7 Oahu schools identified for poorest air quality, a risk factor for COVID-19.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
The state Department of Education on Tuesday identified seven Oahu schools housing 73 classrooms with the highest levels of carbon dioxide — a sign of poor ventilation, which is a risk factor for the spread of COVID-19 — and said steps to improve conditions already have begun. Read more
Approximately 1,261 of Hawaii’s 12,000 public school classrooms have limited access to fresh air from outside because they rely on air conditioning, and 377 of those classrooms were found by a contractor to have concerning levels of carbon dioxide — a sign of poor air ventilation, which is a risk factor for the spread of COVID-19. Read more
China has become one of the biggest lenders to developing countries through its “Belt and Road Initiative.” Read more
With so many Americans being hit by COVID-19, including those who have had their full complement of shots, becoming infected is starting to seem almost unavoidable. More worrisome is the rise in infectiousness of the coronavirus, and the heightened risk of extended disease effects (“long COVID”), especially with repeat bouts. Read more
China container volume jumped 11.7% as a result of four more eastbound voyages than the prior year. Read more
Nationally, schools with more students of color are more likely to be closed, and those in affected communities often feel unfairly targeted. Read more
Despite high community levels of COVID-19 on most islands, many — but not all — teachers, students and parents say they look forward to starting a fresh new year with more freedom and learning opportunities. Read more
Masking is now optional indoors and outdoors in Hawaii public schools, so for the first time in a year, whether a student should wear a mask on campus will be left for each family to decide. Read more
If the professor speaks out over the next three years, he must pay $60,000. Read more
While rich countries have ordered millions of vaccines to stop monkeypox within their borders, none have announced plans to share doses with Africa, where a more lethal form of the disease is spreading. Read more
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Biden “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well.” Read more
Question: Can COVID-19 test kits be packed in suitcases, either checked-in or carry-on luggage? My wife and I will be going to Europe in late September, and I’d like to have tests readily available just in case. Read more
Pfizer and Moderna expect to have updated versions of their shots available as early as September. Read more
There have been widespread outside doubts about the accuracy of North Korean statistics as its reported fatalities are too low and its daily fever cases have been plummeting too fast recently. Read more
“This is an alarm to the world to say that COVID-19 has blown the AIDS response significantly off track,” said Matthew Kavanagh, deputy executive director of UNAIDS. Read more
Health officials are reminding the public that therapeutics are available to Hawaii residents as BA.5, a more transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, gains a foothold in the state. Read more
Many top lawmakers and senior officials have caught the disease, including Vice President Yosiwo George, who has been hospitalized, officials said. Read more
The state’s average positivity rate, meanwhile, ticked up to 15.7% compared to 15.1% reported the previous week, representing tests performed between July 19 to 25. Read more
He quickly arranged to deliver remarks in the Rose Garden around midday and to discuss his infection and his administration’s progress against the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
A report surveying access to health care in Hawaii offers a sobering picture and troubling trends for the state. Read more
University of Hawaii to continue requiring masks for indoor classrooms, shared lab spaces ahead of fall semester
The University of Hawaii said masking will continue to be required indoors in classrooms, shared laboratory spaces, and tightly confined educational spaces such as advising offices, as has been the case for the summer semester. Read more