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On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced plans for fully vaccinated people (i.e., those who have received all doses of their vaccine at least two weeks prior) to receive a booster shot. Boosters shots are common for vaccines, whose effectiveness can wane over time. Key information from the ...
Read More CDC announces plans for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

On Friday, August 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced new recommendations that people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose (“third shot”) of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines they received. This is what you should know about an additional shot for immunocompromised people: People who are moderately to ...
Read More CDC recommends additional COVID-19 vaccine shot for immunocompromised individuals

Governor David Ige announced that starting Thursday, July 15, 2021, travelers from the Philippines and from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport may bypass the State of Hawaiʻi’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner. In all cases, the test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior ...
Read More Hawaii announces pre-travel testing programs with Philippine Airlines and South Korea’s Incheon Airport

Governor David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in the United States. Travelers to Hawai‘i must upload their vaccination record card to the state’s Safe Travels Program website and have that card with ...
Read More Fully vaccinated travelers from US mainland and territories able to bypass COVID-19 mandatory quarantine beginning July 8

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 approximately 6% ...
Read More Hawaii State Lab detects virulent Delta variant of COVID-19 in Hawaii

Governor David Ige today announced the end of all restrictions for inter-county travel, starting June 15. The decision to terminate testing/quarantine requirements for COVID-19 comes as the State of Hawai‘i approaches the 55% vaccination rate. As of today, 52% of Hawai‘i’s residents have been fully vaccinated. The governor also announced that beginning June 15, travelers ...
Read More Inter-island travel restrictions to end June 15, travelers fully vaccinated in Hawaii to bypass mandatory quarantine

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season in the Central Pacific region, which includes the Hawaiian Islands. It runs until the end of November, although hurricanes and tropical storms can happen at any time of the year. The Hawaii Department of Health wants to make sure residents of our state are prepared. It is ...
Read More Hurricane Season officially begins in Central Pacific region

Hawaii Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, appearing with Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson, announced new restrictions in light of a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state and on Oahu in particular. They said additional measures are necessary because large gatherings have led to clusters of cases, but the ...
Read More Increase in COVID-19 cases leads Hawaii to reinstate interisland travel quarantine while Oahu implements new restrictions

The Director of the Hawaii Deparment of Health (DOH), Dr. Bruce Anderson, and the Hawaii State Epidemiologist, Dr. Sarah Park, spoke at a news conference where the state reported its highest numbers to date of COVID-19 cases. Although much of the concern has centered on out-of-state travelers, community spread has also increased in recent weeks. ...
Read More DOH Leadership says stopping COVID-19 begins with all of us

The State of Hawaii is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Douglas this weekend. Douglas formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean this week but recently crossed the 140°W latitude, making it a central Pacific tropical storm. With sustained winds of 120 mph, Douglas is now a major category-3 hurricane. However, it is expected to weaken ...
Read More Hurricane Douglas headed for Hawaii