- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
The Hawai’i Department of Health (HDOH) has been working with Hawaii’s healthcare facilities to facilitate the development of antimicrobial stewardship capacity in our state since 2016. After COVID-19 taking all our efforts, we are ready to refocus and continue our support to your Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP). We are happy to partner once again with Roy Alan Goo, Associate Professor and Pharmacy Practice Department Chair from Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, to assist us with antibiotic guidance and updates. Join us Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:00am for a discussion of previous and current challenges, where your program is and your goals for 2021 as ASP leaders.
- New Vaccine Administration Data Now Available
The Department of Health’s Data Page has a new data set showing how much vaccine has been administered in Hawaii. It will be updated weekly on Wednesdays. View the new Vaccine Data here.
- DOH to shift data window
DOH will shift its data window this weekend. This adjustment will change the time regular updates are available on the COVID-19 dashboard at https://hawaiicovid19.com. Daily updates on the dashboard will appear at 12 p.m. rather than the current 3 p.m. time.
This change will also mean no new data, including the number of new COVID-19 cases, will be available on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. The data that would be reported Sunday at 3 p.m. under the current schedule will now be reported Monday at 12 p.m.
This additional time provides DOH and its partners a more sustainable data timeline and allows for greater accuracy in reporting COVID-19 statistics. It also makes Hawai‘i’s data timeline more consistent with the timeline of other states, counties, and municipalities across the country.
- Project Firstline
The Hawaii Department of Health has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and other partners to bring Project Firstline to our frontline workers. Every frontline healthcare worker deserves to understand infection control principles and protocols and fell they can confidently apply them to protect themselves, their facility, their family and their community. CDC’s new infection control training collaborative, Project Firstline, is designed to help every frontline healthcare worker gain that knowledge and confidence.
- New Metrics for School Reopening
The Hawaii Department of Health has partnered with schools, school nurses, pediatricians, and other partners as they work to apply school learning model thresholds in their communities. Based on the feedback received, the Department of Health has published new thresholds and guidance on a new School Guidance page.
- Recent Case Clusters
We have seen several recent case clusters surrounding social activities such as break room gatherings, work pot-lucks, and other social gatherings. We suspect and in some cases have confirmed these cases are related to inconsistent mask wearing and lack of physical distancing.
- Mask Wearing and More Clusters
We continue to see cases associated with the remaining bars that are still open. It is difficult to wear a mask while drinking and as people become impaired, they naturally stop physically distancing and begin to congregate together. We have heard reports that people are still doing rigorous activities in gyms while wearing masks. This may be contributing to spread of infection as the consistency of mask wearing is unclear, specifically if they are worn all the time or correctly. The effectiveness of mask wearing while the mask is wet with sweat or vapor is unclear at this time. Some gyms have done a good job with rigorous protocols for cleaning, spacing etc., while others are problematic as we’ve seen in, for example, a circuit gym cluster. Lastly and especially, we continue to see COVID-19 clusters involving parties or gatherings in private homes (e.g., birthday party, funeral, religious gather etc.). These gatherings have no masking and no distancing, mostly involving families and friends.