HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST March 16, 2021
Department of Health:
Daily and Weekly Preliminary Vaccine Administration Updates
48 New COVID-19 Cases Reported
DOH reports 48 new cases of coronavirus today.
This report includes cases up until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Full data is posted on the State COVID-19 dashboard and on the DOH Disease Outbreak & Control Division website daily: hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 11:59 p.m. March 14, 2021
|Island of Diagnosis||New Cases||Reported since
(including new cases)
|HI residents diagnosed outside of HI||2||879|
Hospitalizations as of 8:30 a.m. on 3/15/21 – Hawai‘i-1, Maui 14, O‘ahu-10, Kauaʻi-0
DOH and Community Partners Take Action to Address COVID-19 Race, Ethnic Disparities
DOH has outlined state and community-based initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and Hawai‘i’s vaccination efforts. A new report, “COVID-19 in Hawai‘i: Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations,” details the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the state of Hawai‘i, documents the actions taken to reduce transmission across the state, and provides recommendations based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 response.
The data found that while vaccine uptake is higher than originally projected among diverse communities, outreach efforts to certain groups must continue. “We strongly value health equity for all people in Hawai‘i,” said Dr. Sarah Kemble, acting state epidemiologist. “While DOH’s equity report and vaccine administration data are new, the health disparities they reveal are long-standing and disproportionately impact some communities. This data emphasizes the importance of our diverse coalition of partners who are targeting outreach to these communities. All of us will continue to work together to ensure that Hawaii’s response to the pandemic is equitable.” To view the report:
Department of Public Safety:
Statewide Inmate Testing Continues
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) reports one (1) negative inmate test result and 16 more inmate recoveries. That means the total active positive inmate cases dropped to 13. No MCCC inmates have required hospitalization due to COVID-19.
“MCCC hasn’t seen a positive case reported in five days. All the credit goes to our hard-working and dedicated MCCC health care and facility staff who have been working tirelessly long hours, following the pandemic plan to medically isolate, quarantine, and cohort inmates, and ultimately bring the cluster under control,” said Tommy Johnson, PSD deputy director for Corrections.
Although all other facility inmate populations are clear of the virus, mass testing continues with DOH assistance. The O‘ahu Community Correctional Center reported 26 negative inmate results. For more information on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19:
Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority:
15,205 Passengers Arrive on Monday
Yesterday, a total of 15,205 people arrived in Hawai‘i from out of state. A total 9,670 people indicated they came to Hawai‘i for vacation. There were also 1,533 returning residents. The trans-Pacific passenger arrival data is derived from data provided by the Safe Travels digital system.
Trusted Testing and Travel Partners:
The state of Hawai‘i only accepts Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners. For the full list of domestic trans-Pacific, inter-county, international and airline partners or information on how to become a Trusted Testing Partner, go to:
Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program:
Program overview: hawaiicovid19.com/travel/
Email: [email protected]
Call Center Number: 1-800-GO-HAWAII
COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Hawai‘i and FAQs:
Vaccine Call Center: 808-586-8332
COVID-19 Expanded Dashboard (Tables, Charts, and Visualizations):
Safe Travels Digital Platform:
Vaccine Information: www.kauai.gov/vaccine
Maui County travel and COVID-19 information:
To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or [email protected]
Hawai‘i County COVID-19 webpage:
Critical infrastructure and medical travel request: survey123.arcgis.com/share/e2f4ce19aa854964a8fd60bec7fbe78c
To report violators: 808-935-3311
City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: oneoahu.org
COVID-19 Vaccine Information: www.oneoahu.org/vaccine
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center:
All media inquiries should be directed to the appropriate State department