Hawaii Coronavirus Updates: Community Tests To Begin, Town Halls Set

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The news on the Hawaii front of the coronavirus battle is swiftly changing. Here are live updates on local health, economic and societal impacts from the spread of COVID-19.

Where Hawaii stands

As of Tuesday evening, the health department reports there are still two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Hawaii. Both involved travel out of state. Two pending cases that were under investigation have tested negative.

Fifty-two people are self-monitoring at home under supervision by the health department.

Hawaii's first coronavirus case traveled to Mexico on the Grand Princess cruise ship. After his return to the state, the man fell ill and was tested positive. Health officials say he has mild to moderate symptoms, is in stable condition and remains quarantined at home on Oahu.

The second case involves an elderly man who is in serious condition at Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua hospital. He visited Washington state, became sick on March 2 and flew back from Seattle to Honolulu March 4 on Hawaiian Airlines HA21 while showing symptoms. He visited an urgent care clinicn and returned home, where his condition worsened. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Saturday.

Community testing starts this week

State officials announced Tuesday that random community testing for coronavirus will begin this week, starting with about 6o tests. Officials plan eventually to test about 200 people a week.

Health Director Bruce Anderson said the sentinel surveillance program addresses concerns that the health department's testing has focused on the serious cases while patients with more mild symptoms may be carrying the virus into the community.

While the sentinel testing will be random, state Epidemiologist Sarah Park said the selection of the cases will reflect the state's population, covering categories like age and ethnicities. The testing will be conducted in all counties.

U.S. Army plans town hall on coronavirus

The U.S. Army Hawaii plans a Facebook Live town hall on the coronavirus outbreak on today from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Representatives from Tripler Army Medical Center, the Schofield Barrack Desmond Doss Health Clinic, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii and other medical and installation professions will provide updates on COVID-19 and answer questions.

Facebook Town Hall can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/usaghawaii/

Governor to attend Pearl City-Aiea legislative town hall

A town hall with Gov. David Ige sponsored by seven lawmakers is set today, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pearl Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria, 98-940 Moanalua Road in Aiea.

Coronavirus is likely to come up, along with other issues before the Legislature.

The town hall will be recorded and rebroadcast on ‘Ōlelo Community Media on March 30, 6 p.m.; April 1, 10 p.m., April 6, 2 p.m. and April 8, 9:30 a.m., all on ‘Ōlelo Channel 49.