“Hawaii COVID-19 positivity rate at 7.5%, 5 more deaths reported.”
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Hawaii COVID-19 positivity rate at 7.5%, 5 more deaths recorded
The state’s average positivity rate declined slightly to 7.5% compared with 7.9% the previous week. Read more
Pentagon drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops
The Defense Department had already stopped all related personnel actions, such as discharging troops who refused the shot. Read more
Honolulu to distribute $10M to small businesses hit by pandemic
The city, partnering with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, plans to award a total of $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to qualifying small businesses on Oahu that suffered economic impacts to their livelihoods due to the pandemic. Read more
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China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat
It wasn’t clear whether China would expand the visa suspensions to other countries that have imposed virus testing on passengers from China following its COVID-19 surge. Read more
Off The News: The latest trend in COVID-19 arrives
The state’s COVID-19 variant report last week showed the first presence of the new variant of concern, XBB.1.5, in Honolulu County wastewater samples. Read more
Hilo Medical Center awaits $50M expansion OK
It’s about time. That’s what Dan Brinkman, CEO of Hilo Medical Center, believes regarding the proposed expansion of Hawaii island’s largest hospital serving the East Hawaii community. Read more
Pfizer’s Paxlovid not included in China’s national insurance
Paxlovid, an oral medicine developed by New York-based drugmaker Pfizer, has been widely sought after in China since the country began phasing out its “zero-COVID” restrictions. Read more
Nurses go on strike at 2 big New York City hospitals
As many as 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and about 3,600 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan were off the job. Read more
Travelers rush to take advantage of China’s reopening
Hong Kong media reports said around 300,000 travel bookings from the city to mainland China have already been made, with a daily quota of 60,000. Read more
Editorial: Open DOE books on pandemic funds
Hawaii had been making progress in improving its funding commitment to education, but as the COVID-19 pandemic approached, the state lost ground in comparison to others in the U.S. Read more
Over 2K join LGBTQ march in New Delhi after COVID break
Dancing to drumbeats, they carried rainbow flags, balloons and placards as they walked for more than an hour to the Jantar Mantar area near India’s Parliament. Read more
China suspends social media accounts of COVID policy critics
The popular Sina Weibo social media platform said it had addressed 12,854 violations and issued temporary or permanent bans on 1,120 accounts. Read more
Should you take Paxlovid if you are mildly ill?
Paxlovid’s ability to lower the odds of hospitalization and death is well documented. Read more
China’s COVID surge threatens villages as Lunar New Year approaches
China is bracing for an onslaught of infections in its fragile countryside as millions of migrant workers return to their rural homes for the Lunar New Year holiday. Read more
Hawaii Health Department detects XBB.1.5 in Honolulu wastewater
Higher concentrations in wastewater can be an early indicator that the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing. Read more
What we know about the ‘kraken’ COVID variant XBB.1.5
It surged through the nation and has now been identified in at least 28 other countries, according to the World Health Organization. Read more
Off The News: Competing COVID-19 perceptions
There’s seemingly a disconnect between two of the findings in the latest COVID-19 report from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Read more
China seeks to minimize COVID-19 risk during travel rush
China is seeking to minimize the possibility of a major new COVID-19 outbreak during this month’s Lunar New Year travel rush following the end of most pandemic containment measures. Read more
Beds run out at Beijing hospital as COVID-19 spreads
The crush of people seeking hospital care follows China’s abandonment of its most severe pandemic restrictions last month. Read more
Study finds COVID-19 fatigue is setting in for Hawaii residents
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to not only affect people’s health, but their economic security and ability to work, even though many Hawaii residents might be “over it.” Read more
City taps COVID funds to fight Chinatown crime, homelessness
In an effort to extend the anti-crime and homeless outreach efforts of the Chinatown Task Force through the year, Mayor Rick Blangiardi has announced that the city is again tapping federal COVID-19 relief funds. Read more
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