This is historical material, "frozen in time." The web site is no longer updated and links to external web sites and some internal pages will not work.

Keep everyone safe: Do your part to slow the spread

Posted on Mar 28, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Visit DOH's new COVID-19 website for valuable information:

Visit DOH’s new COVID-19 website for valuable information:

The state has launched a new website — — to equip residents and visitors with accurate, easy-to-understand information to help control the spread of COVID-19. It will serve as a hub for Hawai‘i’s coordinated community effort to combat the disease statewide. The public can also find daily updates from the Department of Health (DOH) by going to

DOH director Bruce Anderson emphasized, “Staying informed with reliable, current guidance is a key in our community’s fight against COVID-19. In the coming weeks, this site will be a critical source of information.”

The website currently contains information on:
• Daily prevention for individuals and families
• Guidance and best practices for community spaces
• How to protect those most at risk
• Symptoms and testing protocols
• Daily updates from the state Department of Health
• Printable materials for use in homes and public places

Basic advice to prevent infection

• Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
• Cover your cough or sneeze
• Avoid crowds and practice “social distancing”
Stay home if you’re sick to avoid infecting others
• Clean and disinfect “common touch” surfaces

First, contact your healthcare provider to determine if you need to have an in-person visit and whether you meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing. People eligible for testing must have symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath and have recently traveled to high-risk areas, had contact with tourists, exposure to someone who has tested positive, or have jobs that put them at risk. For testing,  you will need a doctor’s referral unless you are already at a facility with physicians on-site.

• Healthcare personnel at one of the screening sites will take a swab and the specimen will be sent to a private or state lab for resting. During this time, you must self-quarantine at home until the test results are available, which could be up to 3 to 4 days or longer.

• If you are healthy or have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, the Department of Health urges you to stay at home, rest, drink liquids, and avoid an unnecessary visit to a screening site.

The Aloha United Way call center
is open daily between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week. Call 2-1-1 from any location in the state; text 877-275-6569; or email [email protected]

The public can also contact the Queen’s Medical Center COVID-19 infoline at (808) 691-2619. Clinicians will be available to callers 24-7.

Questions on the exemptions can be sent to: [email protected]
Offers to volunteer and resources to assist: 
[email protected]

Read more in the April Capitol Connection newsletter

Subscribe to the Capitol Connection newsletter