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Anita Hofschneider

First COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii Public Housing

First COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii Public Housing

Though DOH confirmed the first case “at least a couple of weeks ago,” the head of the Public Housing Authority said he was first informed Monday.

Yale Report Says Guam Vets Likely Exposed To Agent Orange Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yale Report Says Guam Vets Likely Exposed To Agent Orange

The new report conflicts with a federal analysis that found no evidence of the toxin on the island.

Marshallese Community In Iowa Struggles With COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marshallese Community In Iowa Struggles With COVID-19

One community leader told a local paper that three Marshallese people have died of the virus in Dubuque County.

Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Confront High Rates Of COVID-19 In Many States Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Confront High Rates Of COVID-19 In Many States

In many Western states, as well as Arkansas which has a large Marshallese population, these communities have virus rates that far exceed their share of the population.

The Long Wait For Unemployment Checks Is Taking A Personal Toll Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Long Wait For Unemployment Checks Is Taking A Personal Toll

The state’s huge backlog of jobless claims has left many waiting weeks for benefits. For some, the loss of work has derailed dreams for starting over.

Hawaii Reports New Coronavirus-Related Death On Maui Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Reports New Coronavirus-Related Death On Maui

UPDATED: The state’s coronavirus case count remains at 620, after the Department of Health removed two duplicate cases on Maui and in Honolulu.

Pacific Islanders In LA Have The Highest Death Rate For COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders In LA Have The Highest Death Rate For COVID-19

The LAist reported Pacific Islanders’ coronavirus death rate is 12 times higher than the rate for white Los Angeles residents.

DOH Says Native Hawaiians Have A High COVID-19 Rate. But How High? Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

DOH Says Native Hawaiians Have A High COVID-19 Rate. But How High?

The state health director said Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, but that’s not apparent from data posted on the state’s website.

Hawaii Nonprofits Want More Say In How State Spends Federal Virus Aid Ben Nishimoto/Civil Beat

Hawaii Nonprofits Want More Say In How State Spends Federal Virus Aid

More than 60 nonprofits want the state to expand its safety net to help immigrants and other marginalized groups.