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HONOLULU — Although a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration is not expected to be widely available until early next year, state and county officials and private-sector partners have already prepared a preliminary plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccination program in the state. More than 150 stakeholders representing more ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health now preparing for statewide COVID-19 vaccination program

Keep keiki safe from lead exposure  HONOLULU – The Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 25-31. DOH encourages healthcare providers and the public to learn more about the effects of lead exposure on children, the many possible sources of lead exposure, and the steps to ...
Read More National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct. 25-31

HONOLULU — The rate of syphilis cases in women and newborns in Hawai‘i has been increasing annually over the past four years, according to the Department of Health. “While we know everyone’s current attention is focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we must also pay close attention to syphilis because of the potential health ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health reports rise in syphilis cases among women and newborns over the past four years

Drive-thru testing clinic will be held on Oct. 24 HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office (MDHO) has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 in residents on the island of Lāna‘i. MDHO was notified of the positive test results today and is actively performing contact tracing and investigation of the cases. Initial ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health confirms four COVID-19 cases on Lāna‘i

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health released updated guidance to elementary, middle and high schools today to help school administrators make decisions to safely transition between different models of learning — virtual classes, traditional classroom learning, or a combination of at-home learning and in-person learning. The guidance is available on the Department of Health’s website ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health releases updated COVID-19 guidance for schools

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health Clean Air Branch (DOH) has issued Notices and Finding of Violation and Orders (NOVOs) against three companies. These companies have or had the option to request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties. Halo Halo, LLC dba Al Phillips Dry Cleaners, in Kailua, O‘ahu was cited ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues fines for air pollution to one O‘ahu company and two Kaua‘i companies

HONOLULU – Although Halloween traditions in Hawai‘i may look different this year, there are still many ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.  This Halloween, the Hawai‘i Department of Health recommends celebrating with your household members at home and avoiding traditional door-to-door trick or treating ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health offers guidance for a safe Halloween

Water remains safe to drink HONOLULU – Trace levels of the chemicals Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) were recently detected in multiple water samples collected at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s Halawa Wells Pumping Station in the Honolulu-Windward-Pearl Harbor water system, but the water is safe to drink. The Halawa Wells Pumping Station ...
Read More Trace levels of contaminants detected in two wells in lower Halawa Heights

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i State Hospital in Kaneohe has reported that one patient and three staff members within the hospital’s admissions unit have tested positive for COVID-19. After the first staff member tested positive last week, the hospital immediately activated its standard protocol to test all of its staff and patients within the hospital’s admissions unit. ...
Read More Hawaii State Hospital’s admissions unit reports four positive COVID-19 cases

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to retail to Hawaiian Ethos LLC on the island of Hawai‘i and Manoa Botanicals LLC, dba Noa Botanicals on O‘ahu, after both passed their final onsite inspections for their third retail facilities. Hawaiian Ethos’ new retail location in Hilo ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves third medical cannabis retail dispensaries for Hawaiian Ethos and Noa Botanicals

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health is administering $14 million to provide more than 200 additional nurses and other specialists for hospitals statewide over the next four months. Some of the out-of-state personnel will begin arriving this weekend. Gov. Ige approved the award of funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund earlier this week. The ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health uses million of CARES Act funding to supplement local staffing in hospitals statewide

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is recognizing drowning prevention efforts across our islands as the state observes Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week on Sept. 20-26. This week is dedicated to Hawai‘i Drowning and Aquatic Injury Prevention Advisory Committee member and long-time water safety advocate Ray Sanborn, who passed away unexpectedly last week. Sanborn ...
Read More Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week is Sept. 20-26

HONOLULU – Preventing the spread of COVID-19 to avoid hospital admissions and ensuring there are sufficient number of beds to care for those affected by the pandemic has been an important priority. The Hawai‘i Department of Health is encouraging everyone, especially vulnerable seniors, to take other precautions to stay healthy and avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.  ...
Read More Department of Health encourages fall prevention and ocean safety during National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools today to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff. The guidance includes metrics school leaders will be able to use when determining how best to respond to ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues school guidance to protect the health of students, teachers and staff

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a red placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei, Maui, because its kitchen was infested with roaches among many other food safety violations and health hazards. The restaurant is currently closed and has been ordered to correct the violations by Sept. 17, when the health department will ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues red placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei, Maui

HONOLULU —  While most of the public’s attention is currently focused on the pandemic, the State Laboratories Division of the Hawai‘i Department of Health is preparing for another potential threat: microbial contamination of food products. Thanks to a $370,000 grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enhance Hawaii’s Food Emergency Response Network ...
Read More Hawaii Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division receives 0,000 FDA grant for food safety

HONOLULU – During the COVID-19 pandemic, taking steps to prevent influenza is more important than ever. Influenza (flu) is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. This year, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is urging all eligible individuals to get a flu shot by the end of October.  ...
Read More Department of Health urges everyone to get a flu shot

HONOLULU — After nearly six weeks of elevated numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, Hawai‘i is beginning to turn the corner and regain control of the spread of the disease on all islands. On July 29, the Hawai‘i Department of Health reported the number of cases had exceeded 100 for the first time. By early August, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health sees decline in COVID-19 cases

HONOLULU – In Hawai‘i, one person dies from suicide every two days. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch, in partnership with the Prevent Suicide Hawai‘i Task Force, is announcing a series of online community events open to the public in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month in Hawai‘i ...
Read More Public invited to attend statewide virtual events to raise awareness of suicide prevention

HONOLULU — “The Grateful ARCH,” an illegal adult residential care home at 4416 Ukali Street in Honolulu, has received a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) following an investigation by the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA). The home is operated by Marina Ulep, who was providing care to two unrelated individuals. ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health orders illegal care home in Honolulu to close and issues a 9,000 fine

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