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Hawai’i COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 12, 2020

Department of Health:

Thirteen New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

All 13 of the new positive cases reported today are adult Hawai‘i residents bringing the total number of cases since Feb. 28, 2020 to 499 statewide. Overall travel-related cases have decreased markedly, with continued slight increases in community-associated cases. The 9th death was reported yesterday as a female, O‘ahu resident, 65-years of age or older, who had been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

Update on Maui Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 Cluster

Since mid-March through April 7, fifteen (15) healthcare workers at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) have been identified as COVID-19 positive by MMMC infection control staff. Four (4) patients are under investigation as potentially linked to this cluster. Since April 8 an additional 90 healthcare personnel and 36 patients have been tested. Some results are pending, but an additional seven (7) staff and five (5) patients have tested positive, bringing the total number of people (healthcare workers and patients) under investigation to 31 as of yesterday. By tomorrow the hospital will have notified 194 patients who received care at MMMC by affected healthcare workers. DOH is assisting with telephone outreach and testing of impacted patients and healthcare providers is ongoing.

Rely Only on Official Information, Even When It Looks Official

The discovery of an official looking warning poster, put up in West O‘ahu, prompts a reminder that people should check with official sources like the Dept. of Health or the Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center to determine whether any posted information is accurate. People should refrain from creating any type of “official” seeming posters, pamphlets, documents, or social media posts as they can mislead people.

Free Downloadable Physical Distancing Posters & Infographics

Free, downloadable, multi-lingual, physical distancing posters and infographics for posting and social media use are available. Languages featured are English with Hawaiian, Japanese, Tagalog, Ilocano, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Samoan, Vietnamese, Marshallese and Chuckese. Businesses and individuals are welcome and encouraged to post these widely. Please continue to practice good physical distancing measures this Easter holiday weekend.

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Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:

Passenger Arrivals for Saturday, April 11

Yesterday, twenty (20) fewer people arrived at state airports compared to Friday. 404 people arrived in Hawai‘i including 89 visitors and 147 residents. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism:

DBEDT reports the following interisland travel numbers for April 7, 2020. Please note reporting is delayed due to processing of visitor arrival forms.

Hawai‘i State House of Representatives:

Fourth Select Committee on Economic & Financial Preparedness Scheduled

The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness will hold its 4th informational briefing tomorrow, Monday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. The briefing will focus on the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program loans, including an in-depth discussion on planning to reopen Hawai‘i’s economy post coronavirus. The briefing will be held via community television and online and no in-person testimony will be accepted. You can watch the meeting on ‘Olelo Channel 49 or on the House webcast page.

This digest in PDF form is here::COVID-19 Daily News Digest April 12, 2020

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