Hawaii hospital emergency rooms seeing a spike in child respiratory illnesses.
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Hawaii sees spike in child respiratory illnesses
Hospital emergency rooms across Hawaii are seeing an increase in rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus cases. Read more
Omicron subvariant BA.5 still dominant in Hawaii, but newer mutations gaining ground
New omicron subvariants, such as BA.4.6 and BF.7, represented 10% of variants circulating in the state. Read more
German health minister urges increased COVID-19 measures as cases spike
German authorities registered over 114,000 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, and 165 COVID-related deaths. Read more
Hawaii residents 5 and over urged to get updated COVID-19 booster
The newly updated COVID- 19 boosters are now available to a broader swath of Americans, following federal approval Wednesday for those as young as 5 years old. Read more
Kokua Line: Will Health Department bring COVID booster to homebound seniors?
Question: Does the Health Department plan to continue to bring COVID-19 vaccine to homebound people? My mother was grateful to get a home visit for her earlier shots, but now I can’t get anyone to come to give her the omicron booster. I am on the mainland, and she is elderly and worried about this winter. Read more
Kauai County to hand out thousands of free COVID home test kits
The county, in partnership with the state Health Department, is offering about 6,000 COVID tests kits on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Wednesday. Read more
Kokua Line: What’s the wait for COVID-19 test result at airport?
Question: Regarding the free COVID- 19 tests at the Honolulu airport, (808ne.ws/sa1011), how long does it take to get the test result? Read more
Academic proficiency in Hawaii’s public schools improves but lags pre-pandemic levels
Chronic absenteeism skyrocketed last school year, with 37% of students missing 15 or more days of school, more than triple the pre-pandemic rate of 12%. Read more
Column: Hawaii needs COVID commission to fight future pandemics
Nearly three years since the coronavirus hit Hawaii, President Joe Biden’s recent call that the pandemic is “over” reflects how life for many has returned to normal. Read more
Nearly half of COVID patients haven’t fully recovered months later, study finds
The authors of the study tried to home in on the long-term risks of COVID by comparing the frequency of symptoms in people with and without previous COVID diagnoses. Read more
Hawaii Health Department recommends new COVID boosters for children 5 and older
The recommendation follows federal approvals of the new bivalent boosters for younger children by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today. Read more
Hawaii health officials report 1,047 new COVID-19 infections, 5 coronavirus-related deaths
The state’s seven-day average of new cases declined to 145 compared with 166 reported on Oct. 5. Read more
FDA clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5
Tweaked boosters rolled out for Americans 12 and older last month, doses modified to target today’s most common and contagious omicron relative. Read more
Kokua Line: What COVID-19 documents are needed to enter Japan?
Question: What is the exact COVID-19 documentation needed for adults flying to Japan? Read more
Honolulu to expand free COVID testing to all Hawaii residents at airport lab
Starting this Saturday, all Hawaii residents — not just Oahu residents with a valid ID — will be able to receive a free PCR or rapid antigen test at the City’s Mobile Lab. Read more
Get new booster by Halloween for safer holidays, White House says
So far the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only about 11.5 million Americans have received the updated shots. Read more
Kokua Line: Will I owe income tax on rental aid?
Question: Do recipients of aid from the Rental & Utility Relief Program (www.oneoahu.org/renthelp) owe state or federal income tax on the aid they receive? In other words, is it treated as income? Are the rules different for the renter and the landlord? The county pays the money to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Read more
Tourists flock to Japan after COVID restrictions lifted
Visa-free travel is back for short-term business and tourism from more than 60 nations. Read more
What to do if you’re experiencing hair loss after COVID-19
Some research estimates that 22% of those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 experienced temporary hair loss. Read more
If you misled others about your COVID status, you’re not alone
Researchers found that about 42% of adults admitted they had engaged in some form of misrepresentation related to having COVID-19, vaccination or compliance with pandemic protocols. Read more
Social Security boost will help millions of kids, too
Social Security’s cost of living adjustment, otherwise known as the COLA, for 2023 is expected to be around 9% or even higher, the highest in 40 years, analysts estimate. Read more
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