CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, 6:00PM, March 8, 2020

The following is a Department of Health Update:

·         The Department of Health has identified a second individual today that has tested positive for coronavirus and was linked to travel from Washington State.

·         The Department of Health will identify what risk if any this individual presents to residents of Hawaii.

·         The Department of Health reports the 2 positive coronavirus cases on Oahu, Hawaii is in isolation and under observation on Oahu.

·         The Department of Health reports that both positive cases were linked to travel outside the State of Hawaii and 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.

·         If you feel sick with cold or flu-like symptoms, the Department of Health recommends the following measures be taken;

o    Stay home from work or school.

o    Avoid contact with others

o    Seek medical care with your doctor or health care clinic.

o    And, before you go to the doctor’s office or clinic, call ahead to tell them of your symptoms.

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 7-7 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.