CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, 10:30AM, March 8, 2020

The following is a Department of Health Update:

·         The Department of Health reports there is 1 positive coronavirus case on Oahu, Hawaii and is in isolation and under observation on Oahu.

·         The Department of Health has NO Health Advisories for the State of Hawaii at this time.

Update on Cruise Ship Grand Princess:

·         The Department of Health continues to investigate if the Grand Princess cruise ship passengers during their visit to Hawaii posed any threat to Hawaii residents when it was docked at the Port of Hilo on Saturday, February 29.  You will be kept informed of the results of the investigation.

·         The Grand Princess is currently off the coast of San Francisco, California preparing to transfer passengers from the ship to isolation facilities.

The following National travel policies are in effect:

·         The Department of State “Do Not Travel” advisories for China and Iran remain in effect, “Reconsider Travel” advisories have been issued for Italy, Mongolia, and South Korea, and “Exercise Increased Caution Travel” advisories continue for Hong Kong, Japan, and Macau.

·         In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend you not travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

·         For your information, as the coronavirus conditions change rapidly, you should verify Department of State and CDC travel and health advisories for where you are going before finalizing your travel plans. 

The following is a Community Advisory on Keeping Hawaii Safe:

·         As a reminder, we all need to do our part to keep our island and `Ohana (family) safe.

·         Follow good hygiene practices and cover your cough and sneeze and wash or sanitize hands often.

·         If you are sick with cold or flu-like symptoms please stay home.

Additionally, your help is needed to prevent rumors about Coronavirus. Make sure your information is up-to-date and comes from a credible source. For more information regarding Coronavirus visit:

·         Hawaii County has opened a call center to answer any of your questions concerning coronavirus in operation daily at 935-0031.

·         Department of Health website at www.health.hawaii.gov or;

·         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

·         You may also call the Department of Health at 974-6001 or after-hours at 211.

Your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency will continue to give you daily updates and you will be notified of any changes that may affect your safety.