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Top Story: A Queen’s Medical Center employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Patients and staff exposed to the worker have been notified and “Queen’s is working with them to ensure their safety,” a spokesman said. Read more
The novel coronavirus has upended life in Hawaii and been an economic disaster, but Hawaii residents do have some unique advantages as public health officials fight to slow the local spread of the disease. Read more
About 10,000 seniors are eligible to graduate this May at public schools across the state. Read more
Honolulu Fire Department shuts down Kalihi fire station after 2nd firefighter tests positive for coronavirus
“Overnight emergency response coverage will be handled by the two other fire stations in the Kalihi area,” an HFD spokesman said. Read more
He had arrived on Kauai on Monday and had checked into a boutique hotel, The ISO, in Kapaa. Read more
VIDEO: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell urges public to follow ‘stay-at-home’ order as Hawaii reports 1st coronavirus death
Noting Hawaii’s first confirmed death from coronavirus, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell this afternoon emphasized the importance of everyone following state and county “stay-at-home” orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum has joined the growing ranks of local companies who are making and donating coronavirus-killing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers to healthcare workers, first responders, the elderly, the homeless and workers performing essential services in sectors from food and education to prisons. Read more
Hawaiian Airlines to provide free flights for medical professionals in new coronavirus interisland flight schedule
Starting April 4, Hawaiian Airlines will make 16 daily roundtrip flights between Honolulu and Hilo and Kona on Big Island; Kahului on Maui; and Lihue on Kauai. Read more
Hawaii’s 1st coronavirus death was an older Oahu man with multiple health issues, state health director says
The man did test positive for COVID-19, and the disease possibly contributed to his death, said Bruce Anderson of the state Department of Health. Read more
A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled storage spaces in many hospitals to capacity. Read more
“People need to be extra observant and cautious at this time,” Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins said. Read more
Honolulu police hope the public can help locate the driver of a gray four-door sedan that hit a moped rider in Kalihi in February and fled the scene without rendering aid. Read more
The first session of summer classes will be held between May 26 and July 3. Read more
The tunnel’s entrance was not far from a newly constructed border wall that President Donald Trump visited in September in the Otay Mesa section of San Diego. Read more
Public health officials stressed that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another. Read more
Small businesses seeking loans through the government’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package could receive money as soon as Friday. Read more
Police sent out a bulletin at 7:44 a.m. Read more
Statewide deaths — 23 in the Las Vegas area and three in Washoe County including Reno-Sparks — have quadrupled the past week. Read more
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If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? The World Health Organization says no. Read more
The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating, and said that removing all but 10% of the crew is a “necessary risk” in order to stop the spread of the virus. The ship is docked in Guam. Read more
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