Update on May 2, 2022: Contact tracers are focusing their attention on priority groups including COVID-19 clusters associated with schools and high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities. We will continue offering general and setting-specific guidance to help protect vulnerable populations.
The Department of Health follows three principles in making reopening recommendations.
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
- Case investigators interview the case 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
- Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (PDF)
- Investigators work with the case to identify anyone with whom they have had close contact while they were contagious
- Close contacts that were identified are notified by either the case or the contact tracer and instructed to remain at home (self-quarantine) for 10 days
- Stopping COVID-19 in its tracks – What does a contact tracer do?
- 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.