State briefs for July 17

Hawaii governor says mom lives at afflicted nursing home

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that his mother lives at an Oahu nursing home where several residents and staff have been infected with the coronavirus.

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“It’s just a reminder of how pervasive the virus is,” Ige told Hawaii News Now. The news station did not name the facility in order to protect the family’s privacy.

Doctors are in the process of reviewing tests from the nursing home, which were widely administered after an outbreak started at the facility. The home’s residents remain in quarantine and visitors are barred from entering. The governor said that his mother is doing well.

Ige said his mother is doing well and that staff is working to keep everyone healthy. “I think all of us know someone who is vulnerable, who we know would struggle if they became infected. And clearly we want to hang on to our loved ones as long as we can,” he said.

While for most people the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as a fever and cough, it can cause more severe illness and death for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

June bankruptcies in Hawaii reach yearly high amid pandemic

HONOLULU — June bankruptcy cases in Hawaii jumped nearly 22% from the same month in 2019.

The 151 cases are up 124 from June of last year and is the highest monthly total in 2020. The uptick comes after four months of declining cases.

Filings were up nearly 35% from May and were the most since there were 162 cases in October 2019.

The increase comes as industries across the island have struggled amid coronavirus-related spending

Chapter 7 liquidation filings — the most common type of bankruptcy — soared in June to 128 from 85 in the same month last year. That represents the most in any month since there were 136 in August 2013.

Chapter 13 filings, which allow individuals with regular sources of income to make installment payments to creditors over three to five years, declined to 22 from 39.

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There was one Chapter 11 reorganization case in June compared with none in the year-earlier period.

Bankruptcies rose in all of the four major counties. Honolulu County filings rose to 107 from 95, Hawaii County filings increased to 14 from five, Maui County filings rose to 24 from 21, and Kauai County filings doubled from three to six.

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