Thu. 4/2/20: COVID-19 Daily Updates


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.


Coronacare Hawai‘i (Corona Care Hawaii)

Corona Care Hawaii is a community organization set up to connect volunteers with people who need help due to the COVID crisis. You can volunteer to help your community or ask for help through the website.

More drive-thru COVID-19 testing to be offered in Waipahu and Kakaako this weekend (Star Advertiser, Apri 2, 2020)

On Saturday 4/4/20, drive-through testing will be held at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Waipio Point Access Road from 8am to 12pm.

On Sunday 4/5/20, drive through testing will be at Kakaako Waterfront Park at Ilalo and Cooke streets from 8am to 12pm.

Only people showing symptoms are asked to show up for screening and testing. For more information on testing, please call Premier Medical Group Hawaii at (808) 304-8816 or (808) 367-6020.

To prevent spread of virus, mayor asks all Oahu residents to wear a cloth mask in public (HawaiiNewsNow, April 2, 2020)

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is asking all Oahu residents to wear a cloth mask when they go into the community, including when they exercise or grocery shop. The mayor stressed that cloth masks are appropriate for residents, not the more specialized N95 masks that should be reserved for health care workers. The mayor encourages people to have 3 or 4 masks ready and washed daily and hung to dry. People can spread the virus for up to three days without showing symptoms. Make your own mask video tutorials are available here.

State reports second coronavirus-related death in Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow, April 2, 2020) 

The second death in Hawaii is a woman in her 50s on Oahu.

A coronavirus recession will mean more robots and fewer jobs (Vox, March 31, 2020)

This article says studies have shown that major recessions always lead to increased technology in the workplace, even though it sounds counter-intuitive because of up-front costs of tech implementation, recessions change the calculus so that tech implementation makes financial sense. After this major recession is over, we should expect major shifts in AI software and technology.

COVID Cases Today

World: Cases: 1.0M (+65k).  Deaths: 53k (+7k),  Recovered: 211k (+21k)

USA: Cases: 245k (+31k).  Deaths: 5,983 (+1.1k).  Recovered: 9k (+0.2k)

Hawaii: Cases: 285 (+27).  Deaths:  2 (+1).  Hospitalized: 15 (0). Recovered: 72 (+2)