Kona Community Hospital reaches patient capacity: Blu-Med Tent set up outside Emergency Department.
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KCH Reaches Patient Capacity; Forced to Set Up Blu-Med Tent Outside Emergency Department By Tiffany DeMasters
Kona Community Hospital administrators decided Wednesday, July 20, to deploy its Blu-Med tent outside the Emergency Department to triage incoming patients as the facility exceeds capacity.
A self-contained, negative pressure, climate-controlled medical facility, KCH officials say the hospital will use the tent as an emergency overflow. With the hospital out of beds, the tent will be equipped with eight medical-grade cots.
Finance Committee Gives Favorable Recommendation to Extension of Free Bus Fares By Nathan Christophel
It looks like a bus ride on the Big Island will continue to be free of charge for at least another two and a half years.
The Hawai‘i County Council Finance Committee on Tuesday, July 19, forwarded Bill 190 to the full council level with a favorable recommendation. The measure would extend the temporary suspension of fares for all Hele-On fixed bus routes and paratransit services through Dec. 31, 2025.
The state Department of Health reported 4,329 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, July 20, bringing the statewide total to 321,869. Thirteen new fatalities were reported.
A total of 538 new infections were reported Wednesday on the Big Island. A map documenting new cases by district throughout all islands can be accessed at the DOH website.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $8.8 million in community project funding for several projects throughout Hawaiʻi’s second congressional district, including some on the Big Island, that will benefit underserved communities and provide much needed funding to deserving nonprofits.
“Hawaiʻi’s second congressional district is one of the most expansive and diverse districts in our nation,” Congressman Kai Kahele, who represents the second congressional district, said in a press release. “This is why it has been a priority of my staff and I to bring federal resources back home. We have been intimately involved in reviewing and promoting the projects that will make the greatest impact across our state.”
Big Island police continue their crackdown on motorists who drive under the influence of an intoxicant.
During the week of July 11-17, police arrested 18 motorists for DUI. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. Five of the drivers were younger than 21.
There were 58 gas thefts from Jan. 1 to July 7 this year — up from only 14 gas thefts over the same period last year, data shows.
US Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today emphasized the need to restrict widespread civilian access to military-style assault weapons amid the nation’s gun violence epidemic at a full Judiciary Committee hearing.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $8.8 million in community project funding for several projects throughout Hawaiʻi’s second congressional district, including one on Kaua‘i, that will benefit underserved communities and provide much needed funding to deserving nonprofits.
A streamlined application process for loko i‘a repair and restoration that was put in place seven years ago by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands is seeing success.