Tues. 4/21 COVID-19 Daily Update

Join us for another Facebook Live informational session. We’ll be joined by Carla Jacobs from Benefit & Risk Management Services (BRMS), Lani Meniano, a member from Hilton Hawaiian Village, and our Financial Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill. Our guests will discuss our healthcare & pension benefits and will answer your questions. See you tomorrow, Wed. at 5pm – facebook.com/uniteherehawaii


News Highlights


City extends stay-at-home order through May 31, but will reopen parks for exercise (Hawaii News Now, April 21, 2020)

Honolulu Country will remain under stay at home order through May 31st.  Parks will reopen for exercise on Saturday April 25th.  No group exercises are allowed in the parks, only running, walking or biking.  Botanical gardens will open on May 1st, Hanauma Bay will stay closed.  It appears other restrictions may be lifted in the weeks ahead.

Those getting unemployment benefits in Hawaii start seeing extra $600 payments (Hawaii News now, April 21, 2020)

Those receiving unemployment benefits in Hawaii are starting to see extra $600 payments, which were part of the federal relief package. The increase is a weekly payment from March 29 through the end of July — and it is retroactive.

Big business has its own plan to reopen economy (Washington Post, April 13, 2020)

The technology discussed is about widespread quick testing of infection and anti-body immunity.  One interesting practice raised is that a business could test every employee once every week or two to provide peace of mind for customers and employees.

Visitors Arrested On Oahu For Violating Quarantine (Civil Beat, April 21, 2020)

On average, more than 125 visitors fly to Hawaii every day despite coronavirus quarantine (Star Advertiser, April 21, 2020)

Since the state quarantine started, and despite the supposed 14 day quarantine imposed, recreational visitors to the state averaged 125 a day.  on Monday 111 visitors arrived.

Trump says he will sign executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US (The Hill, April 21, 2020)


COVID Cases Today

World: Cases: Cases: 2.56M (+90k).  Deaths: 177k (+12k)

USA: Cases: 825k (+36k).  Deaths: 45k (+2.7k).  Total Tested: 4.15M (+150k)

Hawaii: Cases:  586 (+2).  Deaths: 12 (+2).  Hospitalized: 56 (+1). Recovered: 437 (+14)