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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a formal notice to proceed to retail for TCG Retro Market 1, LLC dba Cure Oahu after it passed its final onsite inspection for a second retail facility. Cure Oahu’s new retail location is in the Kapolei Village Center at 4850 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, ...
Read More DOH approves second medical cannabis retail dispensary for Cure Oahu

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and Hawaii National Guard, is providing free COVID-19 testing at HPD’s Downtown Substation Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tests are conducted on a first come first serve basis. Appointments are not accepted. This location has the ...
Read More Free COVID testing available in Chinatown

HONOLULU – Deputy Director of Environmental Health Kathleen Ho released the following statement on the Navy’s appeal of the Hawaii Department of Health Emergency Order on Red Hill: “This appeal demonstrates that the Navy is unwilling to do what’s right to protect the people of Hawaii and its own service members. Despite the Navy claiming ...
Read More DOH statement on Navy appeal of Red Hill emergency order

New COVID-19 hotline

Posted on Feb 1, 2022 in COVID-19, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has a new hotline for people with questions about COVID-19. What should I do if I test positive? What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive? Who can get a booster shot? Those questions and more can be ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute launched a new public service announcement campaign to call attention to strategies used by tobacco companies that target children and youth. In Hawai‘i each year, the tobacco industry spends an estimated $24 million on marketing. These tactics are meant to lure curious ...
Read More DOH launches “Stronger Together: We See/They See” campaign

HONOLULU – Deputy Director of Environmental Health Kathleen Ho released the following statement upon learning of the Navy’s intent to appeal the Hawaii Department of Health Emergency Order on Red Hill: “We are very disappointed that the Navy continues to fight DOH’s emergency order to defuel the Red Hill tanks. The Navy committed to Congress ...
Read More DOH statement on Navy’s intent to appeal Red Hill emergency order

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) today authorized the Navy to begin discharging treated water from the Red Hill Shaft to remove contamination from the freshwater aquifer under the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy plans to extract contaminated water from the Red Hill Shaft for treatment to remove fuel contamination ...
Read More DOH grants permit to Navy to remove fuel contamination from Red Hill Shaft

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has released updated data obtained from the Navy on groundwater monitoring around the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Samples were collected between May 12, 2021 and January 3, 2022. The validated data indicates heightened levels of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) in both soil vapor and groundwater ...
Read More DOH releases updated Red Hill groundwater monitoring results

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has revised its reporting of the number of COVID-19 vaccination series completed and booster doses administered in Hawai‘i. The revisions are the result of a DOH review of vaccination reporting. Some booster doses administered to people who had received an initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been ...
Read More Revised data shows increase in boosters administered & decrease in vaccinations completed

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) will temporarily stop reporting specific data sets on Sunday, January 16 so its data collection and reporting system can continue to accurately process the thousands of positive tests recorded at laboratories daily. DOH systems have not been able to process the large volume of positive and negative ...
Read More Surging COVID-19 case counts & test volume force changes to data reporting and case investigation

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has released results from a U.S. Navy test in December that indicated a failure to meet DOH incident-specific criteria. Consequently, a second round of system flushing was conducted at Drinking Water Distribution System Recovery Plan Zone H2, which is part of Aliamanu Military Reservation. The data was ...
Read More DOH releases validated result of December Aliamanu Military Reservation system flush

HONOLULU – All individuals affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense are invited to participate in a survey to learn more about the experience of people who have been affected by the petroleum contamination in the U.S. Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam drinking water system.  The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease ...
Read More DOH/CDC health survey expanded to include all Navy water system users

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has updated interim COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance for K-12 schools. The updated guidance is closely aligned with new CDC guidance for schools. Isolation and quarantine times for students and staff who meet certain conditions have been reduced to 5 days. ISOLATION Students and staff who test ...
Read More DOH issues interim K-12 school guidance

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is adopting the most recent COVID-19 booster shot recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Effective immediately: DOH recommends a single Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) vaccine booster shot for everyone ages 12 – 17 who completed their primary vaccine series at least five months ago. ...
Read More Booster shot eligibility expands

HONOLULU – At the request of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), a public health team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will conduct a survey beginning January 4, 2022 to investigate the potential health impacts on the civilian population affected ...
Read More Survey of civilians affected by Navy water system contamination to begin Jan. 4

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) finalized its Emergency Order to suspend operations and empty the underground tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Deputy Director Marian Tsuji’s final order affirmed Hearings Officer David Day’s proposed findings and recommendations. “Today’s decision affirms DOH’s actions to safeguard the drinking water that we ...
Read More DOH Upholds Hearings Officer’s Recommendation on Red Hill Emergency Order

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is revising the state’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine policies to closely align with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These changes are effective Monday, January 3, 2022 for all DOH directed isolation and quarantine. If COVID-19 positive regardless of vaccination status Isolate ...
Read More DOH revises state’s isolation & quarantine policy

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is expanding access to free COVID-19 testing on O‘ahu by providing families with community testing options during winter break. “DOH recognizes the importance of providing increased testing capacity to families and the community, especially while school testing programs are paused during the winter break,” said Health Director ...
Read More DOH provides bridge COVID-19 testing during winter break

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected 24 additional cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant. This brings the total number of confirmed Omicron cases in Hawai‘i to 74. While all Omicron cases detected thus far are on O‘ahu, four specimens from Hawaii Island ...
Read More Additional Omicron cases detected in Hawai‘i

Safe holiday celebrations

Posted on Dec 22, 2021 in Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) wishes everyone a joyous holiday season and reminds everyone to celebrate safely. “Please, if you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, get it now. Protect yourself and show aloha for family and friends by exercising caution this holiday season,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. ...
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