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Top Story: The Hawaii County Council has passed two non-binding resolutions urging Governor Ige and Mayor Kim to shut down Hawaii Island amid coronavirus concerns.
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Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today ordered all state courthouses closed to the public, except for official court business, from March 23 to April 30.
Two presumptive positive coronavirus cases were identified Friday afternoon at Kona Community Hospital, COVID-19 Task Force chief Lt. Gov. Josh Green said.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said today all state parks are closed and its Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has suspended all commercial operator permits until further notice.
Gov. David Ige and Labor and Industrial Relations Director Scott Murakami announced said today the state is acting to address unemployment claims filing problems and a program to efficiently train and transfer labor into Hawaiis businesses that can help reduce job losses and dampen the economic slide due to COVID-19.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Hawaii small businesses and nonprofit organizations starting to feel a substantial economic pinch from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
All 11 Big Island state legislators issued a letter today to Mayor Harry Kim urging him to order an immediate county-wide shutdown for the next 15 days.
All Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offices are closed statewide through April 3 because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, DHHL said in a statement today.
With toilet paper in short supply due to consumer hoarding during the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency, the county is asking residents to not flush so-called flushable wipes, paper towels or paper napkins down the toilet.
Drive-up testing at Queens North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea was relocated to a more convenient location as of Thursday, March 19, and testing is expanded to six days a week, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open, but is modifying operations to promote social distancing because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, National Park Service said in a statement today.
The wheels of justice, oftentimes slow in Hawaii County, have become even slower because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Latest update: State health officials confirmed today that two of the 11 new COVID-19 cases in the state had no recent travel history, indicating that the virus is now being transmitted via community members.
Puuhonua o Honaunau and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Kona are closed until further notice, the National Parks Service said today, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.