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Top Story: Confirmed coronavirus cases in the State of Hawaii are now 541.
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Accessed on 17 April 2020, 0320 UTC, Post 20607.
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Nearly 70% of the people who have been infected in Hawaii are now classified as recovered. Read more
Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and state officials are holding a press conference discuss the option of telehealth virtual visits with health care providers amid the coronavirus outbreak in Hawaii. Read more
VIDEO: Mayor Kirk Caldwell discusses updates to stay-at-home mandate, crackdown on arriving passengers with no address
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today discussed the steps needed for reopening the city’s economy and upcoming drive-thru testing sites for coronavirus. Read more
Snippets of public testimony were read, all opposing salary raises of officials including the mayor, who makes $186,432, the police chief whose salary is $205,800 and the fire chief who gets paid $199,272. Read more
The advisories warn the public to stay out of brown coastal waters impacted by stormwater runoff after heavy rains, “due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.” Read more
A scientific consensus is still evolving. But experts overwhelmingly say analysis of the new coronavirus’ genome rules out the possibility that it was engineered by humans, as some conspiracy theories have suggested. Read more
The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus while holding the line in harder-hit locations. Read more
Yamada represented Kauai while serving six terms in the House from 1970 through 1982. Read more
Hawaii health officials are investigating half a dozen COVID-19 clusters throughout the islands as the number of cases continues to creep up. Read more
The CDC said Wednesday at least 9,200 health care workers have been infected. Read more
For each location, participants should follow the posted signs to the test area. Read more
New Oahu air charter offering medical jet flight help to neighbor islands during coronavirus pandemic
Wing Spirit, a new private air charter and air ambulance service in Hawaii using HondaJet Elites, said it is offering free return flights home to the neighbor islands for patients receiving treatment on Oahu to free up bed space at local hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
The suspect allegedly took the phone from the man’s towel at 5:40 p.m. April 9 and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft. Read more
Facebook, Google and Twitter are introducing stricter rules, altered algorithms and thousands of fact checks to stop the spread of bad misinformation online about the virus. Read more
Tua Tagovailoa is open for business. Read more
The crew member of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who died of the coronavirus was an Arkansas man, the Navy in Hawaii disclosed today. Read more
President Trump and members of the National Coronavirus Task Force are presenting updates regarding COVID-19 in the U.S. during a briefing at the White House in Washington. Read more
Over the last three weeks, a total of 162 offenses have been committed for violating the stay-at-home order: 40 people have been arrested; 115 cited and there have been seven unspecified “additional cases,” police said. Read more
This change is due to very light call volume during overnight hours, and will allow the bank to add call center agents to its daytime shifts to accommodate customers at home during the day. Read more
On Feb. 25, the medical intelligence unit raised its warning that the coronavirus would become a pandemic within 30 days from WATCHCON 2 — a probable crisis — to WATCHCON 1 — an imminent one, according to a U.S. official. Read more
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