Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi says no new restrictions are planned but “we will drop the hammer” if needed.
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Mayor says no new restrictions planned but ‘we will drop the hammer’ if needed
Mayor Rick Blangiardi has stressed “personal responsibility” in recent days as the state sees a surge in Covid cases, but has also said that a rise in hospitalizations could trigger new restrictions. At the same time, a growing number of medical experts ― including the Healthcare Association of Hawaii ― have said it’s time to reinstate some restrictions on gatherings and other high-risk activities.
New affordable housing development on Oʻahu only meets a fraction of demand
Oʻahu needs 5,200 units per year for 5 years to meet the demand for low-income housing. That’s according to a 2019 study by the state Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism. So called “low-income” individuals make 80% of the area median, or $67,700 per year on Oʻahu in 2021.
Six HOPE services affordable housing units move to Pāhoa
The units, which were constructed at HPM’s Ke‘eau factory, will comprise the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project, which will also offer supportive services. The remaining six homes are scheduled to arrive at the site by the end of this week.
Hawai‘i’s Covid surge continues with 1,561 new cases, 3 more deaths
There are 1,322 coronavirus cases on O‘ahu, 26 on the Big Island, 58 on Kaua‘i, 134 on Maui, 12 on Moloka‘i, two on Lana‘i and seven diagnosed out of state.
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DOH revises state’s isolation & quarantine policy
The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is revising the state’s Covid-19 isolation and quarantine policies to closely align with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by cutting isolation time from 10 to 5 days. These changes are effective Monday, January 3, 2022.
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