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Medical Assistant Savannah Dela Vega places a nasal swab in a container for coronavirus testing at the drive-thru clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March. (Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The Latest: CDC official sees 'distressing' rise in cases

Oct. 21, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The deputy director for infectious diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States is seeing a “distressing trend” with coronavirus cases increasing in nearly three-quarters of the country. Dr. Jay Butler said at a briefing Wednesday one factor in...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

Oct. 21, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client, who is charged with illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus, will plead not guilty. The criminal complaint against Adams, who was on Oahu in August helping with surge...

Honolulu police issue 4,500 warnings for virus violations

Oct. 21, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police issued warnings or citations to thousands of people in violation of coronavirus protocols since the state launched a pre-arrival testing program to reopen to tourists. The Honolulu Police Department said officers issued 4,500 warnings and 470 citations for not wearing masks...

Hawaii health department updates school reopening guidance

Oct. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health released updated guidance for operating schools during the coronavirus pandemic that more closely aligns the state with federal guidelines. The recommendations released Monday also more closely match new tiered reopening plans at the county level, The...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO KINOHI INSTEAD OF KANOHI - This 2017 photo provided by Ke'ala Aki shows Willie Talamoa, rear center with shaved head, next to Kinohi Aki, rear left, as they pray with players from their 15-and-under flag football team in Honolulu. A Honolulu community is mourning the loss of Talamoa, a mentor, football coach and father figure who died after contracting COVID-19. (Ke'ala Aki via AP)

Lives Lost: Hawaii football coach who prepped kids for life

Oct. 21, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school. For Talamoa, his actions weren’t just about football. They were about helping the young people in the hardscrabble neighborhood...

Honolulu reserves rooms at 2 properties for virus isolation

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu reserved hundreds of rooms at two hotels so Oahu has more space for people to go into coronavirus quarantine. Officials booked 221 rooms from Oct. 15 to Dec. 30 at the Park Shore Hotel in Waikiki to isolate those who have been exposed to the virus or are required to quarantine...

Convicted ex-prosecutor wants phone hearings during pandemic

Oct. 19, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor who is in jail while awaiting sentencing for a conspiracy conviction in Hawaii’s largest corruption case wants to participate in hearings for a lawsuit her uncle filed against her by telephone because of the pandemic. Katherine...

In this Nov. 11, 2015, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Maj. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Army National Guardsman and U.S. House of Representative for Hawaii's 2nd District, delivers a keynote address to audience members about honoring and remembering veterans of war during a Veterans Day sunset ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Military officials say Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit. The Hawaii National Guard confirmed Gabbard, who holds the rank of major, made the switch in June 2020, but the transfer to an out-of-state unit was not formally announced. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/U.S. Navy via AP)

Gabbard leaves Hawaii National Guard for California unit

Oct. 19, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has left the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new assignment with a California-based Army Reserve unit, military officials said. Gabbard's new part-time assignment as an Army Reserve civil affairs officer follows 17 years with...

Public schools in Hawaii report 10 new cases of COVID-19

Oct. 17, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Public schools in Hawaii reported 10 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff and students during the week that ended Friday. Officials said six of the people who tested positive had not been on campus for at least two weeks. There have been 147 cases of the coronavirus associated...

A beachgoer walks down Waikiki Beach, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory quarantine goes into effect Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating downturn on Hawaii's tourism-based economy and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

Oct. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a...