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HONOLULU – May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. In light of the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) and the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Planning Group are hosting a series of virtual events to encourage parents and families to talk about mental health with their children and ...
Read More Department of Health highlights children’s mental health services for Mental Health Awareness Month

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) urges anyone who attended a recent youth football tournament on the mainland to get tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine. Teams involved in the Pylon Mecca 7v7 tournament played games in Utah and Nevada. To date seven people who have returned to Maui and six people who ...
Read More Quarantine & testing urged after youth football cluster identified

HONOLULU – Several government agencies along with private-sector and non-profit partners have launched a full-scale outreach effort to ensure every individual who wants a COVID-19 vaccination is able to get one. All Hawaii residents 16 years and older are eligible for vaccinations and the Department of Health is strongly encouraging everyone to take advantage of ...
Read More Collaborative, multi-agency effort underway to reach vulnerable, hard-to-reach Hawai‘i residents

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) regrets having to report the state’s first pediatric COVID-19 death, a child age 0-10 years old. The child, a boy with known underlying health conditions, and his parents were visiting Hawai‘i from another state. He experienced COVID-19 symptoms shortly after arriving in the islands and was taken ...
Read More Child’s death attributed to COVID-19

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Thursday, April 29 at a vaccination clinic at Windward Community College (WCC).  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be offered at WCC May 4, May 6, and May 11 from 8 am until 5 pm. Additional opportunities ...
Read More Johnson & Johnson vaccinations resume

HONOLULU – Hawai‘i has reached Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccination program. This means all Hawai‘i residents age 16 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Hawai‘i County, Maui County, and Kaua‘i County advanced to Phase 2 in early April. O‘ahu moved into Phase 2 this morning. “Schedule your vaccine as soon as you ...
Read More Vaccine eligibility expands to residents 16 and older statewide

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review data involving six cases in which individuals who received the Johnson &Johnson vaccine developed blood clots. “We’re are ...
Read More Hawai‘i pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering free public COVID-19 rapid testing in Pālolo Valley at Jarrett Middle School this coming Friday, April 16 and Sunday, April 18. This community COVID-19 testing will take place Friday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and resume on Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. to ...
Read More Department of Health to provide free COVID-19 community testing at Jarrett Middle School April 16 & 18

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to O‘ahu residents age 50 and above beginning Monday, April 12. “This is a great opportunity for residents 50 and older on O‘ahu to register before vaccine eligibility opens to everyone 16 and older on April 19,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth ...
Read More Vaccine eligibility expands to people age 50 and older on O‘ahu

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is issuing guidance to a Maui church and its congregation because of the imminent health threat posed by a large cluster of COVID-19 cases. King’s Cathedral in Kahului is encouraged to cancel all upcoming in-person events and conduct only virtual services until the cluster is contained. People ...
Read More Large COVID-19 cluster warrants caution on Maui

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is asking its District Health Offices on the neighbor islands to expand vaccine eligibility as needed to ensure all available vaccination slots are filled. Every island has its own unique characteristics including population, population density, healthcare resources and enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccine. With more vaccine coming into ...
Read More Greater vaccine supply facilitates additional vaccination opportunities

Connecting SGM community members to the services they need HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Workgroup has released the first edition of the Hawai’i SGM Services Directoryv, now available on the DOH SGM Resource Hub. The SGM Services Directory was created in response to community requests and is ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) workgroup releases first edition of provider service directory

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health announces the state will extend COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people age 60 and older beginning Monday, March 29. “We are closely monitoring current and projected vaccination numbers, appointment availability and most importantly the amount of vaccine allocated to the people of Hawai‘i,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth ...
Read More Vaccinations expand to people age 60 and older

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is teaming up with the University of Hawai‘i to offer 200 free COVID-19 rapid tests at UH West O‘ahu in Kapolei this Friday, March 26. Since Friday is a state holiday in honor of Prince Kūhiō, it can be a convenient time for many Hawai‘i residents who ...
Read More Free rapid COVID-19 testing at Uh West O‘ahu on Prince Kūhiō Day – Friday, March 26

HONOLULU – A new service is making it easier for Oahu kūpuna who are not comfortable with the online registration process for their COVID-19 vaccinations. Trained specialists available seven days a week are providing personalized assistance to help those age 65 and above navigate the registration process, secure appointments and also help eligible individuals arrange ...
Read More New service for kūpuna simplifies COVID-19 vaccination registration process; capable of more than 1,000 calls per day

HONOLULU – It is estimated that one fourth of the world’s population may carry tuberculosis (TB) in its latent or inactive form; placing them at risk for TB disease later in life. No one knows for sure how many people in Hawai‘i have this infection, but the Hawai‘i Department of Health estimates the number could ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health urges residents to review their risk for TB as part of annual World Tuberculosis Day on March 24

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is partnering with Times Pharmacy to offer Johnson & Johnson vaccines every Thursday through April 15 at a vaccination clinic in Mililani.  The single-dose vaccinations are available to anyone currently eligible for vaccine.  That includes people 65 and older, essential workers at hotels, restaurants, and bars, and people being treated ...
Read More Vaccination clinic opens in Mililani

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to retail to Aloha Green Holdings, Inc. dba Aloha Green Apothecary after they passed their final onsite inspection for their third retail facility. Aloha Green Apothecary’s new retail location is at 3131 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819, and ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves third medical cannabis retail dispensary for Aloha Green Apothecary

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i to offer 150 free COVID-19 rapid tests each day at its West O‘ahu campus in Kapolei today and Saturday, March 19 & 20. DOH will administer testing from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Those being tested, may expect a minimum ...
Read More Free rapid COVID-19 testing at UH West O‘ahu, March 19 & 20

HONOLULU- Hawai‘i State Director of Health Dr. Elizabeth Char released the following statement following her unanimous confirmation by the Hawai‘i State Senate this morning: “Mahalo to Governor Ige and the members of the Senate for their confidence in my leadership of the Department of Health. I’m honored to be leading DOH with our team of ...
Read More Following unanimous confirmation, Director Char pledges to continue work to save lives, help Hawai‘i navigate through the pandemic