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Hawaii Department of Health issues disturbing press release

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is urging everyone to please exercise caution and celebrate the holidays safely as COVID-19 is surging. The 797 new COVID-19 cases reported today represent the highest case count in more than three months. The 7-day new case average increased from 101 ten days ago to 297 today. The positivity rate jumped from 1.4% ten days ago to 4.2% today. “These numbers reflect a disturbing trend.... Read More
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DOH expands booster authorization to 16 and 17-year-olds

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is adopting expanded guidelines from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 booster vaccinations. Hawai‘i residents ages 16 and 17 may receive a booster dose if it has been at least six months since the completion of the initial series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  DOH reminds all eligible residents they can receive a booster dose if it has been at least two months since their... Read More
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Oahu should expect heavy rain and floodings

The National Weather Service informed the City and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Sunday morning that flooding and severe weather from a Kona Low system could begin impacting O‘ahu this evening with effects continuing through Tuesday. There is potential for O‘ahu to experience a catastrophic rain event during this period with intense rain bands. Deep tropical moisture could produce widespread 10 to 15 inches of rain with isolated areas of... Read More
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Initial Results From Navy Water System Tests

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) received results of two sets of samples collected from the Navy water system in the last 10 days. On November 24, prior to reports from the public of fuel-like odors in tap water, DOH collected two drinking water samples from the Red Hill water supply shaft. These samples were collected as a part of routine testing, one before water passed through the chlorination system and... Read More
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OMG !!! 1,678 new COVID cases in Hawaii

The following written statement by CDC is in response to inquiries about today’s reported 1,678 COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 case counts reported by the Department of Health come from more than 80 laboratories. The laboratories send their test results to a company that aggregates the information. The data is then sent to the Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE). HHIE reports the data to the Department of Health for documentation, analysis, and public... Read More
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Hawaii DOH warning about the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent

HONOLULU – Hawaiʻi Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP released the following statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent:  “This week, COVID-19 took the lives of 19 Hawaiʻi residents. Over 9,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors are sick with COVID. The tragedy of this spike in cases is that by and large, it’s preventable. We have vaccines that will save the lives of Hawaii residents. “We listen... Read More
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State of Hawaii misleads public in COVID 19 counts

eTurboNews and Hawaii News Online had been excluded from media allowed to ask questions at press conferences by the State of Hawaii and in the City of Honolulu. There may be a reason. For many months eTurboNews was waiting for an opportunity to question the legitimacy of COVID-19 numbers published. Did Hawaii Governor Ige and Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi want to avoid this important question so it could not be asked at... Read More

All aboard the Hawaii train – no, not that train

On the Island of Oahu, County of Honolulu, Hawaii, the most expensive rail project every built in the United States may cost almost $11.4B.Construction started in 2005. This 20+ mile, 21-station stretch will not fully open until 2031. Another train in Honolulu has been operating for decades connecting Ewa with Barbers Point and Kapolei in the new resort area of Koolina which includes the Ihilani Resort and Spa by J. W. Marriott and the... Read More
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Frank Haas has a plan for Hawaii Tourism, while HTA is fighting for survival

There's more and more pressure to reform tourism in our State. At the same time, the Hawai‘i legislature is essentially dismantling the Hawaii Tourism Authority(HTA). Hawaii is an excellent example on how tourism could look like in the future of tourism. Frank Haas, a member of the World Tourism Network, and head of the Marketing Management Inc in Honolulu shares his research and approach for a global view on the future... Read More

COVID-19 race & ethnic disparities in Hawaii

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health today outlined state- and community-based initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection and Hawaii’s vaccination efforts. DOH also released data illustrating the challenges in ensuring health equity in Hawaii’s COVID-19 response. A new report, “COVID-19 in Hawai‘i: Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations,” details the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the state of Hawai‘i, documents the actions... Read More
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Tsunami Watch in Hawaii

A series of major earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean in the last 8 hours. The latest earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region now triggered a tsunami watch for the US State of Hawaii as of 9:38 am Hawaii Time.The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0. A possible tsunami wave cannot be expected until 4:35 pm Hawaii time or 9:35 pm EST. Everyone living in coastal areas in Hawaii should prepare. eTurboNews... Read More
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Hawaii is waiting for FDA instruction on how to integrate the new COVID vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccination. With the FDA authorization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will soon issue recommendations on who should receive the vaccine and how it should be distributed.   “Today’s announcement validates the FDA’s findings that this vaccine is safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death,”... Read More
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Honolulu to move to tier 3 as of tomorrow night

Depending on the signature by Governor Ige Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi, Honolulu county will be moving to tier 3 as of tomorrow night. It would mean no capacity restrictions in restaurants and more flexibility. Mask wearing will still be mandatory, and the Mayor feels this an award Honolulu deserves. Bars will still have to follow the requirements of Tier 3 listed on the oneoahu.org webpage, however there may be modifications in the... Read More
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How Hawaii Laboratory Service endangers medical staff

It's not surprising that an elderly patient and eTurboNews staff member with diabetes was prevented from wearing her KN95 mask at a Diagnostic Laboratory Services medical office in Honolulu today and given a lower grade surgical mask instead. The reasoning: holes in the KN95 mask. Healthcare workers are also put in harm's way. Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. in Honolulu is allowing healthcare staff to wear cloth masks or surgical masks, knowing... Read More