The World Expo 2020 is taking place in Dubai this year — after a one-year delay due to the pandemic. Two women from Hawaiʻi will represent the USA Pavilion as youth ambassadors.
Kauaʻi is planning to revise its coronavirus restriction structure as the Delta variant continues to impact the county. Mayor Derek Kawakami says officials will continue to enforce strict COVID-19 safety measures even as the state approaches a vaccination rate of 70%, a milestone earlier set for loosening rules under a tiered reopening plan.
Guam’s government is appealing a judge’s ruling that removed a barrier to women in the U.S. territory accessing telemedicine abortions. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys fighting for abortion access on Guam say that the appeal is alarming because it comes as the island is grappling with the deadliest wave of the pandemic.
Economies around the world are adjusting because of the pandemic. In Hawaiʻi, some of the disruptions have included the tech sector — and some young entrepreneurs. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the state’s current crop of young startups.
A Honolulu nursing facility is facing a staffing shortage and management crisis caused by a COVID-19 outbreak. The crisis caused a staff shortage paired with an increase of residents needing intensive care. Nurses can work anywhere from 12 to 20 hours.
COVID-19 cases are trending down across the state but medical facilities are still strained. Hilton Raethel, head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, shared the latest about long-term care facilities, staffing problems, and monoclonal antibody treatments.
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