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Vaccines prove effective in analysis of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 breakthrough dataPosted on November 12, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – A Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) analysis of vaccine breakthrough data found COVID-19 vaccines provide excellent protection against hospitalization and death. A vaccine breakthrough infection occurs when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing their initial vaccine series. […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health issues cease & desist, $207,000 penalty to Embry Health for conducting unauthorized COVID-19 testingPosted on November 5, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) today ordered Embry Health to immediately cease and desist collecting specimens for COVID-19 tests in the State of Hawai‘i without a license, permit or written approval. DOH also levied a $207,000 administrative penalty. Embry Health has been operating COVID-19 testing collection depots on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. […]
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$2.2 Million grant to augment community health workforce training programs statewidePosted on November 5, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) was awarded a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train, deploy and engage community health workers as part of its public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community health workers are frontline health workers who provide assistance in accessing […]
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Vaccine for children safe and effectivePosted on November 2, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is authorizing certified vaccination providers to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 immediately. This authorization is consistent with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today. “The CDC reviewed the clinical data and determined the vaccine is safe. The Pfizer vaccine is effective […]
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Free COVID testing at Lanakila Health CenterPosted on October 29, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Lanakila Health Center Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments are not required.  Wait times can vary, but please anticipate waiting 30 minutes or longer. Results will […]
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DOH authorizes booster doses for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccinesPosted on October 21, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health will adopt the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines on COVID-19 booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. “Boosters doses are common for many vaccines and will provide additional protection to Hawai‘i residents at higher risk for severe illness or occupational exposure,” said […]
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DOH prepares for likely authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for keiki 5-11Posted on October 21, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is planning for the likely administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to children 5-11 as it closely monitors federal review of the Pfizer vaccine for this age group. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must authorize use of the vaccine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]
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One million in Hawai‘i complete vaccinationsPosted on October 20, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
More than 420,000 not fully vaccinated HONOLULU – Data compiled by the Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) show more than one-million people in Hawai‘i are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s great to see so many people in Hawai‘i follow the science. We are thrilled that over a million people are fully vaccinated. That leaves an […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health Offers Halloween Safety GuidancePosted on October 18, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering guidance to help families have a safe and fun Halloween. “Celebrating Halloween is a special event for families, and it is possible to take steps to celebrate safely. Outdoor gatherings are safer, and consistent handwashing and mask wearing are recommended,” said Director of Health Dr. […]
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As DOH Marks 70% of Hawai‘i Residents Fully Vaccinated, Director Char Urges Continued VigilancePosted on October 15, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
More than 426,000 Hawai‘i Residents Have Not Completed Vaccination HONOLULU – Hawai‘i Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char released the following statement on 70% of Hawaii residents completing COVID-19 vaccination: “While we are encouraged that 70% of Hawai‘i residents have made the choice to protect themselves and our community through vaccination, there is more […]
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DOH: COVID-19 far deadlier than influenzaPosted on October 12, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Vaccination critical to protect against both illnesses HONOLULU – Dr. Sarah Kemble, Hawaiʻi Department of Health state epidemiologist, released the following statement on mortality rates involving COVID-19 and influenza: “In Hawaiʻi and around the world, COVID-19 was far deadlier than the flu during the 2020-2021 flu season. There was one confirmed influenza death in Hawaiʻi […]
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Lanakila Health Center hosts no-cost COVID-19 testing on O‘ahuPosted on October 8, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Lanakila Health Center on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not required.  Wait times can vary, but please anticipate waiting 30 minutes or longer. Results […]
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Free COVID testing events in NanakuliPosted on October 5, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) in conjunction with the Hawai‘i National Guard will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing in Nanakuli every Wednesday in October from 3 – 6 p.m. Free testing will be available at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center – Nanakuli Clinic at 87-2070 Farrington Highway behind McDonald’s. Wednesday, October […]
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DOH authorizes Pfizer booster doses, prioritizes first shots & kupunaPosted on September 24, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
First priority remains providing access to unvaccinated individuals 65+, 50-64 with underlying conditions prioritized for booster HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is issuing prioritization guidelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in order to implement the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on COVID-19 booster doses. First and second doses should […]
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Department of Health receives $2.2 million federal grant to address pediatric mental health in HawaiʻiPosted on September 22, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is one of 30 states to receive a $2.2 million federal Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) grant, providing the state $445,000 a year for the next five years, $2.2 million total, to address pediatric mental health care for children and youth ages 3 to 21 years. […]
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Oʻahu selected for federal pilot program to provide one million free at-home COVID-19 testsPosted on September 20, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Oʻahu residents in eligible ZIP codes can order free COVID-19 test kits while supplies last at COVIDTestHonolulu.org HONOLULU – Oʻahu was selected for a federal pilot program that will provide free at-home COVID-19 test kits to eligible residents. The Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge will provide 125,000 Oʻahu residents who live in eligible […]
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CDC report highlights Hawaiʻi effort to address COVID-19 health disparities through improving dataPosted on September 16, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report authored by Hawaiʻi researchers demonstrates the value of separating public health data in order to identify and address racial disparities. Data collected by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) revealed racial disparities in COVID-19 infections and death. Race and ethnicity can serve as […]
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Free COVID Testing Available at Four New Oʻahu SitesPosted on September 16, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has added four new COVID-19 testing locations on Oʻahu. Testing is available at: ElixRX Pharmacy Kailua on Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic Parking on Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Mililani Recreational Center 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health issues second red placard to Doner Shack for non-payment of $3000 fine and permit renewal feesPosted on September 15, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order and a red “closed” placard to Doner Shack at 79 South Pauahi Street in Honolulu for failing to renew its state permit and failing to pay a $3,000 judgement, from a contested hearing case, against the establishment’s […]
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New DOH Reports Underscore Toll of Delta VariantPosted on September 2, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – Two new Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) reports illustrate how the highly transmissible delta variant is sweeping across the state. “These reports reinforce what we know about the alarming increase in cases across Hawai‘i. Delta is different—it is twice as transmissible as other variants,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. “COVID-19 vaccines […]
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Hawaiʻi Surpasses 10,000 Active COVID-19 CasesPosted on August 29, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reports the state has surpassed 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14-days and a record high one-day case count today. 10,817 cases were documented in the last 14 days, including 1,678 today. The 10,817 infections reported in the past 14 days are considered a proxy number for active cases. “This tidal wave […]
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DOH Expands West Oʻahu Testing & Vaccination EventsPosted on August 26, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is expanding West Oʻahu testing and vaccination efforts in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in this community. “We recognize that for many, historic inequities, misinformation and insufficient access to care have contributed to a lack of confidence in COVID-19 vaccines,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah […]
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DOH Statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed ConsentPosted on August 26, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – Hawaiʻi Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP released the following statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent: “This week, COVID-19 took the lives of 19 Hawaiʻi residents. Over 9,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors are sick with COVID. The tragedy of this spike in cases is that by and […]
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DOH recommends additional mRNA vaccine dose for immunocompromised individualsPosted on August 19, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) issued a medical advisory recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses. The additional dose should be given at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 […]
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