US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment dropped unexpectedly in May to 13.3% as reopened businesses began recalling millions of workers faster than economists had predicted, triggering a big rally Friday on Wall Street and giving President Donald Trump something to boast about in his reelection bid.

Impact of COVID-19 on UH-Hilo applications ‘nominal’

While the number of students who so far applied to the University of Hawaii at Hilo has increased compared to last year, university officials say those applications largely came before the onset the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact the disease might have on overall enrollment this fall remains to be seen.

Five new cases today, all on Oahu

The state Department of Health reports five new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii today, and added four older cases to the statewide case count, bringing the total to 664.

DOH: One new COVID-19 case reported on Oahu

The state Department of Health reports one new COVID-19 case in Hawaii today, but the statewide case number remains at 653 because another case was removed from the count because of “updated testing.”

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As demonstrators flooded streets throughout America to decry the killing of George Floyd, public health experts watched in alarm — the close proximity of protesters and their failures in many cases to wear masks, along with the police using tear gas, could fuel new transmissions of the coronavirus.

Seventh-graders thank frontline workers

Editor’s note: Seventh-graders at Hilo Intermediate School wanted to publicly thank essential workers on the Big Island and beyond. These are some of the students’ open letters to essential workers. The newspaper will publish more of them next Wednesday.