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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Harm Reduction Services Branch announced that Heather Lusk will receive the 2022 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award. Heather is being honored for her outstanding contributions to increasing access to HIV/AIDS services in Hawai‘i. “Heather has dedicated her career to expanding access to HIV/AIDS services and advocating for health ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) advises the public to be prepared for air quality impacts due to the Mauna Loa eruption. As of November 28 at 2:00 PM HST, permanent air quality monitoring stations across the state report that air quality remains normal. However, the eruption could cause vog conditions, ash in ...
Read More Mauna Loa eruption raises potential for air quality hazards

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to retail to Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC (PONO LIFE MAUI) after it passed a final on-site inspection for its third retail facility. PONO LIFE MAUI’s new retail location is in Paia, Maui at 149 Hana Highway Unit #2, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves third medical cannabis retail dispensary for PONO LIFE MAUI

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) and community members are raising awareness of victims of traffic fatalities to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 20. In Hawaiʻi, there were 527 traffic-related deaths from 2017-2021. From January through June 2022, there were 60 fatalities statewide, compared to 46 during ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reporting that cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza are increasing in Hawaiʻi, in line with trends observed across the country. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but children under the age ...
Read More Hawaiʻi respiratory virus rates rise early in season

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health Clean Air Branch (DOH) issued Notices of Violation and Order (NOVOs) against six companies. All responsible parties have or had the option to request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties. “DOH ensures that companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution,” ...
Read More DOH cites six companies for air permit violations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS) and Clinical Laboratories of Hawaiʻi (CLH) to encourage providers to “reflex” hepatitis C testing, which will help more people get diagnosed with and cured of hepatitis C. Currently, hepatitis C is screened through antibody testing, but requires an RNA test ...
Read More DOH partners with local laboratories to expand testing for curable hepatitis C

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 booster by Novavax and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DOH are allowing use of the COVID-19 booster by Novavax. Novavax monovalent COVID-19 boosters are recommended for adults 18 and older for ...
Read More Novavax COVID-19 boosters available in Hawai‘i

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