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Young adults and households that earn less are most vulnerable HONOLULU – The virus that causes COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of all Hawai‘i residents, but especially for young adults and those whose household income is less than $50,000. A recent survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i Department of Health showed a solid majority, or ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health survey shows pandemic is affecting mental health of Hawai‘i residents

HONOLULU – The majority or 91% of respondents in a recent statewide survey plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a strong indication that attitudes about the vaccine are rapidly shifting since administration of the vaccinations first began in mid-December. According to the survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, 55% plan to get vaccinated ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health survey shows diverse views of pandemic and responses

HONOLULU – There has been an alarming increase in various types of COVID-19 scams across the nation, and kūpuna and other Hawai‘i residents are not exempt from being targeted as potential victims. The Hawai‘i Department of Health, in collaboration with the Department of the Attorney General, Executive Office on Aging’s Senior Medicare Patrol Hawaii (SMP), ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health warns public about COVID-19 scams

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) conducted a series of site visits at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The unannounced visits were designed to determine the Home’s compliance with federal certification requirements. The unannounced visits resulted ...
Read More Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo receives 0,640 federal civil penalty for infection control deficiencies

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the presence of the B.1.1.7 variant in Hawai‘i. The confirmed specimen is one of four samples previously identified in Hawai‘i as having a molecular clue consistent with the B.1.1.7 variant. The other specimens are still being analyzed. “We have already initiated contact tracing ...
Read More Department of Health State Laboratory confirms presence of B.1.1.7 variant

HONOLULU — The Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) continues to work in partnership with private sector laboratories to collect and examine specimens of the SARSCoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. To date, nine samples of the L452R variant have been identified and four specimens that exhibit a molecular clue associated with the UK B1.1.7 ...
Read More State lab detects additional COVID-19 variants

HONOLULU —To ensure the water at Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities is safe to drink, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Human Services (DHS) will launch a joint project to test tap water at selected schools and child care facilities for the presence of lead. ...
Read More Drinking water at selected Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities to be tested for lead from May to December 2021

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a red “CLOSED” placard to Doner Shack at 79 South Pauahi St. in Honolulu due to repeated instances of employees not wearing face masks while working. The Food Safety Branch received a complaint alleging that Doner Shack employees were not wearing masks ...
Read More Department of Health issues red placard to Doner Shack due to repeated mask wearing violations

KALAUPAPA – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) delivered and administered COVID-19 vaccines to residents and employees at the Kalaupapa Settlement of Kalawao County on the island of Moloka‘i this week. Dr. Glenn Wasserman, chief of the Communicable Disease and Public Health Nursing Division of the Hawai‘i Department of Health, and two DOH public health ...
Read More Kalawao County receives COVID-19 vaccines

Research shows that half of Hawaii’s population wants the vaccine and another quarter are still deciding HONOLULU – Findings from a survey that was conducted last month have informed the Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s focus on outreach to key segments of the population that are prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The study also ...
Read More DOH targets outreach on COVID-19 vaccine education

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has identified and confirmed 60 previously unreported COVID-19 related deaths. These deaths were linked to COVID-19 after a thorough review of the DOH Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS). The deaths occurred in August through December, 2020 with 51 deaths reported on O‘ahu, six on Hawai‘i, and three ...
Read More Records review reveals 60 COVID-19 related deaths

State lab detects COVID-19 variant

Posted on Jan 25, 2021 in Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected the SARS-CoV-2 variant L452R. This strain of COVID-19 was first detected in Denmark in March 2020. It is now found in more than a dozen U.S. states. Science has not shown the L452R variant spreads more quickly or poses a greater ...
Read More State lab detects COVID-19 variant

HONOLULU – To more accurately convey the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Hawai’i, the Department of Health (DOH) is releasing a preliminary number in addition to the vetted and verified number issued every Wednesday. This new preliminary number will be posted daily, Monday through Friday, by 8 a.m. on the DOH Disease Outbreak Control ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health to release preliminary COVID-19 vaccination amounts on weekdays

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health continues to receive and distribute shipments of COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are the latest figures. Grand total vaccinations administered to date 56,000+ Grand total vaccine doses received statewide to date 152,650 (Moderna & Pfizer-BioNTech combined) Vaccine doses received statewide just this week 39,700 ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health: Vaccine Distribution Update January 15, 2021

HONOLULU – The Department of Health (DOH) and the University of Hawai‘i (UH) unveiled a new infographic report and dashboard this week to track COVID-19 isolation and quarantine data on the island of O‘ahu. Tracking Hawai‘i’s prevention and mitigation efforts is critical to keeping the number of positive cases in-check as the COVID-19 vaccine is ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and University of Hawai‘i Release Infographic Report and Data Dashboard on COVID-19 Support Services in Honolulu

HONOLULU – To continue the momentum now underway to vaccinate residents and caregivers of small residential care homes throughout the state, the Hawai‘i Department of Health is partnering with a number of pharmacies to conduct drive-thru vaccination events or in-home vaccinations. “This is another major step forward in the implementation of our state’s vaccination plan,” ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health partners with pharmacies to vaccinate more kupuna

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch has issued a red placard to immediately close Asia Manoa, located at 2801 E. Manoa Rd., due to repeated instances of employees not wearing face masks while working. The Food Safety Branch received a complaint alleging that Asia Manoa employees were not wearing masks on ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues red placard to Asia Manoa for repeated mask wearing violations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health continues to receive, distribute, and administer COVID-19 vaccines as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are the latest figures. Vaccine doses received 91,700 Statewide 54,600 Pfizer-BioNTech 37,100 Moderna Vaccinations administered statewide 35,000+ Statewide An additional 17,550 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been ordered for delivery next week. ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health: Vaccine Distribution Update January 8, 2021

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued an executive summary of its updated COVID-19 vaccination plan today to provide a roadmap of how the vaccine will eventually be made available to all Hawai‘i residents by the end of this summer. The prioritized system ensures the vaccine is distributed and administered in an orderly, safe ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues updated COVID-19 vaccination plan

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to the County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works for initiating construction activity over one acre without the required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage and discharging sediment into state waters on three separate occasions during ...
Read More Department of Health cites County of Kauai for discharging sediment to state waters

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