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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Cases

Cumulative totals as of 12:00 noon on April 16, 2020

News Release from Hawaii DoH, April 16, 2020

  New as of Reported since
4/16/2020 2/28/2020
Total Cases 11 541
-    
Residence    
HI Residents 10 476
Non-HI Residents 1 36
Unknown 0 29
-    
Island of Diagnosis    
Oahu 4 373
Hawaii 0 41
Maui 3 93
Kauai 0 21
Molokai 0 2
Lanai 0 0
HI Residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 6
Unknown* 4 5
Released from Isolation    
Total released 15 374
Hawaii deaths 0 9
-    
Risk Factors    
Travel 4 290
Community 12 138
Unknown -5 113

*Unknown cases are pending investigation. As new information becomes available, unknown cases may be added to Island of Diagnosis totals.

HNN: Here is the latest county-by-county breakdown of coronavirus cases

KITV: UPDATE: COVID-19 cases by zip code

SA: VIDEO: Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green joins the COVID-19 Care Conversation

SA: Hawaii Gov. Ige shares coronavirus updates

Community Bulletin 
April 16, 2020 
Issue #4

Keep It Up Hawaii,
Your Efforts Are Working to Slow the Spread of COVID-19!


Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Lines represent total number of reported cases for a location.
Green line: U.S. total | Pink line: Hawaii total
Data current as of April 15, 2020.

The outpouring of generosity, kindness and community support statewide to come together while physically staying apart during this time has been incredible. Recent reports are encouraging, showing that Hawaii’s rate of coronavirus cases per capita is far below the national rate. We’re all playing our part in something bigger, protecting our loved ones and those working tirelessly on the front lines to help keep everyone safe. Every bit counts! Mahalo, and keep doing what you’re doing Hawaii.

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HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST

April 16, 2020

Office of the Governor:

President Issues Guidelines For Re-Opening States

President Donald Trump has issued guidelines for re-opening the State amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were only 11 new positive cases today, and it appears Hawai‘i is flattening the curve, the state currently doesn’t meet the criteria for a phased opening. The guidelines require a downward trajectory of cases for a 14-day period. Gov. Ige said, “We are not there yet, so please continue your hard work and perseverance. We will get through this together.”

 Governor Continues Working on Hawai’i Economic Plan

Gov. Ige and his administration are continuing to look into the economic crisis Hawai‘i is facing. Today the governor said the State expects to have a better financial picture by May, but is projecting a $1.5 billion budget shortfall due to the decrease in tax collections. When commenting on how to make up the funds, Gov. Ige said, “Salary reductions or furloughs are the last thing anyone wants to see happen. I want to assure everyone that we will explore all options before making any decisions about salary reductions for government employees. We have already been looking at cost controls on the expense side. We are also looking at what can be done to access the rainy day fund. This requires action by the State Legislature, and we are in discussions to determine what is possible. We are also looking at using budget reserve funds and federal monies available through the CARES Act.” Gov. Ige also reiterated if there were to be any salary cuts, it will start with him and his cabinet.

Office of the Lieutenant Governor:

Hawaiʻi Telehealth Initiatives 

As the state’s COVID-19 healthcare liaison, I’m working with our healthcare task force to ensure continuity of care, particularly for individuals with chronic underlying conditions. Telehealth or “virtual health” is a great tool for Hawaiʻi residents to take care of their health needs during this time. It allows patients to meet one-on-one with their healthcare provider without leaving home. For providers, it’s a great option for keeping their practice operational during this difficult time.

Basic medical care, psychological appointments, dermatology, post-surgical follow-ups and consultations for other chronic diseases like diabetes can all be handled via telehealth. There are some medical needs that people will need to continue to visit their healthcare provider. If you think telehealth might be right for you, contact your healthcare provider. Always think “Call before you click.”

Thank you to our partners from Queen’s, Kaiser, HMSA, JABSOM and DHS Med-Quest for joining us today. We appreciate your support.

Department of Health:

Eleven New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

Ten (10) adults and one (1) minor are the eleven (11) new cases reported by the DOH as of noon today. Ten (10) of the cases are residents and one (1) is a non-resident. New cases are reported on O‘ahu and Maui.

LABORATORY TESTING DATA

Total Number of Individuals Tested

by Clinical and State Laboratories

Positive

Negative

21,681

539

21,104

38 test results were inconclusive

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 16, 2020

Island of Diagnosis

New Cases

Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation

O‘ahu

4

373

284

Hawai‘i

0

41

30

Maui

3

93

44

Kaua‘i

0

21

16

Moloka‘i

0

2

Included in Maui numbers

Lana‘i

0

0

Included in Maui numbers

Residents Diagnosed outside HI

0

6

 

Unknown**

4

5

 

Total

11

541

 

Total released from isolation

 

 

374

Deaths

0

9

 

** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.

Cluster Investigation Continues at Maui Memorial Medical Center

41 individuals are under investigation as potentially associated with a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). This number includes 26 staff members, 14 patients and one undetermined. The main cluster involves at least 15 staff and eight (8) patients. 195 healthcare personnel and 93 patients have been tested as part of this investigation. While test results for possible new exposures are pending, DOH confirms that the implementation of extensive infection control measures throughout MMMC, reduces concerns for new transmissions events at the facility.

COVID-19 Investigations in Wahiawa

Two healthcare workers at Wahiawa General Hospital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on O‘ahu have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases appear to be unrelated to each other, as well as a past case that occurred in late March. Given the two recent cases occurred within a week of each other, DOH cannot exclude possible association at this time. 12 people associated with the pair of cases have tested negative for the virus. Infection control measures and monitoring by the facility’s infection control preventionist is continuing. At the Wahiawa Center for Community Health, two healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19. DOH has reports of a third worker at the center who had been hospitalized, but it appears that the person was likely exposed while traveling out-of-state, has not had exposure with the other two people, and has not been at work since returning to Hawai‘i.

Update on Kona Restaurant Cases

There is one new positive case associated with the cluster among the McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona. Another employee at the Walmart location has tested positive. DOH is continuing to monitor employees and family members, all of whom are in isolation or quarantine. Both restaurants (at Kona Commons and at Walmart in Kailua-Kona) are temporarily closed. There is low-risk to the public, as only workers or their family members were identified as close contacts.

Household Surveys Planned on Kaua‘i

DOH’s Kaua‘i District Health Office will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, known as a CASPER survey, to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kaua‘i households. Survey teams will go door-to-door, April 22-24, to 30 census tracts that are weighted towards more populated areas within the county. Seven houses within each tract will be systematically selected and surveyed. Survey teams are comprised of DOH staff with support from the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency, Kaua‘i Medical Reserve Corps, and the American Red Cross. Teams will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing will be observed. Participating households can complete the survey over the phone, if preferred. Selected households will be asked about their knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to COVID-19, as well as the financial and mental health impacts on people in their households. Team members will have on vests identifying themselves as part of the DOH-CASPER survey team and will carry identification cards. All survey responses are confidential, and names and addresses won’t be collected.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

764 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday, Including National Guard Soldiers  

Yesterday, 764 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 105 visitors and 480 residents. The returning resident count is particularly high for Wednesday because it includes about 300 National Guard Soldiers who returned from a deployment. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

 

Kona 

Maui 

O‘ahu 

Līhu‘e  

 

Total 

Crew 

 

9

85

6

100

Intended New Resident 

 

 

44

1

45

Resident 

 

23 

437

20 

480

Transit 

 

 

34

 

34

Visitor 

 

7

95

3

105

Grand Total 

0

39

695

30

764

Flights 

0

1

10

1

12

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4446/041620-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

Department of Transportation:

HDOT Temporarily Closes Select Airport Gates, Baggage Claims

The Hawaiʻi Dept. of Transportation has temporarily closed sections of its airports because of low passenger volumes, which are down 99 percent from last year. At the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) the closures include all the B and C gates and nearly half of the baggage claims.

Link to map of baggage claim closures:

https://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/HNL_closures_Floor1_Baggage_20200415.pdf

Link to map of second-floor gate closures:

https://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/HNL_closures_Floor2_Gates_20200408.pdf

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism:

DBEDT is reporting the following interisland passenger numbers for Hawai‘i airports for April 13, 2020.

Departing Airport

HNL

KOA

ITO

OGG

LIH

MMK

LNY

MUE*

 

Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL)

0

156

125

167

189

35

2

0

674

Kona (KOA)

97

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

Hilo (ITO)

97

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

Kahului (OGG)

67

1

1

0

0

19

3

2

93

Līhuʻe (LIH)

67

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

67

Moloka‘i

27

0

0

14

0

0

0

0

41

Lanaʻi (LYN)

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Total Arriving

358

157

126

182

189

54

5

2

1073

 

Department of Defense:

Soldiers Return Home From Deployment

About 300 Soldiers from the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery were reunited with their families yesterday after returning from a nearly year-long deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Soldiers took a chartered flight from Fort Bliss, Texas Wednesday, and were reunited with their families at a National Guard facility. Only two members from each Soldier’s family were allowed to attend and they had to stay inside their cars the entire time to follow social-distancing measures. Video/images of the Soldiers return:  

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/747786/1-487-field-artillery-return-deployment

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6175595/1-487-field-artillery-return-deployment

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/747931/1-487-field-artillery-return-deployment-package 

Hawaiʻi House of Representatives:

Windward Oʻahu Lawmakers Holding Virtual Town Hall

Windward Oʻahu lawmakers will be holding a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about public health. They’ll be joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green discussing the state’s COVID-19 efforts, Dr. Joshua Evans on keeping multi-generational families safe, and Kathleen Rhoads Merriam from DOH talking about mental health practices during this pandemic. At the end of the town hall, there will be a live question and answer via Zoom and Facebook. To watch: www.windwardmenu.com/townhall 

 

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