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RECENT SPIKE IN CASES MOSTLY COMMUNITY-ASSOCIATED, JUNE 18, 2020

News Release from Hawaii DoH, Jun 18, 2020

(Honolulu) – The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health (DOH) is reporting an additional 18 cases of COVID-19 today, all of which were diagnosed in Honolulu. 15 of these new cases are in Hawai‘i residents and the residency of the other three remains under investigation.

“This spike in cases and other recent daily spikes have been expected as people begin to move around more freely and more businesses are reopening,” said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist. She continued, “It’s important to point out, that the vast majority of the cases we’re seeing in the state are being spread by what we call community-associated infection. Only a handful of recent cases have been detected in travelers, known as travel-associated infection.”

Health experts and state leaders are daily reminding Hawai‘i residents to continue with safe practices, including physical distancing, use of face masks, hand washing and staying home when sick. “These steps altogether,” Dr. Park explains, “are the single best things each and every one of us can and should do, not only to protect our own health, but the health of all of our loved ones and particularly our kupuna.”

At the Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on O‘ahu, a total of ten (10) cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. Two are workers at the facility and the other eight are residents. Hale Nani implemented aggressive infection control measures as an immediate response to the initial case. Active monitoring and repeat testing is being performed, as recommended by DOH, for all residents and staff. So far 307 tests of staff have come back negative. All but one of the cases identified at the facility, to date, are in people who reside in or work on a single unit.

Dr. Sarah Kemble, Deputy State Epidemiologist explained, “When there has been exposure in a healthcare setting like this, resulting increase in infections are possible and unfortunate, but not unexpected. We could continue to see a number of new cases over the next two weeks.” She went onto to explain that the DOH response has been tiered and focused first on getting residents and workers in the affected unit tested first, followed by testing for the entire facility, and then repeat (serial) testing.

The Hawai‘i House of Representatives confirmed today that a person working at the State Capitol is one of those who tested positive for COVID-19. House leaders say the person wore a mask at work and stayed home when symptoms first developed, so the risk of infection to others is low. The state legislature is scheduled to go back into session next Monday, June 22, though the State Capitol will remain closed to the public.

The health department’s investigation of this case is ongoing. It’s working closely with the legislature to address all concerns and to ensure any close contacts of the positive case are in quarantine and being monitored.

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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Cases

News Release from Hawaii DoH, Jun 18, 2020

On 6/18/2020, the Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 18 new positive cases on O‘ahu for a cumulative total of 762 cases statewide (reported since 2/28/2020).

A total of 65,744 individuals have been tested in the state. (1,370 new tests)

Detailed information and data about COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i is available at:

Latest Cases in Hawai'iCurrent Situation in Hawai'i  | COVID-19 Data Dashboard

LATEST CASES IN HAWAI‘I

MORE DETAILS

Total cases:762 (18 newly reported)

Hawai’i County:83

Honolulu County:526

Kaua’i County:21

Maui County:120†

Pending:0

Residents diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i:12

Required Hospitalization:95‡ (no new hospitalizations)

Hawaii deaths:17 (no new deaths)

Released from Isolation:640§ (one released)

Cumulative totals as of 12:00pm, June 18, 2020

†One case is a Lanai resident whose exposure is on Maui Island and who will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim.

‡Includes Hawaii residents hospitalized out of state.

§Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria (Isolation should be maintained until at least 3 days (72 hours) after resolution of fever and myalgia without the use of antipyretics OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, whichever is longer). (The cases that have died and one case that has left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts).

Positive cases include presumptive and confirmed cases, and Hawaii residents and non-residents; data are preliminary and subject to change. Note that CDC provides case counts according to states of residence. 

HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

DAILY NEWS DIGEST

  June 18, 2020

 

 

Governor’s Office:

Governor, County Mayors Answer Questions on Facebook Live

Gov. Ige was joined by all four county mayors during today’s Community Connection session to discuss how reopening businesses has been going and answering questions from residents. The governor noted the increase in cases Hawai‘i has seen, including Thursday’s count of 18 positive cases. However, Gov. Ige said the state has been anticipating the increase in cases as the economy reopens, and he reassured everyone that the DOH has increased capacity for testing and contact tracing. The state leaders also discussed how COVID-19 has changed the ways in which Hawai‘i conducts business. Both Derek Kawakami of Kaua‘i County and Mike Victorino of Maui County pointed out the counties have been able to adapt to doing more online work and conducting fewer in-person meetings. Mayor Victorino said, “It’s changing and it’s the new normal we need to look at.” All mayors are also looking at when to reopen DMVs so there won’t be major backlogs, though most agreed physical distancing will be a challenge.

 

This is the second Facebook Live, Gov. Ige and all four county mayors have participated in as part of a “Community Connection” feature that the governor hosts on his Facebook page. Numerous leaders across the state participate to keep people informed during the pandemic. https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/

 

Department of Health:

New Case Count of 18 Additional

DOH reports a total of 18 additional cases of COVID-19 today, with all of them diagnosed on O‘ahu. All but one of the cases are adults and at this time 15 are identified as Hawai‘i residents with the remaining three (3) still under investigation. There are now ten (10) confirmed cases of coronavirus at the Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Honolulu (2 healthcare workers & 8 residents). All but one of these cases resided or worked on a single unit in the facility. So far, 307 staff, tested from other areas of the facility, have received negative COVID-19 test results.

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, June 18, 2020

Island of Diagnosis

New Cases

Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation*

O‘ahu

18

526

426

Hawai‘i

0

83

81

Maui

0

118

111

Kaua‘i

0

21

20

Moloka‘i

0

2

2

Lana‘i

0

0

0

Residents Diagnosed outside HI

0

12

 

Unknown

0

0

 

Total

18

762

 

Total released from isolation

 

 

640

Deaths

0

17

 

* Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria.

 

Laboratory* Testing Data

There were 1,370 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.

 

Total Number of Individuals Tested

by Clinical and State Laboratories

Positive

Negative

65,744**

760

64,970

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting  **14 test results were inconclusive

Hawaiicovid19.com

 

 

 

For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

 

 

Recent Spike in Covid-19 Cases Mostly Community-Associated

“This spike in cases and other recent daily spikes have been expected as people begin to move around more freely and more businesses are reopening,” said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist. She continued, “It’s important to point out, that the vast majority of the cases we’re seeing in the state are being spread by what we call community-associated infection. Only a handful of recent cases have been detected in travelers, known as travel-associated infection.”

 

Health experts and state leaders are reminding Hawai‘i residents daily to continue with safe practices, including physical distancing, use of face masks, hand washing and staying home when sick. “These steps altogether,” Dr. Park explains, “are the single best things each and every one of us can and should do, not only to protect our own health, but the health of all of our loved ones and particularly our kupuna.”

 

Dr. Sarah Kemble, Deputy State Epidemiologist explained, “When there has been exposure in a healthcare setting like this, resulting increase in infections are possible and unfortunate, but not unexpected. We could continue to see a number of new cases over the next two weeks.” She went onto to explain that the DOH response has been tiered and focused first on getting residents and workers in the affected unit tested first, followed by testing for the entire facility, and then repeat (serial) testing. Read the full news release here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid19-joint-information-center-news-release-recent-spike-in-cases-mostly-community-associated-june-18-2020/

 

Hawai‘i House of Representatives:

The Hawai‘i House of Representatives confirmed today that a person working at the State Capitol is one of those who tested positive for COVID-19. House leaders say the person wore a mask at work and stayed home when symptoms first developed, so the risk of infection to others is low. The state legislature is scheduled to go back into session next Monday, June 22, though the State Capitol will remain closed to the public.

 

The health department’s investigation of this case is ongoing. It’s working closely with the legislature to address all concerns and to ensure any close contacts of the positive case are in quarantine and being monitored.

 

Hawai‘i State Senate:

Attorney General Seeks New Authority for Emergencies

At a hearing today of the State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19, Attorney General Clare Connors said her office is seeking a new statute that will give the head of the Dept. of Health the ability to declare a public health emergency. This will be based on the director’s surveying of conditions, and Connors told legislators that the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the need to be prepared and to be flexible. She also asked senators to establish a Traveler Screening Special Fund to pay for everything needed for screening of visitors and returning residents. The proposal calls for any fines collected from violators to be added to this special fund. DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson and State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park also provided information at the hearing.

 

Senator Dela Cruz Asks Governor to Consider Pooled Testing for Travelers

The Chair of the Ways and Means Committee and Special Committee on COVID-19, sent a letter to Governor David Ige encouraging the state to consider pooled testing of incoming travelers to Hawai‘i to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Senator Donovan Dela Cruz says pooled testing would allow the state to test more travelers using fewer tests and allow for testing of pre-symtomatic and asymptomatic patients who do not have a fever at their time of arrival.  

“I am hoping that as we keep the screening and quarantine in place, that the state would also develop alternatives to the quarantine in ensuring the health and safety of our community,” Chair Dela Cruz wrote. “Alternatives may include government authorized travel bubbles, taking tests upon arrival, and others that still need to be identified and researched. ‘Pool testing’ may be a consideration.”

 

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:

Hawai‘i’s Unemployment Rate at 22.6% in May

DLIR announced Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 22.6 percent compared to the revised rate of 23.8 percent in April. Statewide, 490,700 were employed and 143,150 unemployed in May for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 633,850. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 13.3 percent in May, down from 14.7 percent in April. To view the full report:  http://labor.hawaii.gov/blog/category/news/

 

State Issues $1,577,182,720 in Benefits Since March 1

The State has issued a total of $1,577,182,720 since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. DLIR Deputy Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio said “Ninety percent (90%) of the valid unemployment insurance claims that have come in since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been processed and paid out by the DLIR. We also have 12,876 clean claims ready for payment of benefits by filing weekly claim certifications at https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/.”  A total of 234,398 claims have been filed statewide.

 

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

1,516 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday

Today marks 12 weeks since the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Yesterday, a total of 1,516 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 418 visitors and 471 returning residents. There was a total of 17 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday but does not show interisland travel.

 

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020

 

KONA

MAUI

O‘AHU

LĪHUʻE

TOTAL

Crew

 

12

171

6

189

Transit

 

 

95

 

95

Military

 

 

143

 

143

Exempt

 

 

104

 

104

Relocate to Hawai‘i

 

3

89

4

96

Returning Resident

 

60

403

8

471

Visitor

 

52

341

25

418

GRAND TOTAL

0

127

1,346

43

1,516

Flights

0

2

14

1

17

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4744/061820-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

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