What the Hawaii Department of Health is Doing

Update on May 2, 2022:

Surveillance and Detection

  • Laboratories are strongly encouraged to report all COVID-19 test results to the Hawaii Department of Health.
  • Healthcare providers are not required to report COVID-19 cases 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

  • Case investigators may interview cases to find out if the person became infected in Hawaii or while visiting another area.
  • Investigators advise the case to isolate from others while they are contagious.
  • Summary Guidance for COVID-19 Cases and Contacts.

Close Contacts

  • Close contacts of cases who develop symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.

Preparation and Prevention

  • We issue advisories for the medical community to inform hospitals and providers on current COVID-19 recommendations.
  • We communicate 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.