Contact tracing leads to identification of new COVID-19 cases

A spike in COVID-19 case numbers on Sunday were largely due to a cluster of 17 Honolulu cases all associated with attending a funeral. Intensive contact tracing identified the cases quickly, testing was conducted, and all are in isolation. Contact tracing also identified six cases in Leeward Oahu associated with known clusters, and all of the cases are in isolation.

World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worse to come

ROME — The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases — and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come.

Commissioners at odds over Kealakehe sewer plant

A delay in design plans for the $75 million Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant frustrated members of the county Environmental Management Commission, who grilled the administration Wednesday about why the county can’t simply stop illegal discharges altogether.

Trump’s lack of empathy is pathological

Picture, if you will, four Russian nesting dolls, each roosting inside another. Imagine the largest figurine is of President Donald Trump, and gestating inside are dolls representing the civil rights crisis, inside a financial disaster, inside the coronavirus pandemic.

Big Isle nursing homes still virus free

Clusters of COVID-19 have been found in nursing homes on Oahu, but the Big Island’s long-term care facilities have so far remained free of the disease and are continuing their efforts to keep it out.

Rainy Side View: Great? Yes. Great American? No

We missed our annual celebration of Kamehameha Day, an official state holiday on June 11 established in 1871 by Kamehameha V, grandson of Kamehameha I. It’s a big day in Hawaii, with parades, lei-draping ceremonies and ho‘olaule‘a, but this year due to the pandemic, all events were canceled.