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Saturday, January 22, 2022
GOP: Reopen the State Capitol
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4810 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, COVID-19

... The word now is that leaders are reconsidering ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Rep Kai Kahele Doubles Down on COVID Lockdowns
By Video @ 4:24 AM :: 2989 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... on the Opening Day of the 30th Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Kahele implores state leaders to act decisively and execute a multi-year statewide strategy to mitigate the pandemic and save lives ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Minimum Wage: Legislature Finishes what COVID Started?
By Heartland Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 4032 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... 60 percent of businesses have been devastated by the pandemic ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
ARPA: Where did $1.6B Go?
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3419 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige today said the State of Hawaiʻi allocated all the $1.6 billion received last May ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Before Pandemic, Spending Exceeded Long-Term Revenue in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:59 PM :: 2704 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Insights From Fiscal 50’s Key Measures of State Fiscal Health ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
DoH Reduces School Quarantine Requirements, HSTA Complains
By News Release @ 1:18 AM :: 2404 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... The HSTA hears that others were being told by the DOH that adults can return after five days “to sustain the workforce” ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UHERO: ​Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 9:20 PM :: 3300 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... the trade-off in temporary losses during the adjustment period is met with significant gains in public health ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
COVID: Hawaii Shutdowns Among Harshest in USA
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 3241 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... The study showed a statistically significant correlation between how severe state governmental actions were in shutting down their economies and negative impacts on employment more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Hawaii offers $25 to inmates who get COVID booster
By Selected News Articles @ 8:14 PM :: 1628 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The incentive is in addition to the $50 inmates can receive if they are fully vaccinated ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Capacity at larger indoor gatherings temporarily restricted through January in response to Omicron
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 2009 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... caps large indoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people at 50% capacity ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
DoT: Hawaii Harbors Reopen to Cruise Ships
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 1987 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... the State of Hawaii will be requiring participation in the State’s Safe Travels digital platform to upload proof of vaccination or negative test results for cruise lines arriving in Hawaii from outside the state ....

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Monday, January 3, 2022
Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 2167 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s website falls short of breaking down what money was spent on beyond the vague spending category descriptions, which leave a lot of gray area ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Does Only One Thing: Suspend Part of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 2761 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
​Maui Revises Definition of 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2813 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... “fully vaccinated” to include getting a booster shot ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
COVID: HSTA Urges Sickout
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 3110 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA encourages all of our members to ensure they stay home from work if they have mild symptoms, notify their health care provider, and get tested right away. HSTA members should know they have the right to request quarantine leave benefits ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
HIDOE schools expected to resume in-person learning following winter break
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 1909 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... With the continued support and guidance from the state Department of Health, the Department remains committed to full in-person learning during the second semester that begins next week ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
DoH Eases COVID Quarantine Rules
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 1639 Views :: COVID-19

... Isolate for at least 5 days and until symptoms are gone.  Continue to wear a mask for five days after isolation ....

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Many UH classes to move online for first two weeks of spring semester
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1802 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... only courses that can be “effectively taught online” will be impacted ....

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Maui No-shows leave COVID-19 test gaps
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2185 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... Personnel at COVID-19 test sites are reporting that many individuals who made appointments are failing to show up as scheduled ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Can We Beat COVID Without Lockdowns?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:11 AM :: 3496 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... If Hawaii follows the same pattern as South Africa, we should experience increasing COVID cases until around New Year’s, followed by a sharp decline .... 

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
New Record: 2,205 COVID Cases in One Day--12.64% of tests positive
By Video @ 6:00 PM :: 2945 Views :: COVID-19

... 12,777 cases are considered to be active as of Dec 26 ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
VIDEO: Trump and O'Reilly Denounce Anti-Vaxxers
By Video @ 6:46 PM :: 3539 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

"“Take credit for it. Take credit for it. You’re playing right into their hands [when you doubt the vaccine].” -- Donald J Trump

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Monday, December 20, 2021
Hawaii--2nd Lowest Job Growth in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 3760 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most from COVID ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
'Affordable Connectivity Program' to Subsidize Broadband for 100,000 in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 2379 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... ACP provides up to $30 a month off internet service bills ....

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Saturday, December 18, 2021
State Closing COVID Quarantine Facilities -- Says Delta, Omicron too Fast
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 1847 Views :: COVID-19

... The Delta and Omicron variants are highly transmissible. It is likely anyone who tests positive will have infected household members by the time they get test results. Therefore, they are advised to self-isolate at home ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
COVID is back: 797 New Cases Today--None backlogged
By Video @ 4:59 PM :: 1886 Views :: COVID-19

...  Ige said there were no backlog cases in the 797 infections reported today ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 2301 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
First Anniversary of COVID Vaccine in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1927 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19

... 2,439,075 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Hawai‘i. DOH estimates 73.2% of the state’s population has received either two doses ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
How Consumer Debt in Hawaii Changed During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... In Hawaii, the median amount of debt in collections fell from $1,999 to $1,926 between February and October, 2020 ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
COVID Funds Buy Buildings for Non-Profits
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2463 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, COVID-19

... a small apartment complex for low to moderate income renters being managed by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Pandemic Relief Money Can Go Into Our Pockets
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2421 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... we can grab for 21 hours of 'professional development' or college loan relief or something ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Union Contract Supersedes COVID Emergency Orders
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2490 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA, employer file arguments on HSTA’s prohibited practice complaint decision pending by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
COVID: UH Faculty Win Six More Months of Telework
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 2221 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... Teleworking UH Faculty will be exempt from requirements to submit work plans through June 30, 2022 ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
COVID Brings More Students to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2356 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Hawaii colleges and universities saw a 3.3% increase in students transferring to their institutions amid the pandemic ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Omicron? DoH Investigating COVID Cluster at Gay Nightclub
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 2687 Views :: COVID-19

... All patrons who visited Scarlet Honolulu since December 3 are advised to get tested ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
COVID Recovery: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 PM :: 2414 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... 38 states had unemployment claims last week that were lower than before the pandemic -- Hawaii isn't one of them ....

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Monday, December 6, 2021
Two More Omicron Cases Detected in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 3390 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... WHO says no deaths reported from Omicron yet as Covid variant spreads ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Ending Government by Fiat
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a “state of emergency,” which causes the Governor’s powers to kick in, is supposed to terminate automatically after sixty days ....

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Friday, December 3, 2021
What Hawaii must do to recover financially
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:35 PM :: 2231 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Road Map to Prosperity ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
DBEDT: State Economic Performance Better Than Expected
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2483 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.9 percent, up from the 2.7 percent projected in August  ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Meals & Mahalo Nui to the Heroes of the Pandemic
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 PM :: 1968 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Zip codes with a high concentration of Native Hawaiian residents became “hot zones” ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Slightly Lower Vaccination Numbers After State DOH Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1620 Views :: COVID-19

... While this slightly lowers Hawai‘i’s percentage of completed vaccinations from 72.5% to 71.1%, it provides a more accurate picture of the state’s vaccination effort ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
October, 2021 Visitor Spending Down 15.3% from 2019
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2459 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... A total of 550,781 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in October 2021, mainly from the U.S. West and U.S. East. ...

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Friday, November 26, 2021
Safest States During COVID: Hawaii Ranks 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 2424 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... but Hawaii has the highest transmission rate in USA ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Blangiardi Eases COVID Restrictions
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 2285 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Honolulu is improving the Safe O‘ahu Response Plan to allow more flexible operations for businesses, while still requiring Safe Access O‘ahu for higher risk activities ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
COVID: Ige allows counties to go their own way
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1745 Views :: COVID-19

... As of Dec. 1, the counties will no longer be required to obtain the approval of the governor or the director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) prior to issuing county emergency orders ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2276 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
State Democratic Party Chair Announces Plan to Avert Anti-Vaxxer Takeover of Party
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 AM :: 3771 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, COVID-19

... Tyler Dos Santos Tam wants to have his candidacy and keep his Chairmanship too ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
​Kalihi Uka Elementary hosts first HIDOE school-based vaccination clinic for elementary students
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 1841 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... More than 100 public schools are registered to host vaccination clinics in the coming weeks ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
DoH Orders Embry Health to Stop COVID Testing
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 10047 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... After learning that Embry Health was collecting specimens for COVID-19 tests in Hawai‘i, DOH made repeated attempts to work with Embry Health to secure the necessary certification or approval. Embry Health withdrew its application for certification on October 19....

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