Anita Hofschneider is a reporter covering social issues for Civil Beat. She previously covered city and state politics, the environment, land use and housing. Her work has won multiple national, regional and local awards.
Prior to starting at Civil Beat, Anita covered the 2013 Hawaii legislative session for the Associated Press and interned at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She graduated from Harvard with honors in 2012 and is originally from the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
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Hawaii health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated, and urging people who are vaccinated to get booster shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals.
The need to attract more nurses is a longstanding problem in Hawaii, but the pandemic has intensified the problem.
The Health Department reported a record 4,789 cases on Thursday, saying the high number was in part the result of New Year’s celebrations.
The city is also increasing availability of vaccines and booster shots to prevent severe illness.
Some Covid-19 watchers say that hospitalization numbers are more important than daily case counts given omicron’s transmissibility.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi said businesses know what to do to limit Covid-19 spread and don’t require further restrictions, despite admonishments from the state Department of Health.
Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing in Hawaii, where 26.2% of people are still unvaccinated and 60% of people eligible for boosters haven’t gotten them, according to the Health Department.