Hawaii reopening

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he'll be evaluating if the state should re-impose restrictions on recently reopened bars and gyms after the state Department of Health linked several COVID-19 clusters back to those businesses.

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Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reports seven new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Six cases are on Oahu and one case is on the Hawaii Island. The low case count comes after the weekend and several days of double-digit increases in daily cases.

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Updated: 7/5/2020, 1:35 p.m.

State health officials today reported 25 new COVID-19 cases. With 1,023 total cases, Hawaii has now marked a milestone.

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Updated: 7/4/2020, 12:09 p.m.

State health officials today reported 24 new COVID-19 cases following yesterday's 29 new cases as Hawaii continues to reverse what had been until recent weeks single-digit increases. Hawaii is now on the cusp of a thousand coronavirus cases with a total of 999.

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More workers in Hawaiʻi’s hotel industry are facing layoffs and extended furloughs despite state plans to reopen to out-of-state travel in August. Labor advocates are calling on state legislators to put an end to job cuts that have left thousands of residents out of work.

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Updated: 7/3/2020, 2:43 p.m. State health officials today reported another COVID-19 death and 29 new cases in the sharpest increase Hawaii has seen in months. The numbers bring the total death count to 19 and coronavirus cases to 975.

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The Hawai’i Health Department reported 20 new cases today. Seventeen cases are on Oahu, most tied to identified cases or clusters, and three cases are on the Big Island. The state is continuing community outreach and testing connected to the new cases.


Short-term vacation rentals are back under the microscope as public concern rises over enforcement issues amid COVID-19.  The pandemic has brought changes to the industry that may have a lasting impact.

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Updated: 7/1/2020, 11:51 a.m.


The Hawaii Health Department announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 today. Seven cases are on Oahu and two on Maui. Oahu's case count stands at 659, Maui County's at 125, Hawaii County's at 87 and Kauai's at 38. A total of 17 residents were diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

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WAILUKU — A Hawaii state plan to reopen a Maui highway to motorists from the general public has caused concern among residents who want to protect the rural area from the coronavirus.

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Updated: 6/30/2020, 2:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Health Department announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today. Fifteen cases are on Oahu, one case on Kauai, one Maui county, and one case is pending determination of location.

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Updated: 6/29/2020, 5:26 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Health Department reported only two new cases of COVID-19 today but the increase brought the total statewide cases to 900. Both new cases are Oahu adults associated with a known case and they have been isolated. The smaller count follows yesterday's spike of 27 new cases.

The state Department of Education is expected to issue its plans on how classes will run for the new school year on Thursday. But lawmakers say they are deeply concerned about the DOE’s lack of a clear financial proposal for the fall reopening.

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Updated: 6/27/2020, 12:03 p.m.

The state Department of Health reported 6 new cases today. Yesterday, they announced Hawaii's 18th death from COVID-19. The elderly Honolulu man who died from the virus was the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. 

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Updated: 6/26/2020, 7:38 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reports that Hawaii recorded its 18th death from COVID-19 today. An elderly Honolulu man died from the virus, the first coronavirus death in the islands since May 3. The state also reported 17 new cases today, the second daily jump as the state plans for a partial lifting of the visitor quarantine on Aug. 1.

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Updated: 6/25/2020, 2:12 p.m.

Where we stand

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As of August 1st, travelers coming to Hawaii will be exempt from the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine if they first get tested for COVID-19 and are negative for the virus. 

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Businesses across the state are continuing to re-open after months of COVID-19 closures. But with the mandatory two-week quarantine still in place for out-of-state tourists, businesses are re-examining their relationships with the sometimes overlooked kamaʻāina customer. 


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Updated 6/24/20, at 12:40 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Thirteen of those cases were from Oahu. One case is reported on the Big Island. Two cases were residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. 

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Medical legacy of Dr. Kawasaki; Community-based work furlough program closing; Lawmakers hammer out police misconduct bill; Addressing concerns about returning to work; Making schools safe for students

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Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 3 new COVID-19 cases today. All three cases are on Oahu.Today's low number of new cases marks the second day of single-digit increases since the weekend.

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The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to state officials on Monday saying the group has serious privacy and civil rights concerns over the planned use of facial recognition in state airports.

Hawaii Updates: Hale Nani Cases Total 15, Company-Run Center In Utah Reports 10 Dead; 4 New Cases

Jun 22, 2020
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Updated: 6/22/2020, 3:37 p.m.

The total number of COVID-19 cases at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Makiki now stands at 15 with the addition of three positive cases at the state's largest skilled nursing home facility.


State lawmakers return to the Capitol today for what is expected to be the final three weeks of this year’s legislative session. Their main focus will be allocation $618 million in federal pandemic assistance.

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Updated: 6/21/2020, 2:32 p.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 today, 9 on Oahu and 2 on the Big Island. 

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Former longtime television reporter Angela Keen knows how to track people down. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s putting her skills to use finding tourists who defy Hawaii's mandatory two-week quarantine on arriving travelers.

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Updated: 6/20/2020, 11:59 a.m.

Where we stand

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 today, 7 on Kauai, 6 on Oahu and 1 on Maui. That follow's yesterday's spike of 27 cases.

The seven new cases on Kauai are all in a single household where a previous case had been identified. Those infected were placed in quarantine and the Kauai District Health Office is continuing its contact tracing to identify any additional cases.

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Updated: 6/18/2020, 7:58 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 today, the largest single-day spike since early April. Twenty-five are on Oahu and one each on Maui and Kauai. State officials sought to ease worries brought on by the high numbers.

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A team from the University of Hawaii is hoping to find better ways to treat COVID-19 by analyzing the experiences of other patients.

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After two and a half months, the state of Hawaiʻi has lifted its mandatory interisland quarantine requirement. That means residents are once again free to travel to other islands.