|The Covid case surge in Hawai'i is prompting health officials to urge young people to be vaccinated.|
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During the last week, the statewide average daily count of 113 and positivity rate of 3.5 percent are both higher than last year at this time. Unlike last year, said Ratheal, Covid vaccines are widely available.
While the the most vulnerable, the kupuna have a high vaccination rate, the issue is with the younger population's vaccination hesitancy, as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads quickly across Hawai'i.
Factors contributing to the surge in COVID-19 cases are the highly transmissible Delta variant, mainland travel-related cases among Hawai‘i residents, Fourth of July holiday gatherings, and relaxation of prevention measures such as indoor masking and limiting gathering size. Travel-related cases among Hawai'i residents account for 20 percent of all cases in July to date. Large clusters make up a smaller proportion of current COVID-19 cases. Cases are now more community wide.
People can protect themselves by continuing to use personal prevention measures. All eligible persons should get vaccinated, and everyone should wear a mask in indoor public places, physically distance, and avoid crowds. Since May 2021, there had been a decline in clusters associated with retail establishments; food suppliers; and educational settings. Settings that have continued to be frequently associated with clusters of COVID-19 cases include restaurants; construction, industrial, and other occupational settings;
Additional risk factors that have contributed to clusters of COVID-19 cases in these settings and the broader community include people not isolating when sick; not getting tested when they have symptoms consistent with COVID19; not quarantining or monitoring for symptoms when exposed to a person with COVID-19 infection; and not using prevention measures consistently. People with COVID-19 infection can have mild or no symptoms. People with COVID-19 infection also can be infectious before they develop symptoms. These people can expose others and spread disease without knowing it. All people who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and unvaccinated people who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should get tested.
Testing identifies people infected with SARS-CoV2, which is vital to stop COVID-19 spread in the community. All people who are 12 years of age and older should get vaccinated. Vaccination is the most effective way to stop COVID-19. To protect children who are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, all adults who work with children and all eligible people in households with children should get vaccinated. Vaccination is safe, effective, and available at no cost. #HIGotVaccinated."
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The DHHL statement says that staff will review and evaluate all proposals and will determine which will be submitted for consideration for the Governor's Administrative Package. The proposals to be submitted to the Governor will be approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Proposals not submitted to the Governor may be introduced independently of the administrative package. The Governor may also choose not to include proposals submitted by HHC.
Beneficiaries, described as native Hawaiians as defined in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 may submit proposals by visiting dhhl.hawaii.gov/government-relations and filling out the web form. All proposals must but be submitted by Aug. 9.
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