CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, 9:00AM

On Federal Government Updates:

·         The U.S. Department of State yesterday issued an advisory to all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of the coronavirus.  In countries where flight options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

On County of Hawaii Updates:

·         Your County of Hawaii has established a COVID-19 website dedicated to providing you up-to-date information about the coronavirus. To access this information site, visit hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus or click on the coronavirus link at the top of the County of Hawaii homepage.

·         Your County of Hawaii is committed to maintaining public services and operations during this period and has implemented proactive preventive measures of disinfecting, sanitizing, and social distancing at all County facilities.  Please be prepared to sanitize your hands and to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when around others.

·         As provided on Wednesday, Hawaii Island businesses and places of worship that remain open are to proactively address minimizing risk to your personnel and your customers.  This is of assurance of proactive cleanliness of disinfecting and sanitizing your facility and implementing of social distancing.

·         Those that remain open, the County of Hawaii is available to assist any and all entities with ideas and ways to safely remain open and to keep our communities safe.  Should your business or place of worship need assistance, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

On Department of Health Updates:

·       The Department of Health reports, as of this morning, that there are 26 positive cases of coronavirus throughout the State of Hawaii with 1 case on Hawaii Island. 

·       The Department of Health, along with Hawaii Island healthcare partners, has established 2 coronavirus test facilities in Hawaii County at;

o   Hilo Medical Center

o   And, North Hawaii Community Hospital

·       Please be advised that individuals who are NOT sick, who are NOT symptomatic, that are NOT presenting flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, or dry cough will not be considered for testing.

·       In order to be tested, your physician or a health clinic must prescribe the test to be done, and you must have a valid ID and an insurance card.  For those who do not have a healthcare doctor or insurance, evaluation will be conducted at the Emergency Room.

·       As a remainder, the Department of Education has extended Spring Break across the State of Hawaii for public schools until April 6th.

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.