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Top Story: Hawaii officials are getting set for coming surge of COVID-19 patients.
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Content provided by the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” and the Associated Press.
Accessed on 27 March 2020, 1455 UTC, Post 20498.
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Hawaii officials are preparing for a surge in demand for medical care due to the new coronavirus and are considering converting the Hawai‘i Convention Center and Neal S. Blaisdell Center into health care facilities. Read more
Most were cited in public parks after ignoring officers’ instructions to leave, according to a Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman. Read more
At least 15 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed within the U.S. military in Hawaii. Read more
The hospital has identified a “small number of additional employees who have had direct contact” with the staff member and have been ordered to self quarantine. Read more
Green, an emergency room doctor on the Big Island who has been leading COVID-19 community preparedness efforts, said the two met yesterday to smooth over issues and will be joining together for a 3 p.m. news conference. Read more
Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic Read more
A construction industry drive for personal protection equipment, or PPE, will be held for the Healthcare Association of Hawaii Friday at the state Capitol between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Read more
Bank of Hawaii announced today it will be donating more than 1,200 face shields and masks, as well as making a $100,000 contribution to the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Read more
Nonprofit groups are offering free grab-and-go lunches to children through age 18 at various sites on Oahu to supplement those being offered at many public schools by the Department of Education. Read more
Mayor Kirk Caldwell and agricultural leaders announce ‘farm-to-car’ service for buying local produce and meat
Pickups will be at the Blaisdell Center parking Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Read more
Ethics groups warn that the 880-page bill contains loopholes in the ethics ban. Read more
Without low-cost mobile labor from Eastern Europe, the breadbaskets of Europe’s wealthier economies risk losing their harvest. Read more
Answers to common questions about what’s in the bill. Read more
In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen. Read more
The battle to treat an ever-growing number of patients infected with the new coronavirus just gained its newest recruits: soon-to-be medical graduates. Read more
Some people are scrambling to figure out how to self-quarantine while practicing social distancing. Read more
The draft will still take place April 23-25. It was originally scheduled for a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Hui Aloha says 54 of 60 park restrooms remained closed Wednesday despite the city saying all would be reopened amid widespread shutdown of Oahu facilities in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
A preliminary investigation indicated the woman sustained a stab wound or wounds. The type of injuries the infant sustained is still under investigation. Read more
They are “petri dishes for bacteria and carriers of harmful pathogens,” read one warning from a plastics industry group. They are “virus-laden.” Read more
With leagues across the world idle and thousands of athletes at home, unable to practice, clubs are increasingly concerned about their financial futures. Read more
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