Sat. 5/9 Daily COVID-19 Update

News Highlights

COVID Cases Today
World: Cases: 4.0M (+70k).  Deaths: 279(+5k)
USA: Cases: 1.3M (+20k).  Deaths: 78.7k (+1.6k).  Total Tested: 8.7M (+300k)
Hawaii: Cases:  631 (+2).  Deaths: 17 (+0).  Hospitalized: 81 (+o). Recovered: 551

Fresh coronavirus outbreaks in Germany and South Korea show the risks in easing up restrictions – Associated Press

U.S. Leisure and Hospitality Industry Lost 8.2 Million Jobs in 2 Months – Skift

– Excerpt: “The April job loss in leisure and hospitality was more than three times greater than the second-most-impacted sector, education and health services, which saw a decline of 2.54 million jobs.”

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell criticizes state’s failure to expand COVID-19 testing – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

‘I Have To Accept Reality’: First-Timers Line Up For Foodbank Help – Honolulu Civil Beat

– People in Hawaii have been lining up at food distribution events hours before they even start because of the number of people in line.

Housing Is A Human Right – opinion piece by Tina Grandinetti, Sonny Ganaden, Adele Balderston, and Hunter Heaivilin, published in Honolulu Civil Beat

– Even with a temporary moratorium on evictions for not paying rent or mortgage, people will still struggle to pay those bills as we move into a recession, and they risk losing their housing if more comprehensive action is not taken to help them.

– Urges the governor to extend the eviction moratorium, fully relieve rent and mortgage payment obligations for those that cannot afford them, create state funds for rent and mortgage relief that landlords and mortgage companies can apply for when their tenants and mortgagees cannot pay, and other ideas.


Legislative Deal In The Works Would Use Untapped Funds To Dodge Budget Cuts – Honolulu Civil Beat