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Last updated: 4/2/20

Information -- it's inoculation against the anxiety that can take hold as COVID-19 spreads, jobs are lost and lives are frayed. Hawai‘i Public Radio is compiling resources and information to help the community deal with the hurdles ahead as we navigate life during a pandemic. Details in this list can change, so call ahead to the resource whenever possible and check back for updates. If you have a suggestion for the list, email us at news@hawaiipublicradio.org -- and please stay safe.

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Honolulu — Hawaii's largest milk processor is expected to continue operating after its pending purchase by a California real estate investment firm.

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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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Updated: 4/3/2020, 4:35 p.m.

 

Gov. David Ige says he won't join Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's call to President Trump for a halt to all nonessential travel on commercial airplanes.

 

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HONOLULU — Nearly one-quarter of Hawaii's workers applied for unemployment benefits last month as social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus socked the economy.

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Updated: 4/2/20, 5:52 p.m.

 

A second death in Hawaii due to the coronavirus has been reported, according to the governor's office. Hawaii's coronavirus case count jumped today to 285, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 27 from yesterday. Oahu now has a total of 206 coronavirus cases, Maui 27, Kauai 12 and the Big Island 18. 

 

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The state is scrambling to identify enough medical professionals to care for a potential surge of coronavirus patients in Hawaii. However, some doctors are concerned that the outbreak will further worsen the state's long-standing physician shortage.

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HONOLULU — Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu's power grid.

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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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Updated: 4/1/2020, 3:30 p.m.

Hawaii's coronavirus case count jumped today to 258, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 34 from yesterday. Oahu now has a total of 182 coronavirus cases, Maui 26, Kauai 12 and the Big Island 18. 

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The Hawaii Department of Health said a person who was diagnosed with coronavirus has died. The state is still investigating the case as other factors may have contributed to the person's death. 

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Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

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WAILUKU — Hawaiian Electric has proposed the construction of a battery storage system on Maui that will lead to the closure of a power plant there.

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Updated: 3/30/20, 5:04 p.m.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is imposing a fourteen-day mandatory quarantine on interisland travelers starting on Wednesday. The emergency order will close a gap in the state safety net aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Molokaʻi currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, and local residents and businesses are taking precautions to keep it that way.

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Hawaii's coronavirus case count now stands at 175, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 24 from Saturday. Oahu now has a total of 123 coronavirus cases, Maui 20, Kauai 12 and the Big Island 12. 

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Hawaii's coronavirus case count now stands at 151, according to the state health department's latest update. The number of positive and presumptive positive cases represents an increase of 29 from Friday. One of the new cases is a minor. Oahu now has a total of 108 coronavirus cases, Maui 16, Kauai 11 and the Big Island 10. 

 

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Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Hawaii's Big Island have pulled out of their camp due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

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Survival is order the day for many Hawaii businesses as the economic impacts of working-from-home make themselves felt. Help is available.

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Two other drive-through COVID-19 screening events are scheduled this weekend -- tomorrow at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex and Sunday in the Kakaʻako Waterfront Park parking lot. Those tested must have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

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Shipping operations are continuing uninterrupted to the state. Yet empty shelves are an increasingly common sight in local grocery stores. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies and chicken are just some of the items you may not find at your neighborhood store. So why is that?

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Technical issues made it difficult to get information about a tsunami watch for Hawaii and its subsequent cancellation, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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Updated: 3/26/20, 12:25 p.m.

Hawaii's coronavirus case count now stands at 106, according to the state health department's latest update. The number represents an increase of 11 cases from yesterday. Oahu has 77 cases, Maui 14, Kauai 5 and the Big Island 5. 

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Hawaii’s stay-at-home order and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for social distancing are prompting groups serving the homeless to make adjustments as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the islands.

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WAILUKU — Maui residents have been using signs and checkpoints to help enforce a government order to keep visitors off Hana Highway during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Hawaii's coronavirus case count now stands at 95, according to the state health department's latest update. The number represents an increase of 6 cases from yesterday. Oahu has 68 cases, Maui 13, Kauai 5 and the Big Island 5. Four cases are pending results. There are no fatalities from COVID-19.

State stay-at-home/work-from-home in effect

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, Americans returning to the U.S. were entering the country without any health screening.

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As people learn new habits in response to concerns about the novel coronavirus, where and how people get good food is high on the list of new challenges.

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Updated: 3/24/20, 8:55 p.m.

State health officials erred when they declared Hawaii's first death from the coronavirus. The health department issued a press release tonight saying that a re-test of the case turned up negative for COVID-19.

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Counties around Hawai’i have closed public gathering spaces as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. But one county remains an exception.

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