This is a COVID-19 informational update for Monday morning, September 7th.
On today’s update of COVID-19, the number of active cases, on Hawaii Island, reported and monitored by the Department of Health is two hundred and eighty-one (281).
There are fourteen (14) new cases of Coronavirus on Hawaii Island.
At this date, for Hawaii Island, nine (9) are hospitalized. The Hilo Medical Center reports a total of eight deaths, all are from the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home. Prayers and condolences from the Island’s People go out to the families.
In efforts to control the spread of the Coronavirus on Hawaii Island, the following policies remain in effect:
• All beach and shoreline parks are closed through September 19th. Field reports reflect a tremendous cooperation by the community. Mahalo for your help in keeping Hawaii safe.
• 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 help in keeping Hawaii safe.
• 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 in keeping Hawaii safe.
With your help, we can stop the spread of the virus to keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe.
Thank you for listening and have a safe holiday.
This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.