Gov. Ige signs 19th coronavirus proclamation with vaccine travel exception, needs HIEMA approval – KHON2



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David Y. Ige | HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST April 9, 2021


HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST April 9, 2021

Posted on Apr 9, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

87 New COVID-19 Cases Reported.

DOH reports 87 new cases of coronavirus today.

This report includes cases up until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. April 7, 2021

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

O‘ahu 67 23,603
Hawai‘i 4 2,561
Maui 11 3,078
Kaua‘i 0 199
Moloka‘i 0 34
Lānaʻi 0 111
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 5 985
Total Cases 87 30,571++
Deaths    0 470

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m., April 8, 2021: Hawai‘i-4, Maui-8, O‘ahu-35, Kaua‘i-0

++As a result of updated information one case on O‘ahu was removed from the counts.

Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates

Department of Transportation:

Summer Travel Volume in Hawai‘i Expected to be 70% of Pre-COVID Pandemic

DOT encourages people planning to fly into or from Hawaiʻi’s airports to prepare for a busy summer travel season. Preliminary visitor statistics show an average of 20,906 passengers arriving daily; approximately 70-percent of pre-COVID numbers.

Given these trends, DOT is recommending that departing travelers follow the tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), such as arriving more than two hours prior to departure and checking baggage to save time at security checkpoints.

Travelers are encouraged to plan and prepare if making trips through Hawai‘i airports, especially during the peak times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All travelers should visit HawaiiCovid19.com before their trip for the latest travel guidance, including links to trusted travel and testing partners and information on what to expect during the post-arrival screening process at Hawaiʻi Airports. More details available in the full news release: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2021/04/09/busy-summer-travel-season-expected/

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:

20,939 Passengers Arrive on Thursday

Yesterday, a total of 20,939 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 14,005 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,438 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

Department of Public Safety:
Statewide Inmate Testing Continues
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The Maui Community Correctional Center’s total active positive inmate cases remain unchanged at two (2). The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center reports 17 negative inmate test results and the Halawa Correctional Facility reports seven (7) negative inmate results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:
http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.

Helpful Resources

Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:

The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners, or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/ 

Email: [email protected]

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/

Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):

https://hawaiicovid19.com/data-dashboard/

Safe Travels Digital Platform:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/

Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting

Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
https://www.mauicounty.gov

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/travel

Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c 
To report violators: 808-935-3311

City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center:

All media inquiries should be directed to the appropriate State department



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David Y. Ige | DOT NEWS RELEASE: BUSY SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON EXPECTED


DOT NEWS RELEASE: BUSY SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON EXPECTED

Posted on Apr 9, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) encourages persons planning to fly into or from Hawaiʻi’s Airports to prepare for a busy summer travel season. Preliminary visitor statistics show an average of 20,906 passengers arriving daily, which is approximately 70-percent of pre-COVID numbers (source: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/dailypax-dashboard/).

Given the current trends, HDOT recommends that departing travelers follow the tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) such as arriving more than two hours prior to departure and checking baggage to save time at security checkpoints. The full TSA release can be found here.

HDOT is anticipating a significant increase in passenger numbers over the summer at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hilo International Airport, and Lῑhuʻe Airport. Travelers are encouraged to plan and prepare if they will be making trips through these airports, especially during the peak times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Travelers departing from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) are also reminded that they may use any of the available TSA checkpoints throughout HNL regardless of their airline or gate. If one checkpoint has a long line, it may be better to go to the next available checkpoint. A map of the nine TSA checkpoints at HNL is available at this link.

All travelers should visit HawaiiCovid19.com before their trip for the latest travel guidance, including links to trusted travel and testing partners and information on what to expect during the post-arrival screening process at Hawaiʻi Airports. HDOT advises that use of an airline participating in the State of Hawaii Pre-Departure Document Check (PDDC) program can expedite this process. Participants in PDDC will be processed before flying to Hawaiʻi. Airlines voluntarily participating in PDDC can validate Safe Travels approved COVID tests and Travel and Health Forms or assist travelers in completing quarantine paperwork. Once validated, a PDDC passenger can depart from the airport after deplaning subject to any requirements of the county. Travelers that do not participate in PDDC must undergo verification of their Safe Travel documentation at Hawaiʻi airports.

All travelers should note that there is a statewide mask mandate requiring everyone age five and up to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public. The mask mandate applies regardless of an individual’s vaccination or COVID testing status. Travelers should also be prepared to wear a face covering onboard their flights and are encouraged to check with their air carrier for information on their COVID protocols.

HDOT continues to offer hand sanitizing stations for use within airport terminals and encourages travelers to work together to create physical distance between themselves and others when possible. With everyone’s assistance and cooperation, we can keep our Airports safe and healthy.

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David Y. Ige | HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST March 12, 2021


HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST March 12, 2021

Posted on Mar 12, 2021 in COVID-19, Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates

66 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

DOH reports 66 new cases of coronavirus today and an additional death involving an O‘ahu man between the ages of 60 to 69 years old, who had an underlying condition, and passed away at home.

This report includes cases up until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. March 10, 2021

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

O‘ahu 30 22,230
Hawai‘i 15 2,317
Maui 20 2,403
Kaua‘i 0 186
Moloka‘i 1 28
Lānaʻi 0 108
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 873
Total Cases 66 28,145++
Deaths    1 449

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 3/10/21 – Hawai‘i-2, Maui 14, O‘ahu-11, Kauaʻi-0

++As a result of updated information, two cases from O‘ahu were removed from the counts.

Department of Public Safety:
Statewide Inmate Testing Continues
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) reports one (1) negative inmate test results and 44 negative staff results. The total active positive inmate count remains unchanged at 35. Although all other facility inmate populations are clear of the virus, mass testing continues with DOH assistance. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center reported 16 negative inmate results and the Halawa Correctional Facility reported four (4) negative results. There were 12 negative inmate test results received for the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center and five (5) negative results at the Kulani Correctional Facility. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:

17,994 Passengers Arrive on Thursday

Yesterday, a total of 17,994 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 12,013 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,075 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

 

Helpful Resources

Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:

The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/ 

Email: [email protected]

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/

Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):

https://hawaiicovid19.com/data-dashboard/

Safe Travels Digital Platform:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/

Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting

Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
https://www.mauicounty.gov

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/travel

Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c 
To report violators: 808-935-3311

City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center:

All media inquiries should be directed to the appropriate State department



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David Y. Ige | HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST March 11, 2021


HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST March 11, 2021

Posted on Mar 11, 2021 in COVID-19, Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

Vaccinations for People 65+ and Phase 1c Begins Next Monday

DOH announced today the extension of vaccine eligibility to people age 65 and older and those who qualify as members of phase 1c beginning on Monday, March 15.

“This is another huge step in the ongoing effort to protect Hawaii residents from COVID-19,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “We will continue to administer vaccines soon after they arrive and are pleased we can now offer shots to more people.”

To date vaccines have been reserved for healthcare workers, those in long-term care facilities, frontline essential workers and people 70 and older. Expanding eligibility to phase 1c allows those age 65 and above, people with high-risk medical conditions and essential workers to be vaccinated.

“We still do not have enough vaccines to get to everyone right away. Everyone will have the opportunity to be vaccinated but phase 1c is a very large proportion of the community, so we ask that people continue to be patient as the vaccination program continues to gain momentum,” Char said. Read the full release:

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/doh-news-release-vaccinations-for-those-65-and-phase-1c-to-begin-monday-march-15/?fbclid=IwAR0B8uXhfvFDTIUvkEuQUXoAnOYbXmgePa_zpM6QcJtj2NxrxVJojNmUUrQ

Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates

60 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

DOH reports 60 new cases of coronavirus today.

This report includes cases up until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. March 9, 2021

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

O‘ahu 30 22,202
Hawai‘i 8 2,302
Maui 18 2,383
Kaua‘i 0 186
Moloka‘i 0 27
Lānaʻi 0 108
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 4 873
Total Cases 60 28,081++
Deaths    0 448

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 3/10/21 – Hawai‘i-0, Maui 15, O‘ahu-12, Kauaʻi-0

++As a result of updated information, two cases from O‘ahu were removed from the counts.

Department of the Attorney General

Three People Arrested for Quarantine Violations

Over the past week, Special Agents from the AG’s Investigations Division arrested three people in two separate incidents for violations of the State’s current COVID-19 quarantine rules.

On March 5th, 32-year-old Jared Logan Chabot of Boseman, Montana left his designated quarantine hotel and subsequently moved to two other Waikīkī area hotels. Last Saturday agents say Chabot went to a fourth hotel and attempted to check in. He was arrested and bail was set at $2,000.

On Wednesday, 56-year-old Christopher Jason Jenkins and his wife May Laura Rogers of Fort Smith, Ohio were arrested for quarantine violations. Agents allege they were assigned to quarantine in Kona when they arrived on March 9, but boarded a flight to Honolulu. In Honolulu they were assigned quarantine by airport screeners. The couple was spotted on video leaving the hotel to go to the beach. When they returned to their Waikīkī hotel they were arrested, and bail was established at $2,000 for each.

Department of Public Safety:
Statewide Inmate Testing Continues
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) reports 37 inmate test results. Of that number, two (2) were positive and 35 were negative. The total active positive inmate count is 35. The facility also reported 28 negative staff results. All other facility inmate populations are clear of the virus. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center reported 16 negative inmate results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:
http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:

14,464 Passengers Arrive on Wednesday

Yesterday, a total of 14,464 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 8,976 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,323 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

Helpful Resources

Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:
The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:
https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/
FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/
Email: [email protected]
Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:
https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/
Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):
https://hawaiicovid19.com/data-dashboard/

Safe Travels Digital Platform:
https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/

Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting
Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
https://www.mauicounty.gov
To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/travel
Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c 
To report violators: 808-935-3311

City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine
Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.
To report violators: 808-723-3900 or [email protected]  

Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Lead Public Information Officer

Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center

[email protected]

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources

Communications Office

[email protected]

(808) 587-0396



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David Y. Ige | DOT News Release: WAIAHOLE BRIDGE IS SAFE TO TRAVEL


DOT News Release: WAIAHOLE BRIDGE IS SAFE TO TRAVEL

Posted on Mar 11, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) makes the following statement regarding speculation on the structural integrity of Waiahole Bridge on Kamehameha Highway.

Crews cleared debris from the bridge piers late Wednesday into early Thursday. We have not observed any conditions that would cause us to be concerned about the structure.

We are aware of pictures of a gap on the bridge being circulated. This is due to settling of the South abutment of the bridge. It is on our schedule to be replaced but does not pose threat of bridge collapse.

Should any State road or bridge be compromised we will advise the public of any concerns.

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David Y. Ige | HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Feb. 23, 2021


HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Feb. 23, 2021

Posted on Feb 23, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom

Governor’s Office:

One Down, One to Go for Governor, First Lady, Cabinet & Staff 

Gov. Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige received their first COVID-19 vaccinations at Washington Place Monday afternoon. They were joined by about 65 cabinet and staff members.

Gov. Ige had delayed his vaccination because of the shortage of vaccines arriving in Hawai‘i. “I felt there was an urgent need to get nursing home residents, our kupuna 75 years and older, healthcare professionals, teachers and other essential workers vaccinated first. I urge Hawai‘i residents to get vaccinated when it’s your turn, and to continue wearing your mask, physically distancing and washing your hands often,” said Gov. Ige.

The governor, first lady, cabinet and staff received the Moderna vaccine and are scheduled for their second dose in late March. The state Department of Health and its community partners administered the vaccinations which are covered by federal CARES Act funds. 

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                 GOV. DAVID IGE                                FIRST LADY DAWN AMANO-IGE

Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

Daily Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates

The chart below will be included in the Daily News Digest, Monday-Friday. A weekly summary is included each Wednesday.

47 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

DOH reports 47 new cases of coronavirus today. The department reported no additional deaths.

This report includes cases up until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. Feb. 21, 2021

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

O‘ahu 27 21,829
Hawai‘i 0 2,234
Maui 17 2,071
Kaua‘i 0 181
Moloka‘i 0 27
Lānaʻi 0 108
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 3 820
Total Cases 47 27,270
Deaths    0 431

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 2/22/21 – Hawai‘i-2, Maui-7, O‘ahu-28, Kauaʻi-0

Department of Public Safety:

Statewide Inmate Testing Continues

COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. MCCC reported 24 inmate test results. Of that number, two (2) were positive and 22 were negative. That brings the total active inmate cases to 26. MCCC also reported 27 negative staff results. All other correctional facility inmate populations remain clear of the virus. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) reports 33 negative inmate test results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:

http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:

10,140 Passengers Arrive on Monday

Yesterday, a total of 10,140 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 5,379 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,598 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

Helpful Resources

Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:

The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/ 

Email: [email protected]

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/

Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):

https://hawaiicovid19.com/data-dashboard/

Safe Travels Digital Platform:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/

Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting

Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
https://www.mauicounty.gov

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/travel

Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c 
To report violators: 808-935-3311

City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine

Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.
To report violators: 808-723-3900 or [email protected]  

Media Contact:

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center

(808) 636-8194 

[email protected]



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David Y. Ige | OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – NEWS RELEASE: Hawaiʻi expands pre-travel testing program to Korea


OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – NEWS RELEASE: Hawaiʻi expands pre-travel testing program to Korea

Posted on Jan 27, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom

State announces four trusted testing partners in Korea

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced today that starting Friday, Feb. 5, travelers from Korea may bypass the State of Hawaiʻi’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in Korea. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test result must be negative.

In addition to the state’s program, effective January 26, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.

For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaiʻi, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners  will be accepted for purposes of by-passing the state’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

On January 21, 2021, the President of the United States issued an executive order requiring, among other things, that masks must be worn at airports and on airplanes. The federal government is also contemplating additional measures relating to periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation and/or testing after entry into the United States. For the time being, the state is making no changes to the Safe Travels program.

“The pre-travel testing program is just one layer of the state’s comprehensive Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, which has served us well in protecting our residents and visitors. We are excited to safely welcome back travelers from Korea,” said Gov. David Ige.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu welcomed the launch of this program, saying that it will contribute to expanding people to people exchanges between Korea and Hawaiʻi while taking necessary safety measures.

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has approved the use of the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) conducted by a laboratory authorized by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) in Korea, for the pre-travel test. The following four trusted testing partners in Korea have been approved as of today:

“We look forward to welcoming our friends and family traveling from Korea and appreciate everyone’s efforts to travel safely with a pre-test. The Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program has allowed our state to restore hope and some economic recovery while balancing the health and safety of our residents and visitors,” said Hawaiʻi’s Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

“We continue to inform visitors before and after they arrive in the Hawaiian Islands to make them more mindful and aware about their responsibility to keep themselves and our residents safe,” said John De Fries, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. “HTA will work with Hawai‘i Tourism Korea to expand collaboration with airlines, and will also work with Korea’s leading industry and brand partners to develop sustainable travel themes to Hawai‘i that comply with our State’s travel policies and guidelines.”

“We welcome the international expansion of the pre-travel testing program to South Korea. It will enable more guests to travel on our Incheon-Honolulu flights and help generate important economic activity for our state while keeping our communities safe,” said Theo Panagiotoulias, senior vice president of global sales and alliances at Hawaiian Airlines.

Korean nationals traveling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. Travel restrictions on U.S. travel to Korea remain in place.

For more information visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/ and https://www.gohawaii.com/kr/special-alerts-information-korean.

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

[email protected]

 

Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

[email protected]



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David Y. Ige | HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Jan. 19, 2021


HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Jan. 19, 2021

Posted on Jan 19, 2021 in COVID-19, COVID-19 News Releases, Latest News, Newsroom

Governor’s Office:

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

At a news briefing today, Governor Ige gave an update on Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The governor emphasized that the state is moving as quickly as possible with the distribution process and reminded everyone that Hawai‘i is constrained by federal allocation of the vaccine. Gov. Ige said, “We are in a situation where the demand for the vaccine exceeds our supply. We are happy there is high demand for the vaccine and will ensure that we are using all of the doses allocated to Hawai‘i.” He also added, “Until the vaccine is widely administered, I am asking everyone to maintain our vigilance and continue the safe practices that have made Hawaiʻi a leader in containing the spread of COVID-19: wearing masks, washing hands and watching your distance. By doing this, and getting vaccinated when it’s our turn, we can protect public health, revive the economy, and strengthen our communities.”

Lt. Governor’s Office:

COVID-19 Case Counts, Number of Vaccine Doses Arriving in Hawaii

At the same briefing, Lt. Governor Josh Green gave an update on Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 case count, saying the state currently has a seven-day average daily case count of 122.3, and a 2.54% positivity rate. Hospitalization numbers have also dropped from 105 to 95.

Regarding vaccine distribution, LG Green added that DOH received more than 58,000 vaccine doses last week and is expecting roughly 33,400 doses to come in by Thursday. Dr. Elizabeth Char, DOH director, said that 19,000 of those doses are ‘first-time’ doses, the rest are ‘second’ doses. Green said, “We have been completing roughly 18,000 first doses each week. Those numbers will increase with the distribution set-ups we have. Over the weekend a successful point of distribution (POD) at UH vaccinated roughly 600 people” The lieutenant governor also asked that people step aside to let kupuna and frontline workers receive their vaccinations first. He added that the state hopes to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1a and 1b by the end of February 2021. The first phase includes:

  • 50,000 healthcare workers and 10,000 kupuna in care homes in Phase 1a.
  • 109,000 kupuna 75+ years of age and 50,000 frontline workers in Phase 2b.
  • 148,000 individuals 65+ years of age in Phase 1c.

Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii/

65 COVID-19 Cases and Two Deaths Reported

DOH reports 65 new cases of coronavirus today and two (2) additional deaths, raising the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 324.

Deaths:

Oʻahu

1 woman, 90-99 yrs, underlying conditions, hospitalized

1 man, 80-89 yrs, underlying conditions, hospitalized

This report includes cases up until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control website at noon each day at hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 17, 2021

Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since

2/28/2020

(including new cases)

O‘ahu 45 20,018
Hawai‘i 6 2,088
Maui 9 1,487
Kaua‘i 0 175
Moloka‘i 0 25
Lānaʻi 0 106
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 5 647
Total Cases 65 25,546++
Deaths    2 324

Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 1/15//21 – Hawai‘i-5, Maui-12, O‘ahu-91, Kaua’i‘-0

++ As a result of updated information, one case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts.

Department of Public Safety:

Inmate and Staff Testing Continues

The Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) reports 10 more inmates recovered over the holiday weekend. That drops the total active inmate cases to 63 and increases total inmate recoveries to 480. There are six (6) hospitalized HCF inmates. Of the 24 HCF staff results reported over the weekend one (1) was positive and 23 were negative. There was one (1) HCF staff recovery reported today. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) reported 21 negative inmate results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:

http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:

7,365 Passengers Arrive on Monday

Yesterday, a total of 7,365 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 3,161 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,498 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.

To view more: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/

Department of Land and Natural Resources:

Another Large Beach Gathering Where Most Were in Violation of COVID Rules

Saturday night, DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers broke up a gathering of an estimated 200 people at Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline in east O’ahu. No one was arrested or cited as officers concentrated on getting people out of the park prior to a planned bonfire.

Following this incident and numerous others, in State parks during the coronavirus pandemic, DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla had this stern warning. “People are putting themselves and others at risk of getting seriously ill or even dying from COVID-19 by attending any of these so-called ‘super spreader’ events.” Few if any of the participants were wearing masks and no one appeared to be practicing social distancing.

Under current COVID rules on O’ahu, it’s illegal to gather in groups of more than five. At all times, large gatherings in any State park is against the law without a permit from the DLNR Division of State Parks. A bar table was set up at Kaiwi. Alcohol is prohibited in all State parks as is having open fires on a beach.

Sections and entire State parks on Maui and Kaua’i have been closed during the pandemic after repeated warnings to large semi-organized groups of beach goers to stop breaking the laws and rules.  Anyone who sees suspected illegal activity in State Parks, small boat harbors, or on trails and forests under DLNR jurisdiction is urged to call 643-DLNR or use the free DLNRTip app.

Read the full news release here:
https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2021/01/17/nr21-008/

Helpful Resources

Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:

The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/

Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

FAQs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/ 

Email: [email protected]

Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII

COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/

Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332

COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):

https://hawaiicovid19.com/data-dashboard/

Safe Travels Digital Platform:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/

Trans-Pacific Passenger Arrivals Statistics:

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/trans-pacific-passenger-arrivals/ 

Kaua‘i County:
Kaua‘i COVID-19 webpage: https://www.kauai.gov/COVID-19
To report violators: https://www.kauai.gov/KPD-Online-Reporting

Vaccine Information: https://www.kauai.gov/vaccine

Maui County:
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
https://www.mauicounty.gov

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]

Hawai‘i County:
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/travel

Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c 
To report violators: 808-935-3311

City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  http://www.oneoahu.org/vaccine

Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.
To report violators: 808-723-3900 or [email protected]  

Media Contact:

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center

(808) 636-8194 

[email protected]



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Ige, Roth express concerns about uniform COVID-19 travel rules for state


Gov. David Ige and Mayor Mitch Roth both expressed misgivings about state House Speaker Scott Saiki’s plans to introduce legislation to establish statewide COVID-19 travel rules, which Saiki said would reduce confusion for residents and tourists.

Speaking Friday during a Facebook Live stream, Ige said a one-size-fits-all approach to each county for travel rules doesn’t allow counties the flexibility to take into account their own situations in regard to the coronavirus and its effect on tourism, and vice versa.

“I do think that flexibility is important, and we do see very different conditions in each of the counties,” Ige said. “For example … Kauai has the fewest hospital beds and ICU units, so they definitely are concerned about any kind of increase in cases, because it can very easily overwhelm the hospitals there. You know, versus Oahu, which we do have thousands of hospital rooms here, and definitely can handle more cases.

“ … The current system, as it exists, does allow me to issue statewide orders that impacts everyone, but also allows the flexibility that we can take appropriate action in each of the counties to respond to what we see happening in the community.”

A bill calling for a uniform travel policy “would not allow for the kinds of exemptions that we are currently seeing, such as on Kauai,” Saiki told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last week. “The statewide travel policy should be consistent and apply to all counties to avoid confusion and to help prop up our entire statewide economy.”

Kauai had opted out of the state’s Safe Travels program, but on Tuesday modified its rules to allow travelers who have been in the state for three days to participate in the Safe Travels program when traveling to the Garden Isle.

Kauai also has started a “resort bubble” program, allowing travelers who take a pre-travel test to quarantine for three days at approved properties and then take a post-travel test. Those with negative test results are released from quarantine.

The reasons Saiki listed for the need for a law to set statewide rules include avoiding confusion among incoming travelers, a lack of data showing travel is a predominant cause of the coronavirus infections in Hawaii, and the role travel plays in the state’s economy.

The numbers of new coronavirus cases statewide spiked at the end of last week. On Thursday, there were 322 new cases reported statewide, with 18 of those on the Big Island. On Friday, there were 264 new cases statewide, 10 in Hawaii County.

“We anticipated that there would be an increase with the holidays and the increased holidays. It was expected but obviously concerning,” Ige said. “You know, we are tracking that and monitoring hospitalizations. … We want to make sure we don’t want to get overrun, that we don’t have to ration care or do those kinds of things that really put our community at risk.”

Ige said the clear majority of new cases “definitely is residents.”

“The numbers of cases that are tied to visitors continue to be, relatively, a small percentage of the cases we are seeing,” he said.

Roth told the Tribune-Herald Friday he has “mixed feelings” about Saiki’s proposed legislation.

“It would be nice if we all had the same rules but, you know, every county is different. We have different needs and different concerns right now,” Roth said. “Kauai has very few hospital beds, so if their hospitalizations go up by just a few people, they’re heavily impacting their hospitals. We have a much larger island, but we still don’t have that many hospital beds. And (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) we had two (COVID-19 patients) in our hospitals.

“As the numbers go up, as we see those numbers go out of control, we may need to take the same tack that Kauai has taken. We have a secondary (post-arrival) testing program that seems to be working pretty well. It’s not perfect, but we’re catching a lot of people at the airport, and we’re keeping our numbers down.”

Both Ige and Roth also expressed concern about variant strains of the coronavirus that were first detected in England and have now been found in various parts of the mainland U.S.

Saiki said he expects opposition from individual counties about making uniform, statewide travel rules.

Saiki also is likely to introduce legislation allowing inbound passengers to take a COVID-19 test at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu if they do not have a negative test before landing. Passengers testing negative would not be subject to quarantine, he said.

Passengers without negative test results currently are required to submit to a 10-day quarantine.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.





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