COVID-19 News Conference Speakers: • Senator Ron Kouchi, President of the Hawaii State Senate • State Representative Scott K. Saiki, Hawaii Representative Council – Keynote Speaker • Alan Oshima • Governor Lieutenant Josh Green • Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director, Hawaii State Department of Health
Posted by Governor David Ige on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Governor David Ige shared his condolences when the state reported its sixth COVID-19 death. Passers-by are identified as residents of Maui. This is the second COVID-19 related death from a resident of Maui County.
State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said the deaths on Maui involved deaths that were not guarded and confirmed by a medical examiner. Anderson also said that the 15 cluster cases in Maui were not new, contrary to previous information provided by the Joint Information Center. He said the cases were found from time to time and calculated in the previous total.
Governor Ige also discussed the collection of positive results found on employees at Maui Health. “This is a reminder that the virus does not discriminate,” Governor David Ige said.
Lieutenant Governor Josh Green said the country would now make contact to test all symptomatic and asymptomatic people who had close contact with those who tested positive for the cluster group last month.
“We have the capacity to hunt down this virus,” said Lieutenant Governor Green.
COVID-19 Second death on Maui in Investigation
Investigators from the State Department of Health are in the process of gathering details about the second Maui resident who died from COVID-19. This is an adult male over 65 years old and is a clear reminder of the human casualties suffered by this disease in Hawai‘i. My personal condolences to the male friends and family who pass by. This brings the total number of deaths from coronaviruses in the entire state to six.
Maui Hospital Confirms 15 Positive Employee Tests for COVID-19
Maui Memorial Medical Center has confirmed 15 workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees were immediately sent home to remote places and there were plans to move these employees to quarantine places far from their families. In addition, other hospital workers will be tested for COVID-19. Governor Ige commented, “This is a reminder for everyone that the virus does not discriminate and that all people are vulnerable – including those who protect the community.” Maui Mayor Mike Victorino also released a statement saying, “I want everyone to be at the forefront of this pandemic. These are difficult times for all of us and we immediately take action to help our healthcare workers. Maui County will direct all available personal protective equipment to the hospital for its staff. “Everyone is reminded once again to follow orders to stay at home, to obey physical long-distance measures and to wear masks to protect others when needing to be around them. N95 masks and other medical grade masks must be provided for health professionals and respondents first.
Former President of HECO Appointed as Economic Recovery and Resilience Navigator
Governor David Ige has appointed a well-known business leader to head up the efforts of Hawai plani in developing plans for economic and community stabilization, recovery and resilience. Alan Oshima, former President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., has been appointed to the newly created role of Economic Recovery and the Navigator of Resilience. Oshima will lead a collaborative effort between government and business interests, nonprofit organizations, and the community in developing and implementing the Hawaii Economic and Resilience Recovery Plan. Oshima is currently a senior executive advisor for HECO. He began the position in February, after spending five years as president and chief executive of HECO. Commenting on the new position, Governor Ige said, “This is an important step to address the urgent needs of the country while working on the road to economic recovery.”
Lt Governor’s Office:
Update on Testing Policy
Hawaii will now be a “contact test,” which is a close, intimate contact of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact and tests will be determined and ordered by the Hawaii Department of Health and / or a licensed health service provider and conducted by the Hawaii State Laboratory and / or private laboratory. Identified close contacts of people who test positive will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Because some asymptomatic close contacts can test negatively, additional testing for these people will be evaluated and ordered on a case-by-case basis. Contact testing will continue to be prioritized among important infrastructure workers such as health service providers, police, firefighters, EMS and others. Asymptomatic members of the general public and not considered close contacts will not be tested at this time.
Renewal of State-wide Hospital Capacity on April 8, 2020
Department of Health:
Second Death in Maui and 25 New COVID-19 Cases Across the State
The death of a Maui man, aged 65 or older is being investigated as the death of the six states of COVID-19, and the second on Maui. The number of new cases today includes 25 additional adults, 14 of whom are residents of Hawaii. Five (5) are non-Hawaiian residents and the remaining six (6) residences are unknown.
* Deaths reported after 12:00 midnight are included in the official reports of the following days.
++ Includes two positive cases in Molokai.
** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown diagnostic area at the time of this report. When more information is available for these cases, they are assigned to the appropriate Diagnosis Area. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to an area.
Updated Multi-Language Physical Poster Updated Available
The revised poster reminding everyone to practice maintaining physical distance is now available online for anyone to use. The posters are written in English, Hawaiian and Japanese, and are free to download. Everyone is encouraged to print posters and hang them so that others can help curb the spread of COVID-19. Download the poster here:
Department of Defense:
Hawai‘i National Guard (HING) Confirms COVID-19 First Positive Case
Two Hawaiian National Guards were tested positive for COVID-19. The Guards are not part of Guard activation or in a Joint Task Force that supports various missions throughout the state during a pandemic. The first case involved a pilot with the Hawaii National Air Guards – who worked as a full-time civil servant. The second involved members of the Hawaiian National Guard, who worked full time at HING, but started working in March. Both members are in good condition and are being monitored by their medical providers. Responding to these cases, Hawaii Deputy National Guard Aide General Colonel Stephen Logan said, “The Hawaiian National Guard is a big ohana and it hurts us when two of us who tested positive during an unprecedented period. We will support these two Guards and their families as needed. “
Department of Transportation:
Six Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed about American Pride
Six crew members on the Pride of America cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19. Two people have been taken to hospital for treatment. Other cases have been isolated on board. There are about 500 crew members on board. Precautions have been taken including separating crew members to follow social distance guidelines. Healthy crew members will be allowed to leave the ship to immediately leave for their home country. Those who leave Hawaii will be asked to wear masks while traveling, and quarantine at home for 14 days after landing at their final destination. Pride of America has not had passengers since March 14, 2020, when the cruise ship temporarily suspended operations. Pride of America is the only cruise ship with a port of origin in Hawai’i.
Department of Land & Natural Resources
The State Conservation Officer Cites 34 People For Violating COVID-19 Rules
Over the past few weeks, in O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i Island, officers from the Conservation and Resource Enforcement Division (DOCARE) of DLNR quoted 34 people for violating State Park regulations, quarantine itself and and orders to stay at the governor’s house , related to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Island of Hawaii DOCARE officer quoted a 28-year-old Kailua-Kona woman as having entered a closed inside area Hapuna State Beach Recreation Area that has been closed by the DLNR State Parks Division. A 31-year-old Russian was cited for violating the requirements of the State’s own quarantine order, after being observed operating a small dugout in an uncertain manner in Waiākea Public Fishing Area in Hilo. Subsequent investigations revealed that he had arrived at Hilo Harbor in a sailing ship and had been given quarantine orders himself by the Hawaii Department of Port Transportation-Section. In Kaua‘i, DOCARE Officers have quoted ten people for violating the closure of the State Park in Kalalau, Polihale, Okay, ʻŌpaekaʻa Wailua Waterfall and River Park. DOCARE’s Head of Enforcement Jason Redulla noted, “In addition to these violations, which aim to keep everyone safe during this crisis, the DOCARE Officer who conducted a recent law enforcement operation in the long-closed Sacred Falls State Park citing ten (10) person. Not only did they violate the order to stay at home and the law of the area closed, they also endangered their lives and emergency responders. The park is closed for good reasons. “Eight people lost their lives and dozens were injured in the May 1999 landslide. Redulla noted that many quotes occurred on the day when all Oahu was under the supervision of flash floods. At the Diamond Head State Monument on O‘ahu a dozen people have been quoted to enter the park while it is closed.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs:
Banking and Financial Resources Available for COVID-19
DCCA encourages people to contact their financial institutions and government agencies if they need financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals and small businesses. Nearly $ 2.2 trillion was spent as part of the Corona Assistance, Economic Assistance and Security Act (CARES) Act to assist during this time. Of the money – $ 349 billion will be available for small business loans – and can be used to pay employees, including health benefits, loans and payments, and utilities. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals will also be able to apply.
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