covid - 19

Dec 2018
Responding to growing concern
over the outbreak of a new virus that started in China and has spread to become a worldwide pandemic,
Hawai‘i officials are ramping up testing to determine if the disease has spread beyond two isolated travel-related confirmed cases. And they continue to emphasize what can be done to prevent spread of the disease.

With more than 30 states reporting outbreak clusters, Gov. David Ige says he anticipates that more cases will appear here. He said the initial testing of two dozen suspected cases within a population of more than a million people related to the state's initial inability to test locally, which changed in March. As of March 10, he expects the number of tests to ramp up done by the state as well as private labs that began testing this week. And the state began random surveillance testing of about 200 people weekly who are reporting illness. “It's probably inevitable for the disease to come to Hawai‘i and get established in the community,” Ige said at a news conference March 10 at the state Health Department.

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus and Hawai‘i

Of course with this virus seeming to be 'dangerous', not even the Governor is exempt.

Gov. David Ige today will announce a statewide “lockdown” on the movements of Hawaii residents in yet another dramatic escalation of the effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has learned.

Caldwell’s order takes effect at 4:30 p.m. today, and requires all residents to stay and work from home through Thursday, April 30.

Ige’s new statewide order is expected to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

Hawaii island thus far has not imposed mandatory restrictions of the movements of residents and visitors apart from closing shoreline access, but Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim posted a notice on the county’s civil defense web site at 8 a.m today announcing that state action is expected soon.

“The Governor has been working with all counties on a State proclamation to bring cohesion on the polices for this State. This is expected to be completed and in effect by Wednesday, March 25th,” according to the civil defense notice.

Gov. David Ige expected to announce statewide ‘lockdown’ effective Wednesday

State reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in highest one-day total since pandemic began

State reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in highest one-day total since pandemic began

The state Laboratory is equipped to test for the coronavirus. (Source: Hawaii News Now)
By HNN Staff | March 22, 2020 at 2:51 PM HST - Updated March 23 at 1:52 PM
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Public health officials are reporting 21 new cases of coronavirus in Hawaii, in the highest one-day total in the state since the pandemic started.
The new cases bring the statewide total to 77.
Here’s the island-by-island breakdown provided by the state:
  • Total: 77 (21 new)
  • Oahu: 53 (12 new)
  • Maui: 11 (2 new)
  • Kauai: 3 (0 new)
  • Big Island: 5 (2 new)
  • Pending: 5 (5 new)
Of the cases reported so far, five people have required hospitalization.

The majority of those who tested positive had a history of recent travel. But at least three haven’t ― evidence that the virus is spreading in the community.

State reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in highest one-day total since pandemic began