Here’s the latest COVID-19 information for Hawaii County as of Tuesday, 22 December 2020.

Views expressed are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and the State of Hawaii Department of Health.

Accessed  on 22 December 2020, 2305 UTC, Post 22066.

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This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a COVID-19 informational update for Tuesday, December 22nd.

The Hawaii Department of Health reports six (6) new cases of Coronavirus on Hawaii Island with two (2) persons hospitalized.  A total of fifty (50) deaths have been reported for Hawaii Island.

The Coronavirus cases count and fatalities continue to dramatically increase across our Nation and are projected to continue at the current rate or worse through early next year.  Resident travelers returning from off-island need to be especially careful upon return and should practice the preventive measures to keep their family, friends, and our community safe.  The news of the vaccine is very good.  Health care providers and first responders will receive vaccinations starting this week but please be aware that the vaccine is not likely to be available to the general public until this spring.  We must rely on the preventive measures in place to keep us safe through this Holiday Season.

The Island and State of Hawaii remain as one of the safest places to be in the United States.  We need to continue to stay healthy with exercise, fresh air, sunlight, cleanliness and social connectedness within the preventive policies of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings.  Please accept this kuleana to keep Hawaii safe especially during the Holiday Season when we gather and celebrate.

Thank you for listening and have a safe day.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts