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Top Story: Six Hawaii residents and two other passengers were allowed to leave the “Maasdam” docked at Honolulu Harbor.
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Accessed on 21 March 2020, 0325 UTC, Post 20460.
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Six Hawaii residents and an injured passenger and her spouse have been allowed to leave the cruise ship after some uncertainty whether anyone would be allowed to get off amid concerns about the coronavirus. Read more
Federal loans available to Hawaii small businesses suffering from coronavirus crisis, Gov. David Ige says
Loans of up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills that can’t be paid because of a disaster’s impact. Read more
Hawaii health officials said today that community transmission of the new coronavirus is occurring on Oahu. Read more
Party officials plan to add a new round of mail-in balloting to the party-run presidential primary so that people who had planned to vote in person on April 4 can still participate in the polling. Read more
The plan will involve hiring or reassigning roughly 500 people and cost about $1 million per month, according to the state Senate’s special committee on COVID-19. Read more
All nine members of the Honolulu City Council signed a letter urging Gov. David Ige to take stronger steps to isolate the state from outsiders during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Read more
Here’s the latest info about which events in Hawaii have been affected by the coronavirus. Read more
The soldiers posted notes on social media about the poor conditions. Their complaints got quick attention from senior Army and Pentagon leaders. Read more
On Wednesday, the university system switched to online delivery of courses for the rest of the spring semester. Read more
“As Mayor, you are the only person who has the direct authority to institute these actions,” the letter said. Read more
City officials plan to announce that a drive-through coronavirus testing site is being established in the parking lot of Kakaako Waterfront Park. Read more
With bars shuttered and stressed-out workers stuck at home, companies and friend groups across the U.S. are holding happy hours over video chat to commiserate and keep spirits high. Read more
A group of Oahu restaurateurs big and small have banned together to form a program that will deliver free meals to residents of lower income senior housing facilities on Oahu during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more
The property is part of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) Resorts, which serve current and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and other authorized users. Read more
Because of an emergency COVID-19 proclamation, police said there are enhanced penalties for certain crimes that include burglary, theft and robbery. Read more
The governors of the three states acted in a bid to fend off the kind of onslaught that has caused the health system in southern Europe to buckle. Read more
Authorities say he lied about having the coronavirus, causing a business to shut down and creating panic in a school system. Read more
The big-box retailer also is taking steps to sweeten the deal for workers. Read more
Following are developments today related to the outbreak, efforts by governments to stabilize their economies, companies that must navigate through an altered landscape, and the millions of people affected. Read more
Trump again painted an unrealistically rosy picture of the outlook, as doctors and nurses have already made desperate appeals for help even as the anticipated wave of new patients has yet to hit. Read more