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CDC Cloth Masks Announcement

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

CDC Announcement

Activated Hawai‘i National Guardsmen Ready for COVID-19 Response

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Hawaii National Guard photograph

The rise in positive COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i has prompted the partial activation of the Hawai‘i National Guard to stand ready to lend their support to their community.

Airmen with Medical Detachment 1 (Med Det 1), Hawai‘i Air National Guard (HIANG) monitored guardsmen on State Active Duty orders (SAD) during an unprecedented health crisis carrying out daily temperature screenings and health surveys.

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Webmaster Comments 20.04.03

The onslaught of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and the following articles are of interest to Retiree News readers.

The Hawai‘i Attorney General’s office issued a Consumer Alert about COVID-19 scams. Consumer Alert: Avoid COVID-19 Scams. this updates a previous post about COVID-19 scams.

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) issued a press release providing answers to the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) to assist homeowners and renters and with inquiries regarding the Landlord-Tenant code. Go to: State Provides Guidance to Homeowners and Renters

Earlier, the Department of Taxation announced relief for taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. Several Retiree News followers asked if we would post the reference. The Department of Taxation press release

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions

C-17 Airlifts Infant Twins Almost 7,000 Miles for Care

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawai Air National Guard photograph

After transporting two prematurely born twins from South Korea to higher-medical care on the East Coast, this total-force team of airlifters is happy to be home. The newborns were medically cleared and protected from COVID-19 before departure and were provided care by a Neonatal Critical Care Air Transport Team from Kadena Air Base, Japan, throughout their journey. Now, the infants are receiving the advanced care they need at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. This is just one of the many modern miracles that can only be achieved through airlift, along with a network of joint partners around the world.

More photographs Air Force Magazine article

Great job by the 204th Airlift Squadron and our Air Force partners

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

From the Internal Revenue Service website

There are many questions about the economic impact payments announced recently. This link will take you to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website and the IR-2020-61 press release dated March 30, 2020. 

Additionally, in the release, the IRS states they will post all key information on as soon as it becomes available.

What to know before visiting DoD exchanges and commissaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

During the COVID-19 pandemic, military retail is doing all it can to keep exchanges and commissaries well stocked and clean while supporting social distancing.

Here are a few things you should know and consider about accessing military retail stores during the COVID-19 national emergency and any local installation-declared public health emergencies associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

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Thanks to Gordon Lau for emailing this article

COVID-19 Joint Information Center Daily Media Update April 1, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 update issued by the Joint Information Center.

COVID-19 Daily Update April 1, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Hawaiian Raptors – A Total Force Team

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

click on photographs to enlarge

The F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin engine stealth tactical fighter aircraft, and it’s only flown by USAF Airmen. At Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, it’s operated by Hawaii Air National Guard and Active Duty Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons, what we call a total-force team.

This work of art was designed with only one thing in mind – air superiority. It’s advanced flight control systems, powerful propulsion and stealth abilities allow it to complete its mission anytime and anywhere.

Coronavirus Legal Advice: Get Your Business and Estate in Order Now

From the Kiplinger website

The stock market has recently been in a free fall. America has not experienced this level of fear since the days of the polio epidemic in the 1940s and 1950s.

During those decades, polio outbreaks in the U.S. crippled an average of more than 35,000 people yearly. Parents were frightened to let their children go outside. Travel and commerce between affected cities were restricted. Public health officials imposed quarantines on homes and towns where polio cases were found.

Sound familiar?

Now, with the coronavirus, some of those same fears are resurfacing in many ways, from health and safety to the economy, the stock market and personal finances. For many, the current crisis is serving as a wake-up call to get their estate plans in order.

Volunteers Needed to Support Food Distribution: Operation Keep the Peace

The on going COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges as we adjust to stay-at-home requirements. Food distribution remains a challenge with 6 foot separation and hoarding of some items, especially for our elderly and those with mobility challenges. 

Miles Moriyama, a retired Hawaiʻi Air National Guard member, is working with Y. Hata & Co. Ltd. / ChefZone / King Specialty Foods to stand up a family meal box to trunk program. These boxes will contain proteins, produce, milk, eggs, etc. so families can prepare meals for 3 to 5 days depending on family size. Prepared meal boxes will be delivered directly into identified community areas. They plan to start in the Waianae area.

The mission statement is to convey peace and calm and ensure the public can be confident that there is no need to hoard food or stand in potentially compromised lines at grocery outlets.

The program will either take orders on a website (being developed) or collect cash at distribution point. 

Where they need volunteers:

– Packing boxes at either the Y. Hata facility on Sand Island or ChefZone in Airport Industrial area.

– Help at distribution points around O‘ahu. 

– Help in building a ground control communications plan and labor to work it.

– Help in building a safe zone quarantine plan to ensure the facility can stay sterile.

– Help in putting together a facility security program and implantation if needed.

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please contact Miles at 808-227-3390. Please leave a message if you get his voicemail. Speak clearly and slowly, leave your name & call back phone number and he will get back to you.

Mahalo for taking the time to read this bulletin, please be safe!

Off Track: April Fools’ Day

From the History website

April Fools’ Day—celebrated on April 1 each year—has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, though its exact origins remain a mystery. April Fools’ Day traditions include playing hoaxes or practical jokes on others, often yelling “April Fools!” at the end to clue in the subject of the April Fools’ Day prank. While its exact history is shrouded in mystery, the embrace of April Fools’ Day jokes by the media and major brands has ensured the unofficial holiday’s long life.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code

This graphic was part of Governor Ige ‘s COVID-19 briefing this afternoon. The information is as of March 29, 2020, with weekly updates on Mondays.

Check Six: Aloha Airlines Closes – 12 years ago

A earlier Retiree News post on Aloha’s closing

Type “Aloha Airlines” in the search block in the right hand column to see more Aloha Airlines related posts.