This is a COVID-19 informational update for Friday, October 16th.
On today’s update of COVID-19, the number of new active cases, on Hawaii Island, reported and monitored by the Department of Health is twenty-one (21). At this date, for Hawaii Island, eleven (11) are hospitalized. A total of thirty-seven (37) deaths have been reported on Hawaii Island. Our condolences to their families and friends.
On today’s testing, two district tests, which are open to the public, are scheduled. One in Puna at the Pahoa District Park from 8 this morning ‘til noon; and the second, in North Kona at the Keauhou Shopping Center from 9 this morning ‘til noon. Understand that the importance of testing is to identify positive cases as early as possible and in this way help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Also scheduled today is an `Ohana food in South Kohala at the Kamakoa Nui Skate Park in Waikoloa Village. Distribution begins at 10 this morning.
For your information, the State of Hawaii Pre-Testing Program for Trans-Pacific travel is now open. As a reminder for Hawaii Island only those travelers in the pre-test program are required to take a second test upon arrival.
Know that the preventive measures of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings are mandated for all to follow in order to stop the spread of the virus and protect our family, friends and community. Please accept this kuleana to make Hawaii Safe. Thank you for listening and have a safe day.