March.  The University of Hawai‘i’s economic research arm, UHERO, projected unemployment could temporarily spike to 25 percent due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.  In Hawai‘i, however, some companies need even more workers.

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Gov. David. Ige talks masks and other coronavirus concerns; Honolulu's 911, ambulance services stand ready; Local company has masks hookup; Local film industry hit hard but optimistic about future

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State officials say Hawaii has 560 ventilators — machines that can help people breathe and that could play a key role if the state faces a surge in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Ventilators are a focus of concern in many cities in the United States and locations around the world — including India.

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Tourism industry rides out crisis; UHERO on recession and recovery; State provides locations of COVID-19 cases; Why you can choose Pacific Islander on your Census form

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Updated 4/1/20, 5 p.m.

NEW YORK — New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.

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Countries around the world are focused on “flattening the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus. In Australia, new rules have gone into effect as part of that effort.

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is urging President Donald Trump to stop all non-essential travel coming to Hawaiʻi in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Caldwell made the announcement yesterday after expressing frustration over visitors continuing to arrive to the islands without any plans for self-quarantine.

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Civic participation is a challenge during the time of coronavirus. Some agencies are finding ways to still include the public, despite Gov. David Ige's emergency order suspending the requirement among other state laws.

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Hawaii unemployment insurance claims over 100,000; State Consumer Protector warns of stimulus check scams; Honolulu newspaper lays off employees amid pandemic; COVID-19 drive through testing expands; Talk story with the first Native Hawaiian to serve as U.S. ambassador

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Updated 3/31/20, 3:55 p.m.

NEW YORK — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City's streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could ultimately kill more than 100,000 people across the U.S. Some states that have become hot spots warn they're running low on ventilators, while two cruise ships pleaded for Florida to allow them to dock to carry off the sick and dead.

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