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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

Preliminary vaccine data by race guide expanded outreach HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health today outlined state- and community-based initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection and Hawaii’s vaccination efforts. DOH also released data illustrating the challenges in ensuring health equity in Hawaii’s COVID-19 response. A new report, “COVID-19 in ...
Read More Department of Health & community partners take action to address COVID-19 race & ethnic disparities

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to retail to Maui Grown Therapies for their second retail location in Lahaina at 1087 Limahana Place, Unit 4B on March 11, 2021. The location is scheduled to open on March 17, 2021 by appointment only for registered patients ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves a second medical cannabis retail dispensary for Maui Grown Therapies

HONOLULU- Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Director Dr. Elizabeth Char provides detail on the state’s upcoming move to Phase 1c while appearing in a new DOH communication platform called The Weekly Dose. Char also discusses the latest COVID-19 Weekly Cluster Report, which includes investigation into a “breakthrough” case of COVID-19 in a fully vaccinated Hawai‘i ...
Read More Health Director Provides Details on Move to Vaccination Phase 1c, “Breakthrough” Case of COVID-19 in Vaccinated Individual

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health announces the state will extend vaccine eligibility to people age 65 and older and those who qualify as members of phase 1c beginning Monday, March 15. “This is another huge step in the ongoing effort to protect Hawaii residents from COVID-19,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. ...
Read More Vaccinations for those 65+ and phase 1c to begin Monday, March 15

HONOLULU – Every year about 12,000 people in Hawai‘i go to an emergency room seeking treatment for a brain injury and approximately 1,300 are hospitalized. Brain injuries can happen to anyone and often cause significant changes in the ability to think, communicate, move, and regulate emotion. To bring attention to this serious public health concern, Hawai’i Governor David Y. Ige and City and ...
Read More State lights up prevention, awareness and education during Brain Injury Awareness Month

HONOLULU – Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses. As of mid-February, 1,537 small care homes on O‘ahu and 152 small care homes on Hawai‘i ...
Read More Independent pharmacies administer COVID-19 vaccinations at nearly 90% of small care homes on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island

HONOLULU – Initial public reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Hawai‘i has been very positive, highlighting its value in the fight against COVID-19. Its proven ability to reduce severe illness and hospitalization after just one shot makes it an attractive option for people across the state. Those who are currently eligible under the ...
Read More Johnson & Johnson vaccine available across Hawai‘i

HONOLULU – The Department of Health State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected a new variant of concern. This new strain has the technical name B.1.351 and is sometimes referred to as the South African variant. It was found in an O‘ahu resident with no travel history.  “This is concerning because B.1.351 has a mutation that ...
Read More Highly transmissible variant detected in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) administered hundreds of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines to Department of Education (DOE) employees at clinic in Kaneohe today. “It is gratifying to see that so many people recognize the benefits this new vaccine offers,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine ...
Read More First Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health, in collaboration with CARE Hawaii, launched a new crisis counseling assistance program to provide support for children and adults experiencing challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion was made possible by a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Substance Abuse ...
Read More Department of Health expands mental health assistance in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health announces the state is expanding the pool of those eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by offering vaccinations to people age 70 and older beginning Monday, March 8. “We are excited to be ahead of schedule and pleased that we can now provide another layer of protection to this vulnerable ...
Read More Vaccinations for those 70 and older begin Monday, March 8

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