What the Hawaii Department of Health is Doing
The Department of Health will follow three principles in making reopening recommendations, they can be found in the Public Health Framework for Reopening.
Surveillance and Detection
- Healthcare providers and laboratories are required to report all cases of COVID-19 to the Hawaii Department of Health
- Trends and patterns in disease occurrence are identified using existing disease surveillance programs
- COVID-19 Sentinel Surveillance – Monitoring the virus with testing
Case Investigation and Isolation
- Experienced disease investigators interview the case to find out if the person became infected in Hawaii or while visiting another area.
- Investigators make sure that the case is isolated from others while they are contagious
- Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (PDF)
- Investigators work with the case to identify anyone with whom they have had close contact while they were contagious
- All close contacts are notified by the investigators and instructed to remain at home (self-quarantine) for 14 days
- Stopping COVID-19 in its tracks – What does a contact tracer do?
- Stopping COVID-19 in its tracks – What is Contact Tracing?
Monitoring Close Contacts
- Investigators conduct daily check-ins with close contacts, asking them if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 infection
- Close contacts of cases who develop symptoms are advised to be tested for COVID-19
Preparation and Prevention
- We are issuing weekly Advisories for the medical community to advise hospitals and providers on infection control recommendations and are prepared to detect and treat patients with COVID-19.
- We are communicating regularly with local partners in the travel industry and schools to address concerns and ensure the latest and most accurate guidance and information are being shared with their staff.