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COVID-19 Daily Update March 11, 2020

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2020                                                                                                                                             20-020

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

Extended Hours for Public Calls to AUW 2-1-1 on COVID-19

Aloha United Way has extended its public call center hours to 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., 7 days a week.

For more information or questions about COVID-19:

 

Media Reports on Canadian Visitor to Hawaii

The Department of Health (DOH) has reached out to its federal partners regarding media reports of a Canadian visitor who, upon return to Canada, was confirmed positive for COVID-19. DOH has not received any information on this individual to this point.

 

Tours Temporarily Suspended at Kalaupapa National Historical Park

DOH has temporarily suspended tours to Kalaupapa National Historical Park until April 11, 2020 as a public health measure to protect the vulnerable population of patients.

 

Community Surveillance Initiative

The Hawaii Department of Health is launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus. About 200 COVID-19 tests will be conducted each week under the program. Samples collected for influenza testing from patients with respiratory symptoms will be randomly selected and also tested for COVID-19. These samples are collected by healthcare providers in doctor’s offices and other outpatient settings. The information will help responders understand the scope if such a spread when it occurs.

 

Continued Contact Follow-Up

The Department of Health is conducting contact tracing and follow-up on the cases associated with the Grand Princess cruise ship in addition to the traveler who had recent travel to Washington State via Hawaiian Airlines. Healthcare workers exposed to the individual without proper precautions are being monitored for symptoms for 14 days.

 

Precautions for seniors

Seniors are at a greater risk for COVID-19, especially those who have underlying health conditions. Older adults and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid non-essential travel, including cruises. Neighbor island residents with scheduled medical treatment or follow-up care on Oahu should consult with their doctors. Seniors should avoid large crowds, wash their hands often, and keep medications and groceries on-hand.

 

For the latest situation reports from the World Health Organization, visit who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.

DOH advises people who think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their healthcare provider in advance of going to a medical facility.

 

  • Tell your provider about your symptoms and any recent travel. Healthcare providers will discuss any possible cases of COVID-19 with DOH to determine if testing is needed.
  • Consider utilizing tele-health services, if available.
  • Avoid traveling or leaving home if you are sick, except for visiting your doctor after contacting them in advance.

 

Second positive case on Oahu

On March 8, DOH tested a second presumptive positive test result for an elderly adult who is hospitalized in serious condition on Oahu. The individual felt ill on March 2 in Washington State and traveled home to Honolulu on March 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified and trace back investigations are being conducted. The Oahu hospital has taken protective and preventive measures and is working with healthcare workers to ensure health and safety. Information is still being gathered and as more information becomes available, the public will be advised.

 

The first presumptive positive case was announced March 6. That individual was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise in Mexico from Feb. 11-21. After arriving in Mexico, the individual traveled home to Honolulu with no symptoms. While home in Honolulu, the individual became ill on March 1, sought medical care and was tested on March 6. The individual is currently isolated at home and is being monitored daily by DOH. The department is conducting a detailed trace investigation to identify, notify, and provide guidance to all close contacts as quickly as possible.

 

Grand Princess cruise ship

To date, there have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (19 crew members and 2 passengers) on the Grand Princess cruise ship that made port calls to Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai on Feb. 26, Honolulu Harbor on Feb. 27, Lahaina, Maui on Feb. 28, and Hilo on Feb. 29. The Department of Health is working closely with the CDC to notify any passengers in Hawaii and trace all close contacts. 

 

The public is advised that exposure risk to tour operators and other hospitality services who interact with visitors on cruises is low. Companies should work on finding out which specific employees actually had close contact (close personal face-to-face contact for more than 10 minutes) with Grand Princess cruise passengers. DOH is contacting companies to gather this information. Companies are advised to notify their workers that there have been individuals from the Grand Princess cruise who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and the overall risk to hospitality workers is low.

 

State Laboratories Division testing

The Hawaii Department of Health is capable of conducting in-state testing for up to 250 individuals per week for COVID-19. Results can be ready within 24-48 hours of a sample being collected. This enhances the state’s prevention and mitigation response capabilities to further safeguard the health of people in Hawaii. It is anticipated that private and clinical labs in California and Hawaii may have testing capability in a few weeks.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 11, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Presumptive Positive or Confirmed Case(s) 

  2

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  6

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

23

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

41

 

Of the 41 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 36 are on Oahu, 4 are on Maui, and 1 is on Kauai. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

 

Presumptive PositiveA presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a public health laboratory, but results are pending confirmation at CDC. For public health purposes, a presumptive positive result using the CDC test is treated as a positive.

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

  

Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea.

 

Business continuity p lanning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have traveled to China, DOH developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

National travel advisories

Before travelingreview Travel Advisories and Alerts for destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destinationThe State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites.  

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China and Iran within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China or Iran passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family.

 

Enhanced screening procedures are in place at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for passengers who have traveled to China and Iran within the last 14 daysAirport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

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Re: NEWS RELEASE: DOH Steps Up Testing for COVID-19: About 2

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On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 3:32 PM Lynn Bailey <sk1tter@...> wrote:


 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

 

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2020                                                                                                               20-018

 

Department of Health Steps Up Testing for COVID-19:

About 200 Tests to be Conducted Each Week

 

HONOLULU -- Hawaii is shifting its COVID-19 response efforts into higher gear this week by launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus.

 

Community spread is defined as cases that cannot be traced back to a traveler or to those who came in contact with a person who has coronavirus.

 

About 200 COVID-19 tests will be conducted each week under the new program. Samples collected for influenza testing from patients with respiratory symptoms will be randomly selected and also tested for COVID-19. These samples are collected by healthcare providers in doctor’s offices and other outpatient settings. The information will help responders understand the scope of such a spread when it occurs.

 

“This is a major new development in our state’s prevention and mitigation efforts,” said Bruce Anderson, Director of Health. “We’ve been asking for this capability and working with the CDC for weeks to get this program in the field. It will help us focus our prevention and response efforts so that we can keep our communities safe and informed about how the virus is affecting our state.”

 

The Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the additional testing. Hawaii is one of many jurisdictions throughout the country that is implementing the program.

 

Anderson said the tests, which will be conducted by the DOH’s State Laboratories Division in Pearl City, will enable the state to identify and notify persons who test positive and take additional actions to try to stop the spread of the virus. DOH will contact the provider and patient in the event of a positive result and provide further guidance.

The Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division is expected to receive up to 400 samples per week from participating healthcare providers and will randomly select and test 200 of these for COVID-19 testing.
A sample involves taking swabs from the back of the nose or throat of patients with flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.


Anderson noted that this new surveillance testing program is being conducted in addition to ongoing testing for Persons Under Investigation (PUI) that is already taking place throughout the state. A PUI is a person who meets the following criteria: has fever and cough or shortness of breath, has traveled to a location
that has been affected by the virus, and whose healthcare provider has consulted a disease investigator with the DOH’s Disease Outbreak Control Division.

Hawaii received its COVID-19 laboratory test materials from the CDC in early February and was unable to conduct testing because of defects in the materials received. The DOH State Laboratories Division staff worked closely with the CDC around the clock to complete the validation process and receive approval from the CDC to move forward with the testing procedure in Hawaii on Feb. 28 using the federal criteria for selecting samples for testing. On March 5, the CDC expanded the criteria for testing to include persons with symptoms who had traveled to areas outside of China with known spread of COVID-19. Physicians work with DOH to determine testing of patients who meet the criteria for prioritized testing for COVID-19.

 

If you have general questions about coronavirus, call 2-1-1 or text 877-275-6569. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Hawaii, visit hawaii.gov/covid19. For national information and resources, go to coronavirus.gov.

 

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Authoritative COVID-19 Resources

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Please see attached.


NEWS RELEASE: DOH Steps Up Testing for COVID-19: About 2

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

 

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2020                                                                                                               20-018

 

Department of Health Steps Up Testing for COVID-19:

About 200 Tests to be Conducted Each Week

 

HONOLULU -- Hawaii is shifting its COVID-19 response efforts into higher gear this week by launching a statewide surveillance testing program to identify cases of community spread of the coronavirus. This additional layer of testing helps detect COVID-19 cases earlier so that appropriate steps can be taken to contain the virus.

 

Community spread is defined as cases that cannot be traced back to a traveler or to those who came in contact with a person who has coronavirus.

 

About 200 COVID-19 tests will be conducted each week under the new program. Samples collected for influenza testing from patients with respiratory symptoms will be randomly selected and also tested for COVID-19. These samples are collected by healthcare providers in doctor’s offices and other outpatient settings. The information will help responders understand the scope of such a spread when it occurs.

 

“This is a major new development in our state’s prevention and mitigation efforts,” said Bruce Anderson, Director of Health. “We’ve been asking for this capability and working with the CDC for weeks to get this program in the field. It will help us focus our prevention and response efforts so that we can keep our communities safe and informed about how the virus is affecting our state.”

 

The Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the additional testing. Hawaii is one of many jurisdictions throughout the country that is implementing the program.

 

Anderson said the tests, which will be conducted by the DOH’s State Laboratories Division in Pearl City, will enable the state to identify and notify persons who test positive and take additional actions to try to stop the spread of the virus. DOH will contact the provider and patient in the event of a positive result and provide further guidance.

The Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division is expected to receive up to 400 samples per week from participating healthcare providers and will randomly select and test 200 of these for COVID-19 testing.
A sample involves taking swabs from the back of the nose or throat of patients with flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.


Anderson noted that this new surveillance testing program is being conducted in addition to ongoing testing for Persons Under Investigation (PUI) that is already taking place throughout the state. A PUI is a person who meets the following criteria: has fever and cough or shortness of breath, has traveled to a location
that has been affected by the virus, and whose healthcare provider has consulted a disease investigator with the DOH’s Disease Outbreak Control Division.

Hawaii received its COVID-19 laboratory test materials from the CDC in early February and was unable to conduct testing because of defects in the materials received. The DOH State Laboratories Division staff worked closely with the CDC around the clock to complete the validation process and receive approval from the CDC to move forward with the testing procedure in Hawaii on Feb. 28 using the federal criteria for selecting samples for testing. On March 5, the CDC expanded the criteria for testing to include persons with symptoms who had traveled to areas outside of China with known spread of COVID-19. Physicians work with DOH to determine testing of patients who meet the criteria for prioritized testing for COVID-19.

 

If you have general questions about coronavirus, call 2-1-1 or text 877-275-6569. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Hawaii, visit hawaii.gov/covid19. For national information and resources, go to coronavirus.gov.

 

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COVID-19 Daily Update March 5, 2020

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2020                                                                                                       20-0014

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

 

A screenshot of a cell phoneDescription automatically generatedGrand Princess cruise ship

The CDC is continuing to monitor passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that is waiting to return to San Francisco. The Grand Princess had two passengers on a cruise to Mexico from Feb. 11-21 who became sick and after disembarking in California were confirmed for COVID-19. The same ship conducted a second cruise from San Francisco and docked in Hawai‘i from Feb. 26-29. While docked in Hawai‘i, an ill crew member was hospitalized and tested negative for COVID-19. At this time, the CDC has not identified a specific risk for Hawai‘i, and DOH will continue to work with them to determine if there is any potential health threat.

 

Emergency proclamation

Yesterday, Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation that allows the state to work quickly and efficiently to prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to provide emergency relief if necessary. This includes authorizing the expenditure of state funds on equipment and supplies as needed. Mayors from the City and County of Honolulu, Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island have also issued emergency proclamations. 

 

Updating physician guidance

Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Medical Advisory Update to alert healthcare providers statewide about updated CDC criteria to guide the evaluation of persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. The criteria for testing PUI has been expanded to a wider group of patients with symptoms. To make the best use of public health laboratory resources, physicians are advised to prioritize testing for hospitalized patients in serious condition. Physicians are required to contact the Disease Outbreak Control Division for authorization for testing. Healthcare facilities and clinics are being asked to review their current visitor policies and consider limiting visitors or at least screening them for illness.

 

State Laboratories Division testing

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is now capable of in-state testing for COVID-19 and results can be ready within 24-48 hours of a sample being collected. This enhances the state’s prevention and mitigation response capabilities to further safeguard the health of people in Hawai‘i. The FDA is overseeing the development of commercially manufactured test kits for private and clinical laboratories that may be available in a few weeks.

 

No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. DOH is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine. Many of these individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 5, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  6

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

72

Of the 72 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 65 are on Oahu, 2 are on Hawaii Island, 3 are on Maui, and 2 are on Kauai. 

 

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

 

  

Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea.

 

Business continuity planning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have traveled to China, DOH developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT)

HDOT Airports Division is diligently working to clean and sanitize the facilities, especially common touch-points like escalator handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons at airports statewide. HDOT is currently working to install additional hand sanitizer dispensers at HNL and neighbor island airports, especially in the lobbies and high passenger volume areas. Airlines are taking precautions by continually cleaning and sanitizing public areas, equipment and aircrafts.

 

National travel advisories

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destinationThe State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites.  

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
  • Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

 

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family.

 

Enhanced screening procedures are in place at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for passengers who have traveled to China and Iran within the last 14 daysAirport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR -- News Release -- Gov. Ige issues emergency proclamation for COVID-19

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Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 4:13 PM
Subject: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR -- News Release -- Gov. Ige issues emergency proclamation for COVID-19
 

 

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

 

Gov. Ige issues emergency proclamation for COVID-19

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2020

 

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today issued an emergency proclamation that allows the state to work quickly and efficiently to prevent, contain and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, and to provide disaster relief if necessary.

 

There are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. The governor is taking this action to be prepared for any possible cases or outbreaks in the state.

 

The mayors of Maui, Kauaʻi and the City and County of Honolulu are also issuing proclamations today in response to recent events revolving around the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Kim issued a proclamation on Friday, February 28, 2020.

 

The state’s emergency proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state funds as appropriated for the purchase of supplies and equipment, and the speedy and efficient response to conditions that may be created by COVID-19.

 

The proclamation also gives the state funding flexibility and allows the governor to suspend any laws that may impede the efficient execution of emergency functions.

 

“Our number one priority is the health and safety of our communities across the state. COVID-19 has prompted the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern. This emergency proclamation will give us the ability to move more quickly and efficiently in our efforts to protect our communities from the virus and provide emergency relief if, and when it is necessary,” said Gov. Ige.  

 

The disaster emergency relief period begins immediately and continues through April 29, 2020.

 

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COVID-19 Daily Update March 4, 2020

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2020                                                                                                        20-013

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

 

Grand Princess cruise ship

The CDC announced it is investigating confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to the Grand Princess cruise ship which is returning to San Francisco. That cruise ship is different from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The Grand Princess had two passengers on a cruise to Mexico from Feb. 11-21 who became sick and after deboarding in California were confirmed for COVID-19. The same ship conducted a second cruise from San Francisco and docked in Hawai‘i from Feb. 26-29. While docked in Hawai‘i, an ill crew member was hospitalized and tested negative for COVID-19. At this time, the CDC has not identified a specific risk for Hawai‘i, and DOH will continue to work with them to determine if there is any potential health threat.

Updating physician guidance

Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Medical Advisory Update to alert healthcare providers statewide about updated CDC criteria to guide the evaluation of persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. The criteria for testing PUI has been expanded to a wider group of patients with symptoms. To make the best use of public health laboratory resources, physicians are advised to prioritize testing for hospitalized patients in serious condition. Physicians are required to contact the Disease Outbreak Control Division for authorization for testing.

 

 

State Laboratories Division testing

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is now capable of in-state testing for COVID-19 and results can be ready within 24-48 hours of a sample being collected. This enhances the state’s prevention and mitigation response capabilities to further safeguard the health of people in Hawai‘i. The FDA is overseeing the development of commercially manufactured test kits for private and clinical laboratories that may be available in a few weeks.

 

No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

 

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. DOH is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine. Many of these individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 4, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  6

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

72

Of the 72 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 65 are on Oahu, 2 are on Hawaii Island, 3 are on Maui, and 2 are on Kauai. 

 

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

 

Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea.

Business continuity planning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have travelled to China, DOH developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT)

HDOT Airports Division is diligently working to clean and sanitize the facilities, especially common touchpoints like escalator handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons at airports statewide. HDOT is currently working to install additional hand sanitizer dispensers at HNL and neighbor island airports, especially in the lobbies and high passenger volume areas. Airlines are taking precautions by continually cleaning and sanitizing public areas, equipment and aircrafts.

 

National travel advisories

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destination. The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites.  

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
  • Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

 

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family.

 

Enhanced screening procedures are in place at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for passengers who have traveled to China and Iran within the last 14 days. Airport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

# # #

 


Fw: Fwd: COVID-19 Daily Update 3/3/20

WH6ERV lynn b
 


Good morning,

I am trying to forward these updates as quickly as I get them, but I notice that not all of  them make it to my inbox, or they are sometimes delayed.  As WH6GAJ mentioned on the Tuesday night net, and as noted below,  you may sign up for daily updates from HDOH at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

The HDOH web page is also updated almost daily.  The most current information is available at: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/#resources

Lynn wh6erv

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: DOH.dirclerk <DOH.dirclerk@...>
Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Daily Update 3/3/20
To:


 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2020                                                                                                                                                              20-012

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

 No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

 

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. The Department of Health is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary as of March 3 shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine. Many of these individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by the Department of Health.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 3, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  6

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

89

 

Of the 89 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 81 are on O‘ahu, 5 are on Hawai‘i Island, 1 is on Maui, and 2 are on Kaua‘i. 

 

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

 

CDC Guidance for public gatherings/events

At this time the Department of Health is not recommending the cancellation of any events or large gatherings. The CDC has issued interim guidance on public events/gatherings as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Event planners are asked to prepare plans for the phases before, during, and after the event. The link to the guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

 

CDC Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea. CDC will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

 

Business continuity planning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have travelled to China, the Department of Health developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
  • Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

 

National travel advisories

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destinationThe State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites. At this time, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and Iran, and entry of foreign nationals from these areas has been suspended. CDC also recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea and Italy, and older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to Japan.

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family. Airport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

COVID-19 testing

The Dept. of Health State Laboratory is now testing samples for COVID-19. Testing is only conducted on patients who meet the CDC criteria for a person under investigation (PUI). Only a physician can request testing after consulting with Hawaii Department of Health disease investigators.

 

Lab tour

On Tuesday the Department of Health set up and conducted a tour of the State Laboratory facility in Pearl City that tests for COVID-19. Gov. Ige was in attendance and addressed the media – giving them an overview of the process of testing. To watch the press conference: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/202818467475258/

 

# # #

 

 


COVID-19 Daily Update March 2, 2020

WH6ERV lynn b
 


 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            20-011

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

 

No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

 

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. DOH is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary as of March 2 shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine. Many of these individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 2, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  2

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

91

Of the 90 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 83 are on O‘ahu, 5 are on Hawai‘i Island, 1 is on Maui, and 2 are on Kaua‘i. 

 

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

 

 

  

Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea. CDC will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Business continuity planning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have travelled to China, DOH developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
  • Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

 

National travel advisories

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destination. The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites. At this time, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and Iran, and entry of foreign nationals from these areas has been suspended. CDC also recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea and Italy, and older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to Japan.

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

 

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family. Airport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

# # #

 


EARC Meeting - Presentations

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

Any volunteers for topic presentation at our next EARC Membership meeting?  Please let me know.  I hope to see you all there.  Thanks in advance.

Aloha,
de KH6WG


COVID-19 Daily Update March 1, 2020

WH6ERV lynn b
 



 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20-010

 

COVID-19 Daily Update 

 

 

No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

 

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. DOH is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary as of March 1 shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine. Many of these individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

 

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of March 1, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  1

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

90

Of the 90 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 82 are on O‘ahu, 5 are on Hawai‘i Island, 1 is on Maui, and 2 are on Kaua‘i. 

 

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

 

Updated physician guidance and criteria for persons under investigation

On Feb. 27, the CDC updated the definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) to include travelers to other areas. CDC has posted updated Criteria to Guide Evaluation of PUI for COVID-19On Feb. 26, the DOH issued a medical advisory which encourages clinicians to reach out to the health department to discuss testing if they have a patient who meets the criteria for a PUI.

  

Guidance for schools and childcare programs

The CDC recently posted interim guidance for administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. School closures have taken place in Japan and South Korea. CDC will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Business continuity planning

State and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19. The goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency. To address concerns about workers who have travelled to China, DOH developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers to guide local businesses.

 

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation. Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers. If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
    • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
    • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
    • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.
  • Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT)

HDOT Airports Division is diligently working to clean and sanitize the facilities, especially common touchpoints like escalator handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons at airports statewide. HDOT is currently working to install additional hand sanitizer dispensers at HNL and neighbor island airports, especially in the lobbies and high passenger volume areas. Airlines are taking precautions by continually cleaning and sanitizing public areas, equipment and aircrafts.

 

National travel advisories

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destination. The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites.  

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

 

Foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family.

 

Enhanced screening procedures are in place at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to help keep the public and traveling community safe. An additional feature is the non-contact thermal temperature scanners that are used for incoming passengers from China. Airport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

 

# # #

 


COVID-19 Daily Update February 27, 2020

WH6ERV lynn b
 





DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

BRUCE S. ANDERSON, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR

 

February 27, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20-007

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

New Case in California

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19.  At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown. This case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.

Japan School Closures

Japan has ordered all elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide to close from Monday through spring break, which typically ends in early April.

 

Testing in Hawaii

 

We have the three components of the test kit in Hawaii. There was a concern about one of the components, but the CDC has said the state’s laboratory can start the verification process now. The state could have testing capacity as early as next week.

 

Today, the CDC updated the definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) to account for travelers to other areas. CDC has posted updated Criteria to Guide Evaluation of PUI for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html.

 

The DOH medical advisory issued yesterday also encourages clinicians to reach out to the health department to discuss testing if they have a patient hospitalized with severe respiratory illness and no identified source of exposure.

 

Business continuity preparedness

Should the situation escalate in Hawaii, state and county agencies are actively preparing for continuity of business operations to deal with the potential threat of COVID-19’s impact. In addition to prevention, the goal is to enable ongoing operations during a public health emergency.

 

National travel advisories

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning Avoid Non-essential Travel for South Korea.  

The U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 travel advisory asking people not to travel to China due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. A level 2 travel advisory has been issued for Japan and advises people to exercise increased caution especially for older adults and those with medical conditions.

Before you travel, check out Travel Advisories and Alerts for your destination(s) at www.travel.state.gov/destination. The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific advice to travelers on their websites. 

Per the Department of Transportation, the Diamond Princess cruise ship is NOT coming to Hawaii and has not made any requests to do so.

Prepare now for potential risks

The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing COVID-19. While there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time, state health officials do expect to eventually identify cases in Hawaii because this is a global health threat to our entire nation. At this time, the imminent threat here in Hawaii is low. Nevertheless, state and county agencies are intensifying their preparations.

The Department of Health is advising people to take steps now to prepare should the risk of community spread increase.

Prepare a family plan should there be a COVID-19 outbreak in Hawaii. A family plan worksheet can be downloaded from: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2016/03/bw_emergency_plan.pdf.

 

 

Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication. The DOH recommends a three-month supply. For more information, visit
https://health.hawaii.gov/prepare/files/2018/06/Plan_To_Be_Ready.pdf
  

 

  • Don’t forget supplies for your pets.

 

No cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii at this time

Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii. DOH is actively preparing for possible cases and working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community in Hawaii. The following summary as of Feb. 27 shows the number of individuals being monitored or under quarantine because of their recent travel to China. These individuals were identified through screening by federal officials at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These numbers fluctuate often as travelers arrive, depart, or begin and end their self-monitoring with supervision by DOH.

COVID-19 Summary of Numbers as of Feb. 27, 2020
(updated as new information becomes available)

Number of Confirmed Case(s) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (current, testing pending) 

  0

Number of Persons Under Investigation (closed, testing negative)

  0

Number of Persons Under Quarantine

  0

Number of Persons Self-Monitoring with DOH supervision

80

 Of the 80 individuals who are self-monitoring with public health supervision, 73 are on Oahu, 5 are on Hawaii Island, 1 is on Maui, and 1 is on Kauai.

Confirmed: Meets CDC criteria and positive test result received from a certified laboratory.

Person Under Investigation (PUI): Meets CDC criteria for investigation and testing pending.

Quarantine: Individuals are required to remain in a designated location and separated from others. They are actively monitored by Department of Health staff. Quarantine is enforceable by law.

Monitoring: Individuals voluntarily remain at home and refrain from work, school, gathering places, and public transit. They communicate daily with Department of Health staff.

Preventing the spread of misinformation and disease

The Department of Health is committed to sharing information as it becomes available. People are urged not to spread misinformation or inaccurate statements that are not confirmed, and keep updated and informed on the situation.

Everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·         Stay home when you are sick.

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·        Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates. 

 

Screening of arriving passengers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

 

Foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within the last 14 days are being denied entry into the U.S. This includes not only people with a China passport, but all foreign nationals per Department of Homeland Security guidance. The exception is U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents or their immediate family.

 

Enhanced screening procedures are in place at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to help keep the public and traveling community safe. An additional feature is the non-contact thermal temperature scanners that are used for incoming passengers from China. Airport passenger screening continues to be conducted by federal authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For additional information on the airport screening process submit a media request to CDC.

 

Wearing Masks

A mask can be effective if you are ill and can prevent the spread of your illness. A mask is not effective to wear when you are well and want to protect yourself from someone who is ill.

 


Technician Classes begin 3/2

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

EARC all,
Better late than never.  I have 3 students signed up for the March 2nd Technician class.  If you know anyone who is interested, it's not too late to register.  Drop me an email - skawamae@....  More info on the EARC website:  http://www.earchi.org/education and click on Classes.  

Aloha,
de KH6WG


COVID-19 Livestream Feb 27, 1130 hrs

WH6ERV lynn b
 

A livestream with the latest updates on COVID-19 and questions from viewers is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, at 11:30 at http://facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge

Shceduled speakers include Hawaii @GovernorDavidIge, Department of Health's Danette Wong Tomiyasu and Dr. Sarah Park.

You don't need to log in to Facebook to view this. Just click the link. 


Additional HDOH Li

WH6ERV lynn b
 

Here are some additional links you may like:

Sign up for daily, valid, factual, updates about the coronaviris:
https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/

HDOH You Tube Channel:
https://m.youtube.com/user/HIHealthDept



HDOH Information about COVID19

WH6ERV lynn b
 

Hi Everybody,

As a follow up to tonight's net, I'd like to share some HDOH resources where you can get official information about Hawaii's response to the Coronavirus.

HDOH Website about Coronavirus in Hawaii:
https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/ 

HDOH FAQs (updated frequently):
 https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2020/01/2019_nCoV_FAQ.pdf 

Fact sheets, workplace information, school information, and other resources: 
https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/#resources

For general questions about COVID-19, you can call Aloha United Way at 211 (dial 2-1-1)

Lynn Bailey 
WH6ERV


General Membership Meeting - Tue, 02/18/2020 #cal-notice

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General Membership Meeting

When:
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:
Fleet Reserve Assn, Branch 46. 894 Valkenburg St. Honolulu 96819

Organizer:
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Description:
Monthly General Membership Meeting


Upcoming Event: General Membership Meeting - Tue, 02/18/2020 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: General Membership Meeting

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Reminder: It's renewal season for 2020!

WH7GG Keith Higa
 

CQ EARC,

Just a friendly reminder from your membership committee that it's renewal season again for 2020. As of today, we have 79 new and renewing members for 2020, and we'd like to get this up to 100 by the end of March. If you are among those who renewed early, thanks so much for your support.

As usual, I'll be at the Fleet Reserve for the EARC meeting on Tuesday, February 18, with receipt book and money bag ready to accept renewals; just see me at my station at the front of the room. 

You can also renew via our new online form and send your dues via Paypal:

or by sending it by mail to PO Box 30315, Honolulu, HI  96820.

If you have any questions on your membership status, I can check for you; just ask me and I'll let you know if I need dues from you.

As always, thank you for your continuing support of the EARC.

Mahalo and 73,

Keith, WH7GG
Treasurer/Membership Chair