Hawaii tops national ranking for COVID-19 response.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Hawaii has ranked first in the nation for its management of the COVID-19 pandemic, faring much better than other states on metrics such as pandemic-related deaths, vaccination rates and strains on hospital resources, according to an assessment by the Commonwealth Fund, which focuses on improving the quality and efficiency of the country’s health care system and improving access to care. Read more
Has Hawaii’s COVID-19 surge reached a plateau yet? The state Department of Health is not declaring that just yet and continues to urge caution as case counts remain high, but said trends this week are encouraging. Read more
North Korea on Thursday reported the eruption of another infectious disease in addition to its ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, saying leader Kim Jong Un has donated his private medicines to those stricken with the new disease. Read more
The state’s average positivity rate, meanwhile, decreased to 18.9% from 19.2% reported last week. Read more
The Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up to Moderna’s two shots for the littlest kids. Read more
The 81-year-old Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, was experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, according to a statement today from the National Institutes of Health. Read more
Tuesday’s vote was only for two doses — full-strength for 12-17 and half-sized doses for those 6-11. Read more
The cutoff to apply for utility and rent relief funds from the City and County of Honolulu will be June 30 as federal funds left to distribute run out. Read more
A study published Thursday in a medical journal and conducted by a team of University of Hawaii economists and others analyzing Hawaii tax data concluded that independent laboratories in Hawaii were making a considerable profit for COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests. Read more
The massive floating restaurant designed like a Chinese imperial palace on Aberdeen Harbour was known for its Cantonese cuisine and seafood dishes. Read more
In South Korea, people on online travel forums said that, with the testing requirement dropped, they looked forward to traveling to the United States, including popular tourist destinations, such as Hawaii and Guam, which is about a four-hour flight from Seoul. Read more
Dandong Mayor Hao Jianjun gave no specifics, but said government work and basic services had been “unsatisfactory.” Read more
“We should encourage unions,” Biden said. “I’m not just saying that to be pro-union. I’m saying it because I’m pro-American.” Read more
Only a few months into the pandemic, Jenny Weathers, 58, stared at the mask covering her son’s mouth and came to a harsh realization. Read more
Most Hawaii private schools are increasing tuition again for the coming school year, bowing to the pressure of rising operating costs, pandemic-related expenses and record inflation. Read more
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted the requirement that international air travelers take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, and test negative, before flying to the U.S. Read more
Under CDC guidelines, those living in high-level communities should wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public and on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Read more
His symptoms are mild and he is isolating in Sacramento, Calif. Read more
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said not preordering the vaccines could mean delaying their availability in children’s hospitals and other facilities that have relied on state distribution of the shots. Read more
Under CDC guidelines, those living in high-level communities should wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor settings and on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Read more