Hawai'i Island Civil Defense News Release: COVID-19 update for September 6, 2020 (Afternoon)

This is a COVID-19 informational update for Sunday afternoon, September 6th.

As of noon today, there are fourteen (14) new cases of Coronavirus on Hawaii Island. At this date, for Hawaii Island, the Hilo Medical Center reports a total of five deaths, all are from the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home. Our sadness, our respect, our condolences and appreciation goes out to their families.

In efforts to control the spread of the Coronavirus on Hawaii Island, the following are in effect:

• All beach and shoreline parks are closed effective September 4th through the 19th. The activities of exercising, fishing, food gathering, use of restroom, shower facilities and access to the ocean will continue to be allowed.

• Increased testing will continue throughout the Island and in the past two weeks testing has been increased by four times. Between the dates of September 2nd and September 5th, the County of Hawaii has sponsored 2 tests in Keaau, 1 in Milolii, and 2 in Pahoa. Remember the purpose of testing is to identify positive cases as early as possible and in this way help stop the spread of the virus and to provide early treatment. Thank you for your tremendous participation in testing.

• The Hawaii County Police Department will continue their enforcement of the preventative polices of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings. Know that these policies are mandated and will be enforced. If we all follow these policies this virus can be stopped.

With your help, we can stop the spread of the virus to keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe. With the community’s involvement, we can keep Hawaii Safe.

Thank you for listening and have a safe Labor Day Weekend.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.