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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...

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...

Report: Only 2% of funds paid in Hawaii for housing relief

Oct. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii allotted $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help families struggling with their rent and mortgage payments, but so far only 2% of the money has been distributed, the state Housing Finance and Development Corporation said. The corporation confirmed the number with...

Board votes against problematic online learning program

Oct. 16, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Board of Education has approved phasing out distance learning curriculum that parents and teachers complained contained racist and sexist content and will send parents a letter acknowledging the Acellus program was selected hastily during the pandemic without proper vetting. The...

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...

Restaurant cards for Hawaii unemployed to arrive Friday

Oct. 16, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Restaurant cards for unemployed workers are expected to begin arriving in Hawaii mailboxes Friday, with the cards covering meals plus purchases at bakeries and catering services. The new Hawaii Restaurant Card Program will benefit state residents who are out of work and businesses...

Jim Zoller, top, gets a rapid COVID-19 test from June Lopez, Dignity GoHealth medical assistant, before a United Airlines flight to Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus weary residents and struggling business owners in Hawaii will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to the islands on Thursday without having to self-quarantine upon arrival. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Tourists return to Hawaii amid ever-changing pandemic rules

Oct. 15, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane headed for Hawaii, where travelers who test negative for the coronavirus will no longer be required to self-quarantine for two weeks. “Vacation, peace of mind,” said Margos, a nurse from San...

Hawaii unemployment assistance center flooded with calls

Oct. 14, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A new call center fielding Hawaii unemployment claim questions is receiving about 150,000 calls per day, overwhelming operators attempting to assist residents who wait for several hours or fail to get through. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said the center receives...

FILE - This file photo provided by Adrienne Robillard shows her daughter, name withheld by parent, doing school work at a computer at home in Kailua, Hawaii, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Hawaii's Department of Education is recommending that the state's public schools stop using a distance learning program that parents said had contained racist and sexist content. Schools across the nation have been using Acellus for distance learning and some have dropped the program after parent complaints. (Adrienne Robillard via AP, File)

Hawaii to stop using online program after parent complaints

Oct. 13, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s public schools will stop using a distance learning program after parents complained about racist and sexist content. The state Department of Education completed a review of Acellus Learning Accelerator and reviewers recommended discontinuing its use as a primary curriculum...