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Patrons of Tahiti Nui restaurant on Kaua‘i urged to test after COVID-19 exposurePosted on August 9, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
LIHUE – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has identified a COVID-19 cluster of cases associated with Tahiti Nui restaurant in Hanalei on Kaua‘i. The cluster is under investigation and to date consists of seven confirmed cases of individuals, including both restaurant workers and diners. Anyone who visited the Tahiti Nui restaurant from Friday, July […]
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COVID-19 Exposures Warrant Caution on KauaʻiPosted on August 5, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
LIHUE – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is issuing guidance to individuals who participated in Lihue Missionary Church youth excursions on July 25 and 31. These individuals may have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19. The highest risk individuals are those who rode in a van for a Lihue Missionary Church youth excursion […]
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Free COVID testing returns to Wahiawa FridayPosted on August 5, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at Kamalani Academy in Wahiawa Friday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will […]
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Partnerships Increase Availability of Free COVID-19 Testing for Hawaii ResidentsPosted on August 3, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) is increasing awareness of free COVID-19 testing sites available across the state. “Testing is a key mitigation measure, especially as we continue to see widespread community transmission,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “We encourage individuals exhibiting COVID symptoms and individuals who have been exposed to an […]
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Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Ewa Beach SaturdayPosted on July 30, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at Ilima Elementary School Saturday, July 31 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will also be […]
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Free COVID-19 testing returns to Lanakila Health CenterPosted on July 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 Friday, July 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will […]
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COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Recommends Layered Approach to Return to In-Person LearningPosted on July 27, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Schools that includes four core essential strategies and additional mitigation practices to facilitate the return to in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year. “This update comes at a time when we are emphasizing the return to in-person learning for K-12 schools,” said […]
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Department of Health highlights youth-focused empowerment resources with public awareness campaignPosted on July 26, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Local comedian, influencer Tumua Tuinei lends his brand of comedy HONOLULU – The adolescent years are an important time as youth transition to adulthood, making it critical to promote life-long physical, mental, social, and emotional health. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to highlight TeenLink Hawaii, a youth empowerment, […]
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Department of Health to bring health/digital navigators and telehealth support services to underserved communitiesPosted on July 26, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System and the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to bring COVID-19 health and digital navigators and telehealth services to 15 libraries in underserved and rural areas statewide. The $3.7 million project […]
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Free COVID testing comes to WahiawaPosted on July 15, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Wahiawa Civic Center three times in July. Tests will be offered Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday, July 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Variants and increased social interaction […]
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New data provides a more accurate picture of vaccinations in Hawai‘iPosted on July 6, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Vaccination rates by county and age now include federal doses HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s COVID-19 data are more detailed thanks to statistical information on federal program vaccine recipients. Beginning today the Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division data dashboard reflects new data provided by federal agencies. This includes new information on […]
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Delta variant detected in all major countiesPosted on June 25, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected a total of 13 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant of concern. The Delta variant has been found on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i island. “The rapid spread of the Delta variant is troubling, but not […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects community spread of Delta variantPosted on June 22, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant of concern, is spreading in the state. To date there have been three cases of the Delta variant associated with travel from the continental United States. Two of those cases are on O‘ahu […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects Delta variant in Hawai‘iPosted on June 14, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant, has been detected in the islands. This strain of COVID-19 was first detected in India, where the virus sparked a public health crisis in April and May. The Delta variant now makes up […]
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Free COVID-19 testing coming to Lanakila Health CenterPosted on June 9, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid tests at the Lanakila Health Center in Kalihi this coming Saturday, June 12 and next Saturday, June 19. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. With the King Kamehameha Day state holiday coming up Friday, this […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health vaccination data confirms disparities, shows link between vaccination and mental healthPosted on June 7, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – A recent Hawaii Department of Health-commissioned survey has confirmed the need to make vaccinations more accessible for those who face health and social disparities, and that getting vaccinated can contribute to a person’s overall sense of mental well-being. The survey was conducted among 482 adult Hawai‘i full-time residents statewide to assess perceptions about […]
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State of Hawai‘i, healthcare, business communities launch new vaccination initiativePosted on June 4, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i and community partners are expanding efforts to get more people in Hawai‘i vaccinated. #HIGotVaccinated Month will run through June and is aimed at educating and motivating Hawai‘i residents who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccinations. The business community is working together to offer incentives for vaccinated Hawai‘i residents, and […]
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Vaccination progress maps identify areas where improved vaccination access is critical to avoid “vaccine deserts”Posted on June 3, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is unveiling its newest tool to help encourage more Hawai‘i residents to get vaccinated: COVID-19 vaccination progress maps. Based on vaccination data collected to date, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division has developed a new set of heat maps that show vaccination rates by ZIP […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health and community partners to expand vaccine access over Memorial Day weekendPosted on May 27, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Restaurants, malls, farmers market & beach park to serve as walk-up vaccination sites  HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is partnering with community leaders to increase vaccination access over Memorial Day weekend. Vaccination sites are planned across the state at accessible locations such as malls, restaurants, farmers markets, and a beach park. These […]
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Variants are dominant COVID-19 in Hawai‘iPosted on May 26, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – A report by the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) shows COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) variants of concern account for a greater percentage of total COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i than ever and that percentage continues to increase. SLD also reports a growing presence of the P.1 variant which is highly infectious and may […]
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Hawai‘i Department of Health offers free COVID-19 testing before Memorial Day weekend activitiesPosted on May 24, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering 150 free COVID-19 rapid tests at Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe on Wednesday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Know you’re safe and COVID-19 free before or after getting together with friends and family for graduation […]
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Department of Health to add probable cases to state’s case count & mask survey concludesPosted on May 18, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will add probable COVID-19 cases to the state’s case count beginning Wednesday, May 19. This enhanced metric will reflect a more realistic account of the prevalence of COVID infections in the state. “People who test positive with an antigen test, but do not confirm infection by taking […]
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Department of Health offers free COVID testing at Windward MallPosted on May 18, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing at Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks linked to a youth football tournament and performing arts center on O‘ahu. DOH continues to […]
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State’s microbiologists provide genomic virus data to shape future pandemic responsePosted on May 18, 2021 in COVID-19, Newsroom
Science confirms value of vaccinations HONOLULU – A team of about a dozen microbiologists and other professionals has been on an important mission for more than a year: to collect and analyze data on the coronavirus to help epidemiologists determine how best to respond to the ongoing pandemic.   They’re part of a genomic surveillance project […]
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