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Top Story: Hawaii health officials say the COVID-19 threat will last “at least four or five months.”
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Accessed on 26 March 2020, 0700 UTC, Post 204490.
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Anderson said health officials are scrambling to prepare for health care needs, as well as project what the case numbers might be when the wave of disease hits the population. Read more
The massive legislation passed on a 96-0 vote after days of intense negotiations between Senate Republicans and Democrats. Read more
According to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University, the number of dead in the U.S. from the coronavirus rose to 1,041 as of late today, with nearly 70,000 infections. Read more
The coronavirus pandemic, Gov. David Ige said today, has created a “challenge and burden for everyone across Hawaii.” Read more
Point guard Drew Buggs, the University of Hawaii basketball team’s career leader in assists, confirmed he has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Read more
Some $13 million in state money is being used for Hawaii’s emergency management agency to buy personal protective equipment for health care workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
The announcement by the state’s largest bank means that 91 branches of Hawaii’s four largest banks are closing temporarily. Read more
The Hawaii Restaurant Association has sent out an urgent plea for signatures on a petition seeking state government help so that restaurants may sustain themselves through the COVID-19 crisis. Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today said it has stopped several shipments of an illegal health product – Virus Shut Out — from entering U.S. Pacific ports due to violations of federal pesticide laws. Read more
President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force are holding their daily press conference. Read more
Hawaiian Electric is warning customers about a spike in spam calls and texts threatening to disconnect their electricity unless they pay. Read more
Palehua Wind, a 46.8-megawatt wind farm proposed for Waianae on Oahu has been scrapped after four years of planning, according to Eurus Energy America, the company that was developing it. Read more
Technical issues made it difficult to get information about a tsunami watch for Hawaii and its subsequent cancellation, the National Weather Service said today. Read more
State Rep. Cynthia Thielen is calling for the state Legislature to appoint Lt. Gov. Josh Green as Hawaii’s COVID-19 emergency director. Read more
The 1,200-page bill that the Senate and President Trump agreed to early this morning is the largest stimulus package ever passed by Congress. Read more
Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers today in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak, accusing Republican leaders of exploiting the pandemic to deliver on politics. Read more
Jared Polis said he is taking this “extreme measure,” effective Thursday until April 11, because the restrictions taken to date haven’t been enough to reduce the spread of the virus. Read more
Canada imposed mandatory self-isolation today for those returning to Canada under the Quarantine Act. Read more
All lanes of the H-1 Freeway near the Waipahu off-ramp have reopened after the Honolulu Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire. Read more
The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran, his family said today. Read more
No injuries were reported. Read more