Fri. 4/24 COVID-19 Daily Update


Today, we hosted another Facebook Live to promote our Local 5 hardship fund. We featured Jenny Johnson from the Sheraton Waikiki. Watch Jenny bake cookies and promote our Hardship Fund! 


State attorney general tells Hawaii Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 that 14-day visitor quarantine may last (April 24, 2020)

The state attorney general said today that even after Hawaii reopens for tourism, there’s likely to be a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for a while. The state is also exploring the constitutionality of other quarantine ideas like: requiring quarantining visitors to wear ankle bracelets; employing Facebook recognition; using 24/7 GPS monitoring; requiring visitors to stay in designated locations, which might be guarded.

HTA CEO Chris Tatum said the quarantine is not likely to be lifted until the state has processes in place “to protect our residents and to ensure the virus is not coming.”

Mayor unveils plan to gradually reopen Honolulu (KHON, April 24, 2020)

The stay-at-home order will remain in place with the gradual reopening of different categories of businesses. “If there’s an order in place and it moves forward, month by month, with fewer things in place… we can protect ourselves from seeing a spiking of this virus,” Caldwell said.

Botanical gardens are considered low risk, and will be reopening May 1. “We’ve also talked about aiming towards May 1 for golf courses with a lot of limitations. Car dealerships, real estate transactions by appointment only with a lot of limitations–everyone wear a mask. When you go to an open house, only one person in the open house at a time with the broker. And certain other businesses with remote interfaces.”

The goal is to move forward slowly to prevent another spike in COVID-19 cases in a few months.

City partners with community organizations to launch massive food distribution program (Hawaii News Now, April 24, 2020)

$2M was donated to Hawaii Foodbank to have two distributions a week alternating at the soccer complex and three other venues: Kakaako Waterfront Park, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park in Haleiwa and Waimanalo District Park.

About 200 Local 23 members and community allies rallied online Monday, demanding that the New Orleans Convention Authority release $100 million to help the city’s hospitality workers.

The action continued with a clergy vigil on Tuesday. Today, workers submitted a petition and 90 written comments in support of their demands to the Convention Center board, which later voted to release just $1 million. However the Communications Workers of America threatened to pull its August 2021 convention if the board refuses to negotiate. “The last thing we’d ever do is cross a picket line.” CWA Secretary-General Sara Steffens told The Lens.

COVID Cases Today

World: Cases: 2.8M (+100k).  Deaths: 196k (+6k)

USA: Cases: 890k (+21k).  Deaths: 51k (+1.0k).  Total Tested: 4.7M (+100k)

Hawaii: Cases:  601 (+5).  Deaths: 14 (+2).  Hospitalized: 67 (+4). Recovered: 465 (+8)