Health officials end Hawaii emergency declaration after 3 years

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Health officials have lifted Hawaii’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, which had been in place for nearly three years..

The emergency declaration was first issued in March 2020, as the pandemic began to take hold in the islands. It gave the governor and state Department of Health broad powers to respond to the crisis, including the ability to issue emergency rules and regulations..

As of March 13, 2023, the Hawaii Department of Health was reporting a total of 635,361 COVID-19 cases and 1,558 deaths. The state’s positivity rate was 1.7%..

State health officials said they made the decision to lift the emergency declaration after considering several factors, including the declining number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the high vaccination rate among Hawaii residents, and the availability of effective treatments for the virus..

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