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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers drive-through in Hawai‘i Kai receives approval to open   HONOLULU – This morning, the Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch conducted its first virtual restaurant inspection of a food establishment, an innovative interim emergency procedure to support new businesses and create jobs in a challenging economic environment. Raising Cane’s Chicken ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health conducts first virtual pre-opening inspection of new food establishment

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of seniors by conducting investigations and taking appropriate action toward unlicensed adult residential care homes. OHCA has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Mariefe Galvez, owner and operator of an illegal ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance cites Mariefe Galvez for illegally operating unlicensed adult residential care home

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) Kaua‘i District Health Office (KDHO) will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, known as a CASPER survey to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kaua‘i households. Survey teams will go door-to-door, April 22-24, to 30 census tracts that are weighted towards more ...
Read More Kaua‘i District Health Office to conduct survey to assess COVID-19 Impact on Kaua‘i Households

HONOLULU – Today, the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) launched a website to ensure the continuity of coverage of essential health and homelessness services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website features resources for providers who work with mental health and homeless populations, including provider Q&A webinars, weekly newsletters, updates from partners, ...
Read More New Website for Mental Health and Homeless Service Providers

HONOLULU – Across the state, customers and staff at pharmacies, supermarkets, and take-out food establishments are wearing cloth masks and using physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many local and national chain stores have established controls on how many customers can enter a store at one time. The Joint Information Center has produced ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health reminds everyone that face masks are no substitute of physical distancing

HONOLULU – Based on national guidance released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and recommendations from county mayors and state legislators, Gov. Ige and the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency are formulating a statewide policy on the voluntary use of facemasks. Although there is no current ...
Read More Governor Ige and Hawai‘i Department of Health provide additional guidance on face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reporting the death of a third individual with COVID-19. The elderly O‘ahu resident had been hospitalized in critical condition on life support for several weeks after returning from travel to Washington state. “We offer our sincere condolence to his family and friends at this difficult time,” said ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health announces 3rd COVID-19 death

HONOLULU – During routine sampling of drinking water systems across the state, low levels of one organic and one inorganic chemical were detected in water samples collected at the St. Stephen’s Diocesan Center water system on O‘ahu. The St. Stephen’s Diocesan Center water system is a small non-residential system which serves approximately 45 persons near ...
Read More Water remains safe to drink after low levels of contaminants are detected in one O‘ahu water well

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Serafin “Jun” Colmenares Jr. as the administrator of the State Health Planning & Development Agency (SHPDA). Previously, Colmenares Jr. was the acting administrator for the agency and concurrently serving as SHPDA Comprehensive Health Planning Coordinator, in which he provided staffing for health planning councils in West Oahu, Windward ...
Read More Serafin “Jun” Colmenares Jr., PhD, MPH appointed as administrator of the State Health Planning & Development Agency

HONOLULU – Beginning March 30 through July 31, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is launching the “Stay Healthy, Stay at Home” campaign on KHON2, iHeart Media, and in Honolulu Star Advertiser print and digital platforms. The goal of the campaign is to encourage adults, especially seniors, to practice social distancing and good hygiene to ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health launches COVID-19 public awareness campaign featuring Frank De Lima

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is warning everyone about the hazards and dangers of using non-approved drugs for COVID-19. Antimalarial drugs have been recently reported as possible treatments against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. While hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescription medications have been used for treatment of malaria and certain ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health warns of potential adverse effects of using antimalaria drugs against COVID-19

HONOLULU – Internal communication of a COVID-19 test at the Dept. of Health resulted in a report being misread and initiated a retest of samples today from an O‘ahu adult, who died on March 20, 2020. This evening the second test came back negative for COVID-19. DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson says our focus was ...
Read More COVID-19 Retest Associated with Death Comes Back Negative

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is waiving routine TB clearance requirements for selected groups to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The suspension will remain in effect through May 31, 2020. The suspension will support social distancing in the community to protect the public, especially vulnerable seniors and individuals with medical conditions that could increase their ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health Waives Routine Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance Requirements for Selected Groups

HONOLULU – An O‘ahu adult is Hawai‘i’s first death from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The Department of Health reports the person passed away on March 20, 2020 and suffered from multiple underlying health conditions. The available history for this person suggests they had a potential indirect travel-related exposure. The person had been tested at a ...
Read More State Announces First Death from COVID-19

The State of Hawaii has launched a new website — www.hawaiicovid19.com — to equip residents and visitors with information and resources to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. HawaiiCOVID19.com will serve as a hub for Hawai‘i’s inter-agency coordinated effort to combat the spread of the disease statewide and will be populated with more ...
Read More State of Hawai‘i launches www.HawaiiCOVID19.com website

HONOLULU — With thousands of students off from school for spring break beginning next week, the Hawai‘i Department of Health is issuing guidelines families can follow to protect themselves against COVID-19 infection. Family members who are especially vulnerable include those who are 60 years and older, have a compromised immune system, or have existing health ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues spring break guidelines for families to take action against COVID-19

HONOLULU — Hawaii is shifting its COVID-19 response efforts into higher gear this week by launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus. Community spread is defined ...
Read More Department of Health Steps Up Testing for COVID-19: About 200 Tests to be Conducted Each Week

HONOLULU – The Department of Health (DOH) Neurotrauma Supports Program kicks off National Brain Injury Awareness Month by unveiling the UnMasking Brain Injury Mobile Exhibit at the “Rock It, Don’t Stock It” rally on March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, Campus Center, located at 2465 Campus Road, ...
Read More National Brain Injury Awareness Month Kicks Off with “Rock It, Don’t Stock It” Rally March 4 at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

eWIC provides a faster, more flexible and simpler way to pay for groceries HONOLULU, HAWAII — Following the successful launch of an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card on Kaua‘i, the Hawai‘i Department of Health will now extend the benefit to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program participants on March 3, 2020, making access to healthy ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health extends electronic benefit card for the Women, Infants, and Children program participants on O‘ahu

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of seniors by conducting ongoing investigations and taking appropriate action toward unlicensed adult residential care homes.  OHCA has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Emily Lee, owner and operator of ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance cites Emily Lee for illegally operating unlicensed adult residential care home