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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,” ...
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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

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Goodfellow Bros., LLC, a contractor for the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Environmental Management, Wastewater Division, for discharging untreated domestic sewage into Reed’s Bay. On November 30, 2020, the DOH was notified of a sewage spill originating ...
Read More Department of Health issues a Notice of Violation and Order for unauthorized discharges to Reed’s Bay in Hilo

HONOLULU – The Department of Health (DOH) Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) has added information on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Hawai‘i to its data portal. This new feature can be found here. It displays statewide and county-by-county totals for the number of vaccinations administered. These numbers will be updated every Wednesday at ...
Read More Vaccination data added to DOH dashboard

Free app augments contact tracing, keeps data private, sends notice of potential exposure HONOLULU –– The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with aio Digital and the Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative (HEC) have launched AlohaSafe Alert, the free State of Hawai‘i officially-approved exposure notification app to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “Masks, distance ...
Read More Hawai‘i State Department of Health Launches AlohaSafe Alert App to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

HONOLULU – As a way to continue to rapidly administer COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii are working with hospitals in each county to ensure independent healthcare providers and their staff can obtain the first dosage of their vaccine this month. Hawai‘i’s hospitals are serving ...
Read More COVID-19 vaccination hubs help speed dosages to independent healthcare providers

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health developed a new campaign to highlight the economic and educational toll that COVID-19 has taken on Hawai‘i’s students and young adults. The “Let’s Get Back to Real Life” campaign features personal stories from Hawai‘i’s young people that inspire residents to continue following safe practices, as the state continues ...
Read More New “Let’s Get Back to Real Life” campaign features young peoples’ COVID-19 trials, tribulations, and hope

Fast moving variants heighten concern about social gatherings   HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) continues to proactively test COVID-19 specimens looking for new strains that may be significantly more contagious or differ in other ways from earlier strains. Recent variants first discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa are spreading more ...
Read More State laboratory guarding against new COVID-19 strains

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. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: 11,700 doses ordered today. Delivery expected early next week.21,450 doses previously delivered. Moderna vaccine: 10,900 doses ordered today. Delivery expected early next week.12,000 doses previously delivered. 5,400 ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health: Vaccine Distribution Update

 Statewide survey is first step for efficient distribution HONOLULU – With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Hawai‘i’s major hospitals already underway, these healthcare facilities in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Health and Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i are now preparing to launch the next major step: distribution of the vaccine to doctors who ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to individual healthcare providers

       Health resources available online for vog and air quality HILO, HI – An eruption began on Dec. 20 from the Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano on Hawai‘i Island. At this time, all eruptive activity is within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, however, vog conditions and sulfur dioxide (SO₂) air levels may increase ...
Read More Kīlauea eruption creating potential air quality hazards

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Opioid Initiative (HOI) launched a new campaign this week for those struggling with opioid addiction and their family members. Advertisements will run on television, print, digital and social media outlets through the end of February. The public service announcements feature personal stories from Gabe B. and Alberta S., who share what ...
Read More Community Members share Stories of Resilience in New Opioid Prevention Campaign

Upon approval, 36,000 doses expected to arrive in Hawai‘i in December HONOLULU – Hawai‘i State Director of Health Dr. Elizabeth Char released the following statement following an important committee recommendation that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration grant Emergency Use Authorization for the Moderna mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine: “Today’s vote will likely lead to the FDA authorizing a second vaccine to help safeguard ...
Read More FDA panel recommends granting Emergency Use Authorization of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

HONOLULU – Hawai’i received another shipment of COVID-19 vaccines today. The Hawai‘i Department of Health received 3,900 doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. This precious cargo was distributed to Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Straub Medical Center, Pali Momi Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Queen’s Medical Center West O‘ahu and the Waianae Coast ...
Read More Thousands of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive

Counties prepare for vaccinating Phase 1 priority groups HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) and City and County of Honolulu today conducted a vaccination distribution exercise to simulate standing up vaccine clinics to immunize first responders and essential workers in the Phase 1 priority group which includes essential healthcare workers, long-term care facility ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and City & County of Honolulu conduct training exercise for vaccine distribution

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19 in an adult resident of Kalaupapa Settlement in Kalawao County on the island of Moloka‘i. Kalawao is a county within the State of Hawai‘i under the management of the DOH and was reported to be the last county within ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health reports first COVID-19 case in Kalawao County

Healthcare community is working together to ensure coordination; The Queen’s Medical Center takes part in drill on receiving Pfizer vaccine HONOLULU – Hawai‘i’s hospitals and healthcare systems, in close coordination with the Hawai‘i Department of Health, are gearing up to ensure that they are prepared for the arrival and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. “My colleagues ...
Read More Hawai‘i hospitals prepare for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine