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Hawaii teachers union names schools with virus cases

Aug. 11, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s teachers union said Tuesday that it has learned of nine campuses with recent coronavirus cases and that state officials need to publicize them as instruction is set to begin in less than a week. The union learned of the cases from teachers, Hawaii State Teachers Association...

Hawaii debates contact tracer workforce to track coronavirus

Aug. 11, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is in the midst of a debate over the number of contact tracers needed to locate people who have had close contact with people who tested positive for the coronavirus, while Democratic Lt. Gov. Josh Green called for new oversight for the program. Green called for State Epidemiologist...

Hawaii governor appoints new directors as labor head resigns

Aug. 11, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has announced the appointment of two new state cabinet members, including a replacement for a department director who submitted his resignation after a two-month leave. Democratic Gov. David Ige said Monday he appointed a new interim director of the state Department of...

Virus cases hit record high as Hawaii renews restrictions

Aug. 10, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials reported a record 231 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as state and municipal officials closed beaches and parks on Oahu and restricted other activities. The statewide total of cases since the start of the pandemic in March has risen to 3,346 and newly confirmed...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Oahu students to start school year with distance learning

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, public school students on Oahu will begin the academic year with distance learning only, officials announced Friday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that most students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from...

Hawaii tightens rules as virus cases increase exponentially

Aug. 6, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Thursday he would reinstate a requirement that people traveling between the islands quarantine themselves for 14 days, while making an exception for people arriving on Oahu from the other counties as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state grows exponentially....

Hawaii groups to take more action against illegal evictions

Aug. 6, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Several organizations plan to take more legal action against landlords who violate Hawaii's moratorium on evictions over unpaid housing bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Gov. David Ige's April emergency proclamation, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for failing to...

Hawaii governor warns of travel plan delay as cases spike

Aug. 3, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii continued to experience a sharp spike in the number of COVID-19 cases on Monday, prompting Gov. David Ige to warn that the state may have to once again delay the start of a pre-travel testing program for travelers if the trend doesn't change. “If there are too many cases here...