Fri. 4/3/20 COVID-19 Daily Update

We created a new page on our website with resources, such as food and grocery assistance, rent and mortgage assistance, and more. Please visit this page often as we will be updating it regularly as more resources become available, including information from our Hotel Industry Credit Union and Local 5’s Hardship Fund.


COVID Cases Today

World: Cases: Cases: 1.1M (+100k).  Deaths: 58.9k (+5.9k).  Recovered: 226K (+15k)

USA: Cases: 278k (+33k).  Deaths: 7,152 (+1.1k).  Recovered: 9.8k (+0.8k)

Hawaii: Cases:  319 (+34).  Deaths:  3 (+1).  Hospitalized: 18 (+3). Recovered: 78 (+6)

CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public (NPR, April 3, 2020)

CDC now recommends that people wear cloth or fabric face coverings, which can be made at home, when entering public spaces. It is mainly to prevent those people who have the virus — and might not know it — from spreading the infection to others.  You can read CDC news release here.  But Donald Trump will not take that advice saying CDC recommendation is “voluntary” and that he will not wear a face mask in public.

Board of Ed Waives High School Graduation Requirements

The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the Hawaii Department of Education’s request to waive high school graduation credit requirements for seniors primed to graduate this year. Seniors in good standing through the third quarter will receive a high school diploma.

Governor Ige activates National Guard on Friday (KITV, April 3, 2020)

250 National Guard members are being called into service to help with emergency management.  Furthermore, the article says that 33 hotels in Hawai’i want to participate in the Hotels for Heroes program and the HTA says it is working with police departments, fire departments, and healthcare workers on the front lines.  The hotel stays will begin on Monday, April 6th and reservations are being taken now.   Also, visitors arriving with no place to stay are being turned away and sent back on airplanes (recent news report revealed that four homeless people flew into hawaii one day and one family came in with no hotel reservations). 

Coronavirus: More than 500 die in New York overnight with 100,000 reported cases (Independent April 3, 2020)