The resort “travel bubble” concept gains the governor’s support.
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|Governor Ige gives counties right to pursue resort travel bubbles
Ige signed a proclamation yesterday empowering the counties to establish resort travel bubbles. The concept would give quarantining visitors from in-state and out-of-state the right to roam at designated areas in participating hotels or resorts. They wouldn’t be allowed off the resorts for the 14 days. If they stray, a geofencing app or device would alert police. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Garden Island.
Gov. Ige and Mayors Kawakami and Victorino discuss ‘resort bubble’ concept. Tribune-Herald. KHON2. Garden Island.
COVID-19 cases at care homes are popping up at an alarming rate
Governor Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through September
Unemployment decreases to 13.1% in July
UH Regents approve emergency action to give administrators support in budget cuts
Teachers, parents and state continue to grapple with reopening schools
Prison oversight commission becoming upset as COVID-19 cases multiply
Working long shifts, National Guard members scramble to ramp up contact tracing efforts
Foreign lobbying scandal entangles well-known political fundraiser in Hawaiʻi
Coconut Wireless 2.0: How New, Agile Networks of People Are Helping Hawai‘i
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|Police chief, public defender clash as OCCC COVID-19 cluster grows
There is a difference of opinion on how to deal with COVID-19 at jails and prisons. The Office of the Public Defender said non-violent offenders should not be arrested, but the Honolulu police chief said that is not viable. A request from OPD, dated August 13, asked HPD to use discretion and to scale back on arrests of all misdemeanor offenses and non-violent felonies. Police Chief Susan Ballard denied that request and said she respectfully disagrees. KHON2. KITV4.
Oceanit’s COVID saliva test gets NIH funding, clinical trials to start at Queen’s
Perhaps as early as this weekend, people getting their noses swabbed to test for COVID-19 at Queen’s Medical Center and Island Urgent Care may also be asked to provide a little saliva. The saliva will be collected in a clinical trial of a new, spit-in-cup test named ASSURE-19, which can be self-administered and gives results within 3-10 minutes and will cost an estimated $20 per test, says Patrick Sullivan, Oceanit CEO and founder. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Oʻahu restrictions are causing confusion
Two new Honolulu Police Commissioners confirmed by City Council
Lottery set for low-income units of ‘pimple building’
Yes, We’re Open: En Route Hawaii
En Route Hawaii is a personal concierge and errand service designed to handle tasks ranging from a quick Starbucks run to personal shopping for specialty ingredients. The idea was originally floated as a business that would cater mainly to older people. And then came COVID-19… read more.
|Mayor Kim seeks limit on social gatherings
A restriction on gathering sizes in both indoor and outdoor settings could resume on Hawaiʻi Island following Mayor Harry Kim’s submission Thursday of an 11th emergency rule to Gov. David Ige for approval. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Now. KHON2.
Maunakea stewardship restructure plan OK’d
Regal theaters reopen
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|Mayor again warns of county restraints
As Maui hit a single-day record for COVID-19 cases, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino again warned that he will reinstate emergency restrictions if numbers don’t improve — this time by Monday. Maui recorded a record 20 new cases Wednesday, according to state Department of Health officials. Maui News.
‘Temptation Island’ production stalled after mounting concerns
|Volunteers virtually map out missing communities
On Aug. 19, World Humanitarian Day, the American Red Cross kicked off its first Great Hawaiʻi Mapathon, an effort of the American Red Cross’ Missing Map project. American Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Matthew Wells said the project wants to digitally map communities that are missing from the maps that are used to distribute disaster aid relief. Garden Island.
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