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HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) launched the first phase of a new statewide educational campaign today as part of a comprehensive, multi-pronged solution to address the sustained number of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i. The “Not Taking Chances” campaign, developed with research, creative and production support from Anthology Marketing Group, aims to change ...
Read More Department of Health launches research-based social norms campaign

HONOLULU – As a way to step up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and lower the number of rising cases, the Behavioral Health and Homeless Statewide Unified Response Group, composed of state, city, and nonprofit agencies, is taking swift, decisive action to intervene. I.H.S, The Institute for Human Services Sumner Men’s Shelter in ...
Read More Iwilei homeless shelter to be temporary isolation and quarantine site as part of Behavioral Health and Homeless Statewide Unified Response Group

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a red placard and Notice of Violation and Order to Regal Foods Inc., dba Island Manapua Factory in Manoa Marketplace, located at 2752 Woodlawn Drive, for repeated food illness risk factor violations. DOH has ordered the food establishment to close immediately. It ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues red placard and ,000 fine to Island Manapua Factory in Manoa for repeat food safety violations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health Clean Air Branch (DOH) has issued Notices and Finding of Violation and Orders (NOVOs) against four companies. All those responsible have or had the option to request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company at Camp 10 Quarry Rd., Maui, was cited ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health cites four companies for air permit violations

HONOLULU – With the high number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, the Hawai‘i Department of Health will be introducing new metrics to assist in decision-making and to better track and manage the disease with a higher degree of accountability, announced Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. The new metrics will augment existing metrics to ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health announces new metrics to better track and manage the pandemic

HONOLULU — The Department of Health, in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, has expanded its hotline for crisis support to include access to mental health resources and substance use treatment services. Callers in need of these services can now call Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S.—Coordinated Access Resource Entry ...
Read More State offers one-stop hotline for crisis support, mental health resources and substance use treatment services

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) has been awarded a competitive $11.8 million system of care expansion grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The four-year grant will begin funding services in August 2020. The grant will focus on enhancing services for approximately ...
Read More Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division awarded .8 million grant to improve children’s mental health services statewide

HONOLULU – There are now severe consequences for food establishments that do not take physical distancing and other guidance seriously. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars and other food establishments that do not comply with physical distancing, wearing cloth face masks and other ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health to begin issuing red placards to restaurants and bars that violate physical distancing and other mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19

HONOLULU – An annual exercise and training for oil spill response is scheduled on Wednesday, July 1 at Kalaeloa Barbers Point. A major part of the activities will include the use of a green-fluorescent tracer dye in the water to simulate an offshore oil release and the spraying of water to mimic a dispersant agent. ...
Read More Oil spill dispersant exercise on July 1 to strengthen preparedness and response

HONOLULU — An increasing number of Hawai‘i residents no longer see COVID-19 as much of a threat as they did in the earlier stages of the pandemic, according to a follow-up survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH). The number of respondents who view the virus as a “very serious” health concern ...
Read More Follow-up survey shows an alarming decrease among Hawai‘i residents who follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines

HONOLULU — In its first two months of operation, the state’s first temporary quarantine and isolation center at 524 Kaaahi Street in Iwilei has provided a place for more than 50 homeless individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms to safely isolate or be quarantined while they wait for their COVID-19 test results. As a result, the ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and the University of Hawaii report temporary quarantine and isolation center offers long-term benefits that meet the physical and behavioral health needs of Honolulu’s homeless

HONOLULU – In honor of Pride Month, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) today launched the Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) online resource hub. This is the first DOH website dedicated to resources for SGM (also known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other, or LGBTQ+) people in Hawai‘i, as well as their loved ...
Read More Department of Health launches sexual and gender minority online resource hub in honor of Pride Month in June

LIHUE — More than half (57 percent) of Kaua‘i households have at least one person living in their home who has lost their job as a result of the pandemic, and the resulting economic strain is affecting the mental health of Garden Island residents. These findings were revealed in a Community Assessment for Public Health ...
Read More Kaua‘i District Health Office announces CASPER COVID-19 survey results

TB clearance now available by phone or email for those who qualify HONOLULU — Tuberculosis (TB) clearance requirements for childcare, school, post-secondary institutions and for food handlers have been reinstated effective June 1, 2020. These routine TB clearance requirements had been waived temporarily through May 31 to support COVID-19 social distancing and mitigation efforts. The ...
Read More Tuberculosis (TB) clearance requirements reinstated

HONOLULU – With the easing of COVID-19 “Safer at Home” restrictions, it is more important than ever to ensure every child’s immunizations and physical examination are up to date. Avoiding check-ups and missing vaccines can put a child at risk for preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough and could delay a child’s return ...
Read More Department of Health encourages parents to schedule back-to-school vaccination and physical examination appointments now

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is disbursing a total of $30,000 to 23 skilled nursing facilities in the state for communications devices that will allow seniors at these facilities to stay in touch with their family and friends during the current pandemic. Since mid-March 2020, skilled nursing facilities have prohibited visitors and nonessential ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health to disburse ,000 to enable virtual visits with kupuna in skilled nursing facilities

HONOLULU — When COVID-19 and social distancing guidance required healthcare providers to rethink the way they delivered care, larger healthcare organizations were able to rapidly pivot to telehealth and keep pace with the rest of the nation. But Hawai‘i’s community health centers—federally qualified health centers—needed assistance in getting up to speed to serve the state’s ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health accelerating telehealth adoption among community health centers statewide to provide care to vulnerable populations during current pandemic

HONOLULU — According to a statewide survey recently commissioned by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH), the majority of Hawai‘i residents—93 percent—consider COVID-19 to be a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” health concern, and three quarters (75 percent) believe it poses a real danger or threat to themselves or others living in their household. However, ...
Read More Department of Health survey shows that most Hawai‘i residents recognize COVID-19 as a serious concern and adhere to social distancing guidelines

HONOLULU – During this unprecedented time, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) has continued conducting investigations of unlicensed adult residential care homes (ARCHs) and other care services to ensure the health and safety of seniors. OHCA has issued two Notices of Violation and Order (NOVOs) for two illegal ARCHs located at 45-1117 Cobb Adams Road in ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health cites April M. Mabe, Dwayne N. Nasu, Ken Arima, and Linda Fong Arima for illegally operating unlicensed adult residential care homes and home care agency

HONOLULU — After being prohibited from offering dine-in service for the past two months, Hawai‘i restaurants will now gradually begin to reopen their doors to customers, aligning with the state’s Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience. To further guide the food service industry, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has developed detailed guidance on safe practices ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues guidance to restaurants, retail food markets and food manufacturers to support the state’s recovery efforts