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State's microbiologists provide genomic virus data to shape future pandemic response

| May 20, 2021 | Hawaii

A team of about a dozen microbiologists and other professionals has been on an important mission for more than a year: to collect and analyze data on the coronavirus to help epidemiologists determine how best to respond to the ongoing pandemic.     They’re part of a genomic surveillance project...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Governor announces state will maintain mask rules

| May 14, 2021 | Hawaii

In a rejection of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced Thursday that the state will continue to require masks when within six feet of people who aren’t a member of their household.     Ige said in a press conference he doesn’t feel comfortable...[ Read More ]

Registration open: "5 Slides" Raising awareness of mental health solutions

| May 11, 2021 | Hawaii

May is mental health awareness month and the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn has caused widespread despair and feelings of vulnerability. During our upcoming discussion, "5 Slides: Raising awareness of mental health solutions," industry experts will discuss and explore the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and Hawaii’s response...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Representative Yamane looks back on the 2021 session

| May 5, 2021 | Hawaii

Representative Ryan Yamane currently serves as the Chair of the Health, Human Services, and Homelessness Committee. He previously chaired the House Committee on Health from 2009-2012. He also previously chaired the House Tourism and Culture Committee from 2006-2008. Yamane has dedicated himself to public service as a social worker, instructor...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Representative Della Au Belatti talks the 2021 budget process

| May 5, 2021 | Hawaii

Representative Della Au Belatti represents Hawaii’s 24th legislative district, which includes Makiki, Tantalus, Papakōlea, McCully, Pāwa'a and Mānoa. Since assuming office in 2006, she served as the chair of the House Health Committee from 2013 to2017, and in 2017 she was appointed the Hawaii House majority leader. As a member...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Legislature adjorns Sine Die, here are the health bills that passed

| Apr 30, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2021 Legislature sine die Thursday, following a condensed 55 legislative day session. During the session the legislature passed 270 bills.     House Speaker Scott Saiki convened the 2021 legislative session in the House with three priorities: addressing the budget shortfall, maintaining public health and...[ Read More ]