COVID-19

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Many students across the state are preparing to resume classwork next week. But the re-opening of schools remains a major point of controversy — not only in the United States, but also in one of Asia’s largest countries.

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While negotiations over additional federal assistance to cities and states remain deadlocked, Hawaii’s chief executive says the state may be forced to furlough workers in the coming months if Congress fails to act.

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State Department of Health underutilized contact tracing; Hawaii's long road to economic recovery; Data shows Hawaii's dire situation; The Long View with Neal Milner: Keeping nightlife alive during the COVID crisis; Self care via meditation at Kaiser Permanente

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New Zealand has been one of the most successful countries in the world in dealing with COVID-19. But for the first time in more than a hundred days, the country has what government officials call “evidence of domestic transmission” of the virus. And the reaction has been swift.

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Updated: 8/11/2020, 10:05 a.m.

The state Department of Health’s contact tracing has failed to keep up with the burgeoning numbers of COVID-19 cases and key state senators are calling the department’s bluff on officials' claims that they are managing with the workers they have and are hiring.

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As congressional negotiations for additional pandemic assistance drag on, advocates are arguing for a different approach to small business assistance that offers more flexibility.

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COVID changed a lot of exercise schedules, is it safe to get back out there and start a walking routine? Dr. Teresa Wee, head of "Walk with a Doc" will share tips to keep moving and stay safe.

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The start of the school year will take the form of distance learning for students on Oahu. That’s also the case in many places around the country and the world – including Hong Kong.

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Update from the Hawaii Restaurant Association; What restaurants will look like after the COVID crisis; Inside the daily decisions of a restaurateur; ALEA Bridge helps Central Oahu homeless; Call for artists for Maui Quick Build projects

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Among the many changes that have been sparked by the coronavirus is care for the elderly. And that has led to changes for those who provide home health care here in Hawaii.

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The timetable for increased tourism remains uncertain. That’s true for Hawaii, but it’s also true for much of the world. And in one part of Southeast Asia, government leaders are proposing a new approach.

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Among the places new cases of the coronavirus are rising is Australia. While the country avoided widespread infection in the first wave of the virus, cases – and concerns – are now growing.

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Interview with State Health Director Bruce Anderson; Building a local COVID modeling system; City official under federal investigation still on the job; Possible confusion with mail-in voting; Political campaigning during a pandemic

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U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results.

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A disturbing pattern is emerging in several spots around the world: a location that had had been making progress in the fight against COVID-19 is forced to impose restrictions because of a surge in cases. That’s what’s happening in the Philippine this week.

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Harvest season is just around the corner for Hawaiʻi’s coffee farmers, but the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out much of the market to sell what local coffee growers are producing. The plight has been particularly hard for Kaʻū coffee farmers, who have spent the last 15 years making a name for themselves in the local coffee growing industry.

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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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It will be at least another month until Hawaii hosts any out of state visitors who don’t go through a two-week quarantine. In the Asia Pacific, some locations are slowly opening to visitors, but generally not from overseas.

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The federal government’s $600 per week supplement to unemployment benefits officially expired last week. The benefit injected more than $100 million per week into the local economy.

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It’s been three weeks since Australia’s second largest city imposed strict rules to control an outbreak of COVID-19. The city is half-way through a scheduled lockdown period, but the virus is not cooperating.

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Updated 7/30/20, 5:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump's team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

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Updated 7/30/20, 9:35 a.m.

Hawaii is not the only place that has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases after having relatively low numbers. The situation is more dramatic in Hong Kong, where government officials are aggressively addressing an increase in cases.

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Updated 4:11 p.m. 7/29/20

At least nine soldiers from the Royal Thai Army tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from training in Hawaii.

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With a daily focus on the millions of COVID-19 cases around the world, it may not seem like a good time to go to a movie theater. But in China, many theaters around the country have re-opened — and they’re getting customers. 

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Updated 7/29/20, 8:40 a.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is calling for bars to be shut down for three weeks, but that isn't the only thing he's asking for.

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Areas that have been the most successful in dealing with the coronavirus have generally acted quickly to fight it. That’s been the case in Vietnam — which is facing a new challenge this week.

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What's it like to take care of a coronavirus patient in the hospital? We'll talk with Dr. Lisa Tan and Dr. Cheryle Ganal who knows firsthand what's going on inside our hospitals and how Hawaii is preparing for more cases if we see a rise now and into the future.

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The continuing COVID-19 crisis is costing lives around the world, and is also hitting economies. From job losses to business closings, a growing number of countries are sliding into deep recessions — and that includes in the Asia Pacific.

Reflecting on Hawaii's Mandatory 14-day Quarantine

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Hawaii Public Radio’s summer intern and Syracuse University student Amy Nakamura found herself sheltered for two weeks earlier this summer due to the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. Here she shares her experiences -- not least of all the day she was set free.

 

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Thailand’s government plans to extend its state of emergency for another month—at least until the end of August. At the same time, officials have announced several steps to gradually open the country a bit more.

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