Civil Defense reports 34 new COVID-19 cases on Big Island

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency this morning reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 on the Big Island. At this time, 12 are hospitalized. Testing is ongoing until noon today at Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona. Additional testing will be conducted from 9 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday at Kahuku Park, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. No insurance is…

AARP dashboard provides data on COVID-19 in Hawaii nursing homes

A new data dashboard released this week by AARP shows Hawaii had nearly double the national average in COVID-related nursing home deaths throughout a four-week period in August and September. Aggregating and analyzing data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the dashboard looks at resident deaths and virus cases per 100 residents,…

Almost 4,000 tested after arriving on the Big Island

Nearly 4,000 travelers were given post-flight tests at Big Island airports during the past week. Under a policy established by Mayor Harry Kim, Hawaii County on Oct. 15 began allowing out-of-state travelers to forgo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival with the presentation of one negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival and another…

29 new COVID-19 cases reported on the Big Island; two more deaths at Life Care Center

Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on the Big Island today. Thirteen individuals are hospitalized. While Civil Defense said Hawaii Island’s COVID-related death toll remained at 40, Life Care Center of Hilo reported two additional COVID-related deaths on Wednesday. According to an update on the facility’s website, there have now…

DOH: Uptick in syphilis cases in Hawaii a concern

The number of syphilis cases in women and newborns in Hawaii has increased annually during the past four years, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. “While we know everyone’s current attention is focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we must also pay close attention to syphilis because of the potential health effects, especially…

Road projects begin today in Honokaa

Roadwork along Plumeria and Lehua streets in Honokaa begins today. According to the county Department of Public Works, the rehabilitation project includes paving Plumeria Street from Mamalahoa Highway to the intersection of Mamane Street and Honokaa-Waipio Valley Road. The project, which consists of pavement reconstruction and pavement striping and markers, is set to be completed…

Keaau man charged with armed burglary in Kurtistown

A 35-year-old Keaau man was arrested and charged last week in connection with an alleged armed burglary of a Kurtistown residence. In the early morning of Oct. 16, a burglary was reported at a residence on Lilikoi Drive in Kurtistown. When officers arrived, a male subject left the building and fled on foot, and was…

DOH reports 78 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

The state Department of Health has reported 78 new COVID-19 cases statewide, bringing the total number of cases in Hawaii since the start of the pandemic to 14,233. Nine cases were reported today on the Big Island, 65 on Oahu and four in Maui County. The DOH also reported 14 COVID-related deaths, bringing the official…

Hilo man considered armed and dangerous arrested

A Hilo man considered armed and dangerous by police was arrested and charged last week for an array of property and financial offenses. Gavin Kekoa o‘kalani Calicdan, 29, was charged on Oct. 13 with two counts of first-degree theft, three counts of first-degree criminal property damage, nine counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information,…

Kim announces two ways interisland travelers can avoid quarantine on the Big Island

Interisland travelers to Hawaii County will have choices on how to avoid quarantine after they arrive. The new system, effective Wednesday, will enable interisland travelers to either test for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before traveling to the Big Island, or be tested after arrival. A negative post-arrival test would allow the traveler to…

Ige: Interisland travel could open by end of year

Gov. David Ige said during a news conference Monday that he believes the state may be able to resume unrestricted interisland travel by the end of the year if the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues to drop. Even though trans-Pacific travelers are now permitted to skip the 14-day quarantine if they received a negative…

Week Without Violence underway

Believe. It’s a seven-letter word that can make a world of difference to a victim of sexual assault. “If you’re trusted enough to have them report to you, let them know you believe them and that you’ll help connect them to someone who can help,” said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of YWCA of Hawaii Island. “Let…

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