As of Thursday, February 25th, Oahu entered into tier 3 of the COVID-19 reopening strategy after months of remaining in tier 2. The current state of Hawaii reopening impact level is now act with care. As the state proceeds with caution in reopening, tier 3 allows for more relaxed restrictions. Updates on restrictions include: an increase in number of persons allowed at social gatherings from 5 to 10 people, holding funerals up to 25 people, indoor gyms and fitness facilities operating at 50% capacity, resuming spiritual groups and services, restaurant eating up to 10 people from 5, and much more.

According to the Governor’s reopening strategy, Oahu will not see tier 4 sooner than March 25th, assuming the average daily case counts and positivity rate remains contained and under 1%. In addition, if the daily average case count and positivity rate rises and remain elevated for two weeks, Oahu may revert back to a more restrictive tier, depending on the number of daily cases. This could mean reverting back to tier 2, or worst-case scenario, the most restrictive tier, tier 1.

Come March 15th, those 70 and older will be approved for vaccinations, and those 65 and older will be eligible a few short weeks later. The Department of Health today reported that there are still over 41,000 kupuna aged 65-74 who have not received a vaccine. Of 417, 590 doses, 356,843 have been administered so far. Another 66,380 doses are expected to be received this week.

As new COVID-19 variants have recently been discovered in the islands, we cannot get too comfortable. It is still most important to remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and be vigilant. If possible, avoid traveling out of state. To date, approximately 27,623 coronavirus cases have been reported in Hawaii, with 647 of those cases being currently active; 358 active cases on Oahu, 252 cases on Maui, 33 on the big island, and 4 on Kauai. There are currently no active cases on Lanai or Molokai. Hawaii’s statewide death toll is up to 439; 349 of deaths being on Oahu, 53 on the big island, 33 on Maui, and just one on Kauai. Three of Hawaii’s residents have reportedly died from the virus outside of the state.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced Friday, February 26th that the state has also received an additional $87.4 million in federal funds to administer and open more vaccination sites. HI-EMA, the Department of Budget and Finance, and the Department of Health will be managing the reimbursement grant, result of the Stafford Act Public Assistance Program, to cover PPE, transportation, distribution and management of the COVID-19 vaccines. The grant would also cover medical and staff support expenses, as well as costs associated with storing the vaccines. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will also be providing reimbursements to qualifying health care organizations.

 

To see the latest on COVID-19 restrictions, view the Hawaii Recovery Navigator here:

https://recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov/reopening-status/

For the latest on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here:

https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/