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First priority remains providing access to unvaccinated individuals 65+, 50-64 with underlying conditions prioritized for booster HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is issuing prioritization guidelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in order to implement the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on COVID-19 booster doses. First and second doses should ...
Read More DOH authorizes Pfizer booster doses, prioritizes first shots & kupuna

HONOLULU – Alexis Charpentier, HIV transmission reduction coordinator in the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch, has been recognized as one of the nation’s rising leaders in public health. She was recently named as one of the de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 public health leaders for 2021. The de Beaumont Foundation is ...
Read More Alexis Charpentier recognized for being among the nation’s “40 under 40” public health professionals

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is one of 30 states to receive a $2.2 million federal Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) grant, providing the state $445,000 a year for the next five years, $2.2 million total, to address pediatric mental health care for children and youth ages 3 to 21 years. ...
Read More Department of Health receives .2 million federal grant to address pediatric mental health in Hawaiʻi

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health discovered a severe roach infestation at Joey’s Kitchen in the Whaler’s Village food court in Lahaina, Maui, last Friday, Sept. 17. They immediately issued a red placard to close down the food establishment to protect public health. During the routine inspection of the restaurant, located at 2435 Kaanapali ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves the reopening of Joey’s Kitchen in Whaler’s Village food court in Lahaina, Maui after being closed for a severe roach infestation

Oʻahu residents in eligible ZIP codes can order free COVID-19 test kits while supplies last at COVIDTestHonolulu.org HONOLULU – Oʻahu was selected for a federal pilot program that will provide free at-home COVID-19 test kits to eligible residents. The Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge will provide 125,000 Oʻahu residents who live in eligible ...
Read More Oʻahu selected for federal pilot program to provide one million free at-home COVID-19 tests

HONOLULU – A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report authored by Hawaiʻi researchers demonstrates the value of separating public health data in order to identify and address racial disparities. Data collected by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) revealed racial disparities in COVID-19 infections and death. Race and ethnicity can serve as ...
Read More CDC report highlights Hawaiʻi effort to address COVID-19 health disparities through improving data

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has added four new COVID-19 testing locations on Oʻahu. Testing is available at: ElixRX Pharmacy Kailua on Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic Parking on Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Mililani Recreational Center 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays ...
Read More Free COVID Testing Available at Four New Oʻahu Sites

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order and a red “closed” placard to Doner Shack at 79 South Pauahi Street in Honolulu for failing to renew its state permit and failing to pay a $3,000 judgement, from a contested hearing case, against the establishment’s ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues second red placard to Doner Shack for non-payment of 00 fine and permit renewal fees

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch (EMSIPSB) and the Prevent Suicide Hawai‘i Task Force are taking action to recognize National Suicide Prevention Month. Events will be held statewide throughout September to call attention to this issue.   In Hawai‘i, one person dies from suicide every two ...
Read More DOH, Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task Force Recognize National Suicide Prevention Month

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health issued a red “Closed” placard to Nikki’s Pizza, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Unit #H-19, Lahaina for a severe pest infestation. A routine inspection of the restaurant located in the Whaler’s Village food court was conducted on August 31, 2021. The DOH inspectors observed several roach traps that had been ...
Read More DOH issues red placard to Nikki’s Pizza on Maui

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) is joining federal, state, and local agencies cross the United States to observe September National Preparedness Month, an annual month-long observance to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The theme this year is “Prepare to Protect. ...
Read More Department of Health marks September 2021 National Preparedness Month

HONOLULU – Two new Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) reports illustrate how the highly transmissible delta variant is sweeping across the state. “These reports reinforce what we know about the alarming increase in cases across Hawai‘i. Delta is different—it is twice as transmissible as other variants,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. “COVID-19 vaccines ...
Read More New DOH Reports Underscore Toll of Delta Variant

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reports the state has surpassed 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14-days and a record high one-day case count today. 10,817 cases were documented in the last 14 days, including 1,678 today. The 10,817 infections reported in the past 14 days are considered a proxy number for active cases. “This tidal wave ...
Read More Hawaiʻi Surpasses 10,000 Active COVID-19 Cases

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is expanding West Oʻahu testing and vaccination efforts in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in this community. “We recognize that for many, historic inequities, misinformation and insufficient access to care have contributed to a lack of confidence in COVID-19 vaccines,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah ...
Read More DOH Expands West Oʻahu Testing & Vaccination Events

HONOLULU – Hawaiʻi Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP released the following statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent: “This week, COVID-19 took the lives of 19 Hawaiʻi residents. Over 9,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors are sick with COVID. The tragedy of this spike in cases is that by and ...
Read More DOH Statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent

HONOLULU – Medicare is the federal health insurance program to help pay for healthcare services for kupuna 65 years and older as well as those with disabilities or end-stage renal disease. The valuable program has many different components and can be challenging to understand and navigate. It is also difficult to know who to trust ...
Read More Hawai‘i State Executive Office on Aging provides resources for kupuna to prepare for Medicare’s annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) issued a medical advisory recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses. The additional dose should be given at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 ...
Read More DOH recommends additional mRNA vaccine dose for immunocompromised individuals

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has proclaimed Aug. 22 – 28 Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week. Highlights of the week will include City and County of Honolulu lifeguard rescue demonstrations in Waikiki, ocean-related spinal cord injury testimony from a survivor on the Island of Hawai‘i, and public rescue tube briefings with Maui lifeguards at Kahului Airport. ...
Read More Hawai‘i observes Beach Safety Week Aug. 22-28

HONOLULU – Fall-related injuries and fatalities among Hawai‘i seniors are reaching troubling numbers. Every year in Hawai‘i on average 128 seniors die, 2,010 are hospitalized, and 9,950 are treated in emergency departments for fall-related accidents. Falls disproportionately affect the elderly, and statistics show those older than age 65 are the most vulnerable. In addition to ...
Read More Statewide fall prevention awareness campaign begins August 22 designed to reduce fall injuries among kupuna

HONOLULU –The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) and IES Downstream, LLC (IES) reached a settlement of alleged violations of the state’s hazardous waste laws involving IES’ management of wastes at its petroleum terminal and tank farm in Kapolei. Pursuant to this settlement, the Department has obtained a Stipulated Judgment and Order in the Environmental Court that, ...
Read More IES Downstream, LLC receives 8,627 penalty for alleged improper disposal of hazardous wastes

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