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Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 03:57PM

So on March 23rd, the Governor of Hawaii imposed a Lockdown/Shutdown through April 30th, EVEN THOUGH HAWAII HAD NO CORONAVIRUS DEATHS!

Ige: Stay home, Hawaii; Governor issues statewide lockdown through April 30


Gov. David Ige said Monday his statewide lockdown order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is “aimed at social distancing — the single most effective way of controlling this deadly virus.”

“I cannot stress enough that we need everyone to please stay at home or in their place of residence,” Ige said during an afternoon news conference. “… As alien as it might be for those of us in the Aloha State, we must avoid physical contact with friends and loved ones to protect all of us in this crisis.”

The order, which he signed Monday, goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and remains in effect through April 30.

There are exceptions to the so-called “stay-at-home order,” including driving to and from work for jobs deemed essential, and for those needing “health care, purchasing food, medicine and gas, taking care of elderly, minors or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawaii, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals and other related services, and outdoor exercise,” Ige said.

“You should stay at home,” he continued. “If you need to go to work, go to work, and when you’re done with work, you should come back home. If you need to get groceries and necessities, you should go get groceries and necessities. For any other time, you should be at home.”

Businesses defined as essential include: health care services and facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores and other retailers of food; restaurants for off-premises consumption only; transportation; gas stations and other business essential for transportation; educational facilities; financial institutions; media outlets; telecommunication facilities; hotels; hardware and construction supply and contractors; charitable organizations; laundry services; funeral homes and crematories; critical government services such as police, fire, rescue, emergency medical services, courts and correctional facilities; professional services such as lawyers and accountants; residential facilities and shelters; childcare providers; and manufacturers of equipment and supplies deemed critical.

Any gathering of more than 10 individuals is prohibited.

Facilities ordered closed include: fitness centers and gyms; locations with amusement rides; carnivals; water parks; aquariums; zoos; museums; arcades; fairs; children’s play centers; playgrounds; funplexes; theme parks; bowling alleys; movie and other theaters; concert and music halls; and social clubs.

The governor’s move comes after the mayors of Honolulu and Maui counties in recent days announced their own stay-at-home orders. Honolulu’s order took effect at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Some of Oahu’s largest malls, Ala Moana Center and Pearlridge, each announced they would close in response.

Mayor Harry Kim said Monday he is “happy there is now one cohesive statewide order” instead of every county going its own way.

“I, of course, plan to comply with the governor’s order,” Kim said.

The supplemental proclamation has the force of law, and a misdemeanor conviction for violating it could land an individual in jail for up to a year, fines of up to $5,000, or both.

“These actions are extreme but necessary for us to flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for our recovery,” Ige said. “… The focus, initially, would be on education. We do understand that a stay-at-home order has never been implemented in our communities. So a lot of the initial effort will be to inform those who may be violating the order what the order is and how it applies to them.

“… We would be providing warnings and taking increasingly aggressive action to insure that we are able to enforce the order.”

Police will be responsible for enforcing the lockdown order. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the state’s adjutant general, conceded during the weekend that it will be difficult to enforce.

Ige also announced an extension for individual and corporate income tax return filing deadlines from April 20 to July 20, mirroring President Donald Trump’s extension of federal tax return filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.

“If you are expecting a refund for tax year 2019, you should plan to file as soon as possible,” he said.

During the weekend, Ige issued an emergency proclamation requiring all travelers who come to the islands to stay in quarantine for 14 days after they arrive. Officials said they expect most tourists simply won’t come after hearing about the new rule, which takes effect Thursday.

The state Department of Health said that, as of noon Monday, there were 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with another five “presumptive positives,” making the statewide total of cases 77. Four people have required hospitalization.

Two more cases were reported on the Big Island, bringing the total here to five.

“Today, we’ve seen reports of 21 (new) cases of COVID-19 under investigation,” said state Health Director Bruce Anderson on Monday. “That’s, of course, twice what we saw yesterday, which is what we expected. We expected to see more cases given the increased number of samples being collected and processed and tested. But it does indicate that the virus is still a significant threat to Hawaii.”

He said residents “have actually been responsible, in most cases, for introducing the virus to our state.”

Anderson said more than 3,300 COVID-19 tests have been administered statewide.

So there were no Coronavirus Deaths in Hawaii on March 24th when the Governor Issued a Lockdown/Shut-in until March 31st, which was later extended to April 30th

The first Hawaii Coronavirus Death didn't happen until March 31st.

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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 04:25PM

So Because of the Shutdown/Lockdown starting when there were absolutely No Coronavirus Deaths and a month later when there are now 10 Deaths, and a .0007% Death Rate, Hawaii's Economy is in the crapper - from 2.7% Unemployment to 37% Unemployment!

Unemployment in Hawaii tops 37% as coronavirus shutdown continues


More than 1 in 3 workers in Hawaii has lost a job as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown, new figures from the state Labor Department show.

And a new state-by-state analysis shows Hawaii is among the state’s hardest hit by shutdown orders.

That’s because many of those laid off are connected to the tourism industry, which has been at a standstill since stay-at-home orders went into effect followed by travel-related quarantines.

In February, Hawaii’s workforce was about 651,000 strong, and unemployment was just 2.7% ? far below the national average.

From March 1 to Thursday, the number of unemployment claims filed in the islands stands at a staggering 244,330. That puts the state at more than 37% unemployment.

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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 04:38PM

Good job on Killing your Economy and your State and plunging millions of Hawaiians into Poverty, and empowering your Petty Tyrant Governor, Hawaii!

It will take Hawaii years to recover from coronavirus lockdown


The coronavirus pandemic, and the Hawaiian government’s response to it, has devastated the state. If Hawaii is lucky, three years from now the state will recover and once again be a favorite tourist destination. For today, however, Governor David Ige has asked tourists to stay away from the islands for a minimum 30-day period.

For those daring enough to come ahead as well as those Hawaiians returning home, Ige has imposed a mandatory 14-day stay-at-home order. Moreover, Ige banned nonessential foot and vehicle traffic after 4:30 p.m. Violators who commit a misdemeanor offense may be punished by fines of up to $5,000 and a year in jail. Last week, Honolulu police issued 70 citations and arrested two.

Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach – all popular tourist spots – are shut down tight. Predictably, in light of the restrictions, travelers have canceled their hotel reservations. Hotel occupancy rates have plunged so low that many are considering closing during the crisis, which would mean a host of lost jobs. Some Hawaiians urge the state to use its influence to close the hotels and convert the empty rooms to house COVID-19 patients. Also, under consideration is converting the Hawaii Convention Center and the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, a multi-purpose facility, into health care centers.

Workers that provide services to Hawaii’s guests – waiters, bartenders, retailers, housekeepers, cab drivers, cooks, airport baggage personnel – are low-wage and tip-dependent, and live in the state with the nation’s highest living costs, 92 percent higher than the U.S. average. Suddenly, their incomes have been interrupted for an indefinite but likely long period. Their mortgages, rent payments and other fixed overhead bills will go unpaid and go into serious, credit-threatening delinquency. Tourism accounts for, conservatively, 21 percent of the state’s economy. No other state so heavily relies on tourism as Hawaii.

No one argues that in these perilous times extraordinary health and safety measures are mandatory. But for tourism workers, the economic and emotional fallout is grave. Minimizing stress is a major component of a strong immune system. Closing businesses and adversely affecting people’s incomes increases stress, weakens immune systems and increases the likelihood of getting sick. But the unimaginable has begun on overwhelmed Hawaii. Some local physicians have ceased seeing patients, and have therefore cut off access for possibly coronavirus-infected patients. Doctors are a source of not only medical advice but also psychological support to troubled, worried patients.

Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told the state Senate COVID-19 special task force that he learned that people are calling doctors they’ve seen for years only to find out “they’ve stopped seeing patients.” The abandoned patients, unfamiliar with infectious diseases, then turn to community health centers which puts an increased burden on those facilities as well as strains treatment and the protective personal equipment supplies they provide. As of March 29, Hawaii had confirmed 20 coronavirus cases, and one death from a person with multiple underlying conditions.

President Trump’s $2.2 trillion CARES Act will provide some relief to Hawaii’s beleaguered unemployed and underemployed. Individual taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is less than $75,000 (the majority of Hawaiians), will get $1,200 plus $500 per child. Because Congress has no idea when the checks might be mailed, many prospective recipients consider the CARES Act cold comfort. Between congressional approval and actual mailing, the 2008 recession stimulus checks took about three months to arrive.

In reference to the nation’s battle against COVID-19, President Trump has labeled himself a “wartime president” and promises that the United States will “meet the moment” and prevail. Solidly Democratic Hawaii won’t vote for President Trump in November. But seeing up close the consequences accelerating COVID-19, Hawaii is hoping that President Trump succeeds.

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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 04:39PM

Wow, this is Unbelievable:

Hawaii is the state with the nation’s highest living costs, 92 percent higher than the U.S. average.

That's what happens when "The Libs" control your State!

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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 04:56PM

Of course, there's not a soul there because if anyone went there, they would get arrested and/or get a $1000 fine, because POLICE STATE, MARSHALL LAW!

Once busy Waikiki now nearly empty due to Hawaii lockdown


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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: fresh ()
Date: April 20, 2020 04:58PM

U.K. is allegedly

Forcing people off their own driveways picnicking back into the house.
And the idiots apologize and comply

And guys exercising in a park.
Forced out of the park

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Re: Update on Hawaii
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 20, 2020 05:08PM

Yeah, everybody's gone mad with power. Even those who believe in the Mantra - Stay-at-home, Social Distance, Wear a Mask, will go out of their way to Shame, berate others and turn in other people who are not marching in lockstep with them. The oppressed becomes the oppressor.

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