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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) announced that effective today it is reducing the required quarantine period of those who have been exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days to improve compliance without significantly increasing the risk of transmission in the community. The updated quarantine guidance is based on updated recommendations ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce that Dr. David McEwan has been named the recipient of the 2020 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award. McEwan is being honored for his outstanding contributions to HIV/AIDS services in Hawai‘i. The award will be presented during the annual World AIDS Day ceremony in Honolulu, ...
Read More David McEwan, M.D. to receive 2020 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award on World AIDS Day

HONOLULU – As part of ongoing efforts to enhance the network of care, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Workgroup is seeking local SGM medical providers and businesses to include in a new Hawai’i SGM Services Directory, scheduled for release in early 2021. Providers and businesses may add their information ...
Read More Department of Health Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Workgroup seeking contributions to provider service directory

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is making Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds available to Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities to acquire visitation equipment for in-person visits from relatives and friends. A total of $135,000 is available. Skilled nursing facilities may apply for grants up to $3,000 for equipment that includes ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health offers nursing homes grants to buy visitation equipment for in-person visits

HONOLULU – As a way for Hawai‘i to remain at the forefront in developing policies and regulations that ensure ongoing safe, legal access to medical cannabis for registered patients, the Hawai‘i Department of Health recently joined the newly formed Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) as a founding member. CANNRA is a national organization whose membership is ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health a founding member of the Cannabis Regulators Association

Data window shift on Sunday will adjust daily reporting schedule HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is releasing weekly COVID-19 cluster reports to illustrate COVID-19 trends across the state. The DOH will also adjust its practices for collecting and reporting daily COVID-19 data. The Weekly COVID-19 Cluster Report highlights recent incidents in which ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health shares new weekly data on COVID-19 clusters under investigation

HAWAII – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch issued a red “Closed” placard to Kihei Bale Sandwich & Vietnamese Food in Kihei, Maui after a health inspector discovered a roach infestation in the kitchen on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The restaurant, located at 225 Piikea Avenue, Suite 95, is currently closed. A ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues red placard to Kihei restaurant due to roach infestation

HONOLULU — The holiday season is a time for celebrations and parties with family, friends and co-workers, but large gatherings are the primary cause of COVID-19 clusters. To demonstrate how to gather safely with ‘ohana, friends, and co-workers, the Hawai‘i Department of Health has produced a new campaign called “How to Gather. For Real.” The ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health launches new safe gatherings campaign in time for the holidays

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

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