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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Cases

News Release from Hawaii DoH, April 29, 2020

On 4/29/2020, the Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 4 new positive cases for a cumulative total of 613 cases statewide (reported since 2/28/2020). Three (3) of the cases are on O'ahu and 1 is a resident who is out of state.

A total of 29,757 individuals have been tested in the state.  (1,180 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:613 (4 newly reported)

Hawai’i County:70

Honolulu County:399

Kaua’i County:21

Maui County:115‡

Pending:0

Residents diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i:8

Required Hospitalization:69 (no new hospitalizations)

Hawaii deaths:16 (no new deaths)

Released from Isolation:516 (11 released today)

Cumulative totals as of 12:00pm, April 29, 2020

‡One case is a Lanai resident who’s exposure is on Maui Island and who will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim.

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

SA: Hawaii’s coronavirus cases rise by 4 to a total of 613  

NR: HAWAII COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER NEWS RELEASE, FOUR MORE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR QUARANTINE VIOLATIONS, APRIL 29, 2020 

MN: Hospital operator disputes ties to two recent cases

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HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

DAILY NEWS DIGEST

April 29, 2020

Governor’s Office:

Hawai‘i, We Are Almost There

Governor David Ige was cautiously optimistic in remarks delivered at a news briefing this afternoon. “Your hard work, sacrifices, and diligence are paying off,” the governor said. For the past ten days, the state has experienced six or fewer new cases of COVID-19. “The curve has flattened…until there is a vaccine or cure we are not out of the woods, and we still need to remain extremely vigilant,” Governor Ige emphasized. He singled out Kauai Mayor Derick Kawakami’s leadership and the people of the Garden Island for becoming the first island with no new or active cases in two weeks

 

Work to Relax Restrictions and Mandates Underway

With Hawai‘i’s low rate of coronavirus infections, Governor Ige says state and county leaders are looking at easing restrictions and reopening the local economy. He reiterated his earlier pledge that this will happen in phases, based on health data, science and guidance from healthcare advisors. The governor and county mayors are looking at ways to scale back mandates in a cautious, safe and coordinated manner. However, the governor warned, “Please keep in mind that there is a widespread expectation of a second wave of cases, not just here, but on the mainland and worldwide. If we start to see a surge, some of the mandates may have to be reinstated.”

 

Help for Self-Employed and Independent Contractors

The governor announced the launch of a new system to specifically help people are are not typically eligible for regular unemployment benefits. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA was made available through the federal CARES Act. As it is a new program, it comes with new requirements and Governor Ige describes it as a difficult process. He said, “Hawai‘i is one of the first states to bring PUA on line. I’m pleased to announce that starting this week people can begin to submit applications for PUA relief funds.”

pua.hawaii.gov

 

Additional Help for Small Businesses

Payments to businesses under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which has brought more than $2 billion in forgivable loans to the state, will not be subject to the State General Excise Tax (GET). Governor Ige said this will help ensure that funds stay in the hands of small businesses so they can keep people on their payrolls and cover some of their operational expenses. While the state can administratively waive GET, it can’t do the same for income taxes. So in keeping with the federal stance that PPP loans are excluded from federal gross income tax, the Dept. of Taxation will be asking the Hawai‘i State Legislature to pass legislation that permits the state to conform to federal rules. This is expected to provide some relief to the more than 11,000 small businesses that have received PPP loans, with a second round of funding that started on Monday.

 

Lt. Governor’s Office:

Lt. Governor Proclaims, “The Curve is Flat – You Did It!”

During remarks at today’s media briefing Lt. Governor Josh Green thanked everyone in Hawai‘i for doing a great job in practicing social distancing and taking other measures which have greatly flattened the curve of new COVID-19 infections in the state. “We are sad to lose 16 of our loved ones and our hearts are with their families and friends,” Green said.  He added, “Fortunately Hawai‘i is among a few states with the lowest mortality rate. The fact that we share this distrinctrion with really rural states like Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, is a great sign for Hawai‘i. The Lt. Governor cautioned everyone not to become complacent, saying it is likely there will be additional deaths. While the curve has been flattened (four new cases today), people already in the hospital or have chronic conditions could still succumb to COVID-19, even as the number of cases and active disease decreases. Green, the governor’s healthcare liaison, shared the following statewide hospital numbers:

 

 

HOSPITAL BEDS

ICU BEDS

VENTILATORS

TOTAL

2,773

244

459

IN-USE

1,451

101

63

PERCENTAGE

52%

41%

14%

 

Department of Health:

Four Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

Four (4) new cases of coronavirus, included three (3) O‘ahu adults and one (1) Hawai‘i resident diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i have been reported by DOH. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i to 613 since Feb. 28, 2020. As of today, 321 cases are travel-associated, 236 are community-associated, and 56 with risk factors unknown at this time.

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, April 29, 2020

Island of Diagnosis

New Cases

Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

Total Released from Isolation

O‘ahu

3

399

360

Hawai‘i

0

70

53

Maui

0

113

83

Kaua‘i

0

21

20

Moloka‘i

0

2

0

Lana‘i

0

0

0

Residents Diagnosed outside HI

1

8

 

Unknown**

0

0

 

Total

4

613

 

Total released from isolation

 

 

516

Deaths

0

16

 

** 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.

 

Laboratory* Testing Data

Total Number of Individuals Tested

by Clinical and State Laboratories

Positive

Negative

29,757**

611

29,125

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting       **21 test results were inconclusive.

For more tables please visit: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/

 

Maui Memorial Cluster Update

As of yesterday, there are a total of 59 COVID-19 positive cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center. DOH is continuing to monitor this cluster which includes 38 staff and 21 patients.

 

Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance Plan

Dept. of Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson announced today that DOH is preparing to publicly release its comprehensive plan on Disease Surveillance and Investigation. The plan involves the medical community, schools, businesses, community health centers, and clinical laboratories. Anderson said, “Strenghtening our contact tracing capacity will also be key in implementing effective disease containment and control of COVID-19.” DOH is using technology to help streamline the process of contacting positive cases and conducting investigations.

 

New Contact Tracing Digital Tool

DOH is also close to rolling out a new digital tool to follow-up with people who’ve had close contact with a positive case. People will be able to use the application to provide information on their health status and transmit the information securely to DOH. This new application has been used successfully in other states, and DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “We are looking forward to incorporating this application for disease investigation in Hawai‘i.”

 

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Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

494 Passengers Arrive on Tuesday

Yesterday, 494 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 121 visitors and 177 residents. There was a total of 13 arriving flights. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday. The next table details interisland travel.

 

AIRPORT ARRIVALS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 28 2020

 

KONA

MAUI

O‘AHU

LĪHUʻE

TOTAL

Crew

4

 

96

 

100

Intended New Resident

6

 

57

 

63

Resident

17

 

160

 

177

Transit

 

 

33

 

33

Visitor

8

 

109

4

121

GRAND TOTAL

35

0

455

4

494

Flights

1

0

11

1

13

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4490/042920-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

 

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

 

INTERISLAND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR APRIL 26, 2020

Departing Airport

HNL

KOA

ITO

OGG

LIH

MMK

LNY

JHM

MUE

 

Total

Departing

Honolulu (HNL)

0

33

39

87

43

9

2

5

0

218

Kona (KOA)

80

0

0

13

0

0

0

0

0

93

Hilo (ITO)

82

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

82

Kahului (OGG)

  97

1

0

0

0

5

1

0

0

104

Līhuʻe (LIH)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Molokaʻi (MMK)

25

0

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

34

Lānaʻi (LYN)

3

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

6

Kapalua (JHM)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Waimea (MUE)

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Total Arriving

287

34

39

115

43

14

3

5

0

540

https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/covid19/

 

Department of Transportation:

Update on Pride of America

The Pride of America has reduced the number of crew on the ship to approximately 150 people. The remaining crew will sail with the ship when it departs for Oregon to enter dry dock. The scheduled departure date is anticipated for June 20. The ship has maintained communication with the Department of Health, which reports no new cases and the few symptomatic persons have tested negative for COVID-19. The ship has nearly completed two incubation periods from the last exposure. The vessel will remain docked at Pier 11 at Honolulu Harbor until it departs.

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