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Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be provided on the following schedule through November 23.


· Wednesday, November 18:

o Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

o Hilo at Civic Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, November 19:

o Waikoloa at Kamakoa Nui Park, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Friday, November 20:

o Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

· Saturday, November 21:

o West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Kona, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

o Hilo at Civic Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Monday, November 23:

o Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.


No insurance is necessary to be tested, but please bring your insurance card if you have one. No co-pay for individuals being tested. You do not have to have symptoms in order to be tested.

Please be sure to wear a face covering at all times, and observe social distancing.

For further information, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.



Solid Waste Service Closures at 11:00 a.m. Today, November 17, 2020

(Scrap Metal and White Goods/Appliances at East Hawai‘i Locations:

Hilo, Pāhoa, Kea‘au and Laupāhoehoe)


Hilo Scrap Metal and White Goods services at the Hilo Transfer Station will close today at 11:00 a.m. The Scrap Metal and White Goods services should reopen as regularly scheduled tomorrow, November 18, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Pāhoa Scrap Metal and White Goods services at the Pāhoa Transfer Station will close today at 11:00 a.m. The Scrap Metal and White Goods services should reopen as regularly scheduled tomorrow, November 18, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Keaʻau Scrap Metal and White Goods services at the Kea‘au Transfer Station will close today at 11:00 a.m. The Scrap Metal and White Goods services should reopen as regularly scheduled tomorrow, November 18, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Laupāhoehoe Scrap Metal and White Goods services at the Laupāhoehoe Transfer Station will close today at 11:00 a.m. The Scrap Metal and White Goods services should reopen as regularly scheduled Friday, November 20, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.


Please visit our www.hawaiizerowaste.org website for future closure information and locations, or call the Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division Office, at 961-8270.


To register for Solid Waste notifications (via email or text), visit our website at www.hawaiizerowaste.org.


Contact:

Michael Kaha, Solid Waste Division Deputy Chief, County of Hawaiʻi Department of Environmental Mgmt. (office main line 808-961-8083; Solid Waste Admin 808-961-8270)

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is accepting COVID-19 Health and Safety Plans from hotel operators in Hawaii as required by Gov. David Ige’s Fifteenth Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency, which he signed yesterday.


According to the proclamation, the plan “shall identify the measures the operator has enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what guests, customers, invitees, employees, contractors, vendors and other persons who enter the property’s premises may expect in terms of service, accommodations and required safety protocols.” In addition, the plan “shall address all applicable guidance from the CDC and it shall be the responsibility of the hotel operator of each property to accommodate guests who become positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts of a person who is positive for COVID-19, either by accommodating these guests at the property or by securing alternative accommodations.”


The proclamation requires that all “hotel operators shall publish the COVID-19 Health and Safety Plans of each property they operate, including by making it available on their websites and by submitting it to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.”


HTA is accepting COVID-19 Health and Safety Plans from hotel operators in Hawai‘i by email at hotelcovidplans@gohta.net. They must be sent as a PDF. All other formats will not be accepted. HTA is not responsible for ensuring that the submitted plans comply with the requirements of the proclamation. Hotels are urged to review their respective plans to ensure compliance before emailing them to HTA.


COVID-19 Health and Safety Plans that are received in the correct PDF format will be posted at https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/hotel-covid-plans/.

HTA recommends that hotel properties contact their respective association for further guidance and assistance.


For questions regarding the submission of the required plans, please email hotelcovidplans@gohta.net.



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