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Hawaii: Latest updates on coronavirus

The island of Maui in Hawaii.
The island of Maui in Hawaii.
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Last updated March 27 at 8:12 a.m. ET.

There have been 106 "confirmed or presumptive" cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii, according to a statement from the Hawaii State Department of Health. The state has emphasized that most cases have been residents and that the infections have generally, but not exclusively, been connected to travel.

The first presumptive positive case was identified on March 6, and was a visitor to Hawaii who was likely exposed to the coronavirus while on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which journeyed to Hawaii before coronavirus cases on board turned the trip into a quarantine nightmare. (In addition, two Hawaii residents on the cruise were later diagnosed with COVID-19 before returning to the state.) The second case was a resident who was hospitalized with COVID-19 after returning to Hawaii from Washington State.

As of March 25, the entire state is under a stay-at-home, work-from-home directive from the governor until at least April 30. As of March 26, everyone arriving in Hawaii is required to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days. The Department of Health is also extending its influenza surveillance program to include testing for COVID-19.

In addition to social distancing measures, the Department of Health is asking residents to make only measured purchases in order to ensure that everyone can acquire needed supplies. (The department has also transitioned to vital records only online and requiring an appointment to acquire a marriage license.)

The Hawaii State Department of Education has closed schools through at least April 30, although a handful of sites are open for meal distribution. 

Wilcox Medical Center along with O'ahu's Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center are offering drive-through COVID-19 testing from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. But if people want to be tested they first need to contact a physician to order the test, according to the statement.

The Queen's Medical Center- Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii has set up a tent to screen patients for COVID-19 but only patients with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms and those with a doctor's note will be tested, according to the statement. Patients with more severe symptoms will be sent to the emergency room.

The state of Hawaii has set up an interagency website for more information about COVID-19, which is accessible at https://hawaiicovid19.com/.

Aloha United Way has set up a call center that runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week if the public wants more information on COVID-19. 

-You can call 2-1-1 from any location in the state

-Text 877-275-6569 

-Email info211@auw.org 

-Visit hawaii.gov/covid19 or coronavirus.gov

COVID-19 cases by island:

  • O'ahu and other small islands in Honolulu County: 77
  • Maui: 14
  • Hawai'i: 5
  • Kauai: 5
  • Unknown or Hawaii residents diagnosed out-of-state: 5