Welcome to the Hawaii State News update from Hawaii News Digest.
Top Story: The number of coronavirus cases in Hawaii is now 499–up by 13 since Saturday.
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Content supplied by the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” and the Associated Press.
Accessed on 13 April 2020, 1420 UTC, Post 20585.
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The state’s coronavirus death toll stands at nine, unchanged from Saturday, with six deaths recorded on Oahu and three on Maui. Read more
Thieves struck on Easter Sunday, stealing several generators from iconic equipment rental business Hawaiian Rent-All in McCully. Read more
People in Guam are used to a constant U.S. military presence on the strategic Pacific island, but some are nervous as hundreds of sailors from the coronavirus-stricken Navy aircraft carrier flood into hotels for quarantine. Read more
South Korean officials warned Monday that hard-earned progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic could be upset by new infections at bars and leisure spots, highlighting global tensions between governments desperate to maintain social distancing and citizens eager to resume their lives as economic pressure mounts and infections slow in some places. Read more
Honolulu firefighters briefly evacuated the Times Supermarket in Mililani today because of a chemical leak, according to fire dispatch reports. Read more
Six drivers were cited for not having a valid insurance card in their possession. One was cited for violating the state’s emergency order issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
The United States’ top infectious disease expert said the economy in parts of the country could have a “rolling reentry” as early as next month, provided health authorities can quickly identify and isolate people who will inevitably be infected with the coronavirus. Read more
Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials warn that the current “Wild West” of unregulated tests is creating confusion that could ultimately slow the path to recovery. Read more
A former aide to Joe Biden is accusing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexually assaulting her during the early 1990s when he was a senator. Biden’s campaign denies the charges. Read more
The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes. Read more
Molly Choma, a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, had worked nearly every day since mid-March, even as the coronavirus outbreak devastated her industry. But last Sunday, she woke up alone in a room in a nearly empty hotel and wondered if it was time to stop. Read more
Alyssa MacKenzie, 32, rarely used her smartphone to make phone calls, apart from the occasional conversation for her work as a disability rights advocate. Read more
HECO is working to restore power to those affected around Ala Moana as well as in Kakaako, Lower Punchbowl, Makiki, McCully, Moiliili and Tantalus. Read more
The 10-year labor agreement between the NFL and players union that was ratified on March 15 is filled with dozens of incremental changes, most notably the one-percentage-point increase in the share of league revenue that the players will receive. Read more
Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana. Read more
The coronavirus pandemic has forced militaries and militias to adapt to an invisible enemy, even as traditional conflicts grind on. Read more
Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday isolated in their homes by the coronavirus while pastors preached the faith’s joyous news of Christ’s resurrection to empty pews. Read more
Stay-at-home and social distancing orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have put restaurant dining on hold, forcing many to close and leaving others barely surviving. From large chains to mom-and-pop eateries, restaurants are increasingly turning to grocery sales. Read more
New York is wrapping up its worst week in deaths so far of the coronavirus outbreak, but there were a few signs of hope. Read more
“Saturday Night Live” tried its first “quarantine version” of the comedy show, with Tom Hanks, one of the first celebrities to disclose he had the coronavirus, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and the comedy show’s entire cast phoning in with jokes from home. Read more
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