Governor COVID-19 Update: Including Economic Recovery & Resilience Plans

April 20, 2020, 4:26 PM HST · Updated April 20, 4:26 PM
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April 20, 2020: COVID-19 Update Guest speakers:• Lieutenant Governor Josh Green • Alan Oshima, Economic Recovery and Resiliency Navigator to talk about the state’s economic recovery efforts.• Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director, Hawaii State Department of Health

Posted by Governor David Ige on Monday, April 20, 2020

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After the death of a Washington State visitor from COVID-19 over the weekend, Governor Ige offered condolences to the man’s family and friends and said this was another sign of the seriousness of this disease and continued adherence to his stay-at-home orders and other measures designed to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections in Hawai‘i.

Economic Recovery & Resilience Update:

Alan Oshima, the state Economic Recovery and Resiliency Navigator, appointed by Gov. Ige to help coordinate Hawai‘i’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, laid out guiding principles during today’s media briefing at the State Capitol. He said public and private leaders need to practice these principles during the current public health and economic crisis:

  • Be visible, purposeful and authentic
  • Use multiple clock speeds (i.e. consider the now, next and later)
  • Cut through bureaucracy
  • Be flexible, focus on execution
  • Engage externally
  • Adapt and innovate

Oshima laid out a three-phase plan for reopening Hawai‘i’s economy. Phase 1 is stabilization – focus on stabilizing the number of COVID-19 cases. Phase 2 consists of reopening and recovery, which begins with gradual, sequenced reopening of normal activities; and Phase 3 is building a resilient economy with strong business and job growth. The goals of Phase 1-stabilization includes prevention, testing & quarantine, treatment, socio-economic sustenance, communication, financing and governance. Oshima identified four actions that lead to effective governance during the stabilization phase, including making transparent, data-informed decisions early; delivering results and coordinating across localities; enabling bi-directional communications to disseminate information and mobilize action; enforcing, utilizing self-regulating mechanisms and consistent levels to encourage compliance with issued guidelines; and monitoring by developing a system to track and assess compliance of businesses and people to adjust strategies.

Lt. Governor’s Office:

Update from Lieutenant Governor Josh Green – State COVID-19 Healthcare Liaison

Hawai‘i statistics on COVID-19:

  • 0.7% mortality rate, second lowest in the United States behind Wyoming
  • 15% use of ventilators in the state
  • 584 people have tested positive, 423 have been released from isolation, a 72.4% recovery rate

In a press conference Monday, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said, “I know people are getting anxious to get back to ‘normal.’ I want to acknowledge that I am so impressed and pleased with the way our residents have stepped up for each other to help prevent a catastrophic surge of cases in our state… We did a great job of flattening this curve, but there is a risk of additional spikes in cases if we’re not careful. We are diligently working to ensure we reopen Hawaii in a careful, thoughtful way that keeps people healthy and safe while jumpstarting our economy as much as possible.”

Department of Health:

Number of New COVID-19 Cases Drops to Four

The DOH reports four new cases of coronavirus statewide – two each on Hawai‘i Island and Maui. All are adults and their risk factors are all unknown.

Cluster Updates

No new cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). The facility implemented universal masking and daily symptom screening of all employees on April 8.

There are no new cases reported at McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona. The investigation is ongoing.

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