This is a COVID-19 informational update for Monday afternoon, September 7th.
As of noon today, there are eleven (11) new cases of Coronavirus on Hawaii Island. At this date, for Hawaii Island, the Hilo Medical Center reports a total of eight 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 through September 19th. Field reports reflect a tremendous cooperation by the community. Mahalo for doing your part.
• 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, 2 in Pahoa, and 1 in Milolii. A warm thank you to the Milolii community for helping County task force members in your community. 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. Mahalo for your participation.
• 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. Mahalo for your help.
With all accepting kuleana, 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.