News Releases

The following press releases are arranged by date with the latest first. For more information about specific press releases call 586-4442.

  • Hawai‘i Department of Health receives initial results from Navy water system tests Dec 3, 2021 - HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) received results of two sets of samples collected from the Navy water system in the last 10 days. On November 24, prior to reports from the public of fuel-like odors in tap water, DOH collected two drinking water samples from the Red Hill water supply shaft. These… Continue Reading
  • DOH examines specimens as possible Omicron cases Dec 3, 2021 - HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) is performing whole genome sequencing on three COVID-19 specimens with molecular clues indicating they may be the Omicron variant. “We remind everyone that wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and getting vaccinated will keep them safe,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. “We can’t… Continue Reading
  • Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects Omicron variant in Hawai‘i Dec 2, 2021 - HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant, has been detected in the islands. “This isn’t reason for panic, but it is reason for concern. It’s a reminder the pandemic is ongoing. We need to protect ourselves by getting vaccinated,… Continue Reading
  • Preliminary results detect petroleum product in Navy water system Dec 1, 2021 - HONOLULU – A preliminary analysis by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) detected petroleum product in water samples from one site on the Navy Water System affected by fuel-like odors. Samples from Red Hill Elementary School were collected Tuesday. They were analyzed at a lab at the University of Hawai‘i and tested positive for a… Continue Reading
  • Hawai‘i Department of Health closes 808 Grindz Cafe in Lahaina because of cockroach infestation Dec 1, 2021 - LAHAINA – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch issued a red “closed” placard and immediately shut down 808 Grindz Café, located at 843 Wainee St. in Lahaina, Maui, due to a cockroach infestation. Both adult and juvenile cockroach activity was observed. The food establishment, operated by 808 Grindz, LLC, received the red placard… Continue Reading

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