At the direction of the President of the United States, and on behalf of Gov. David Ige, Acting Gov. Josh Green ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect and remembrance of the 1 million Americans who have died of COVID-19.
While the state is transitioning from emergency response to a more traditional public health approach to managing COVID-19, health officials and Gov. David Ige stressed Wednesday, April 27, during a press conference that the pandemic is not over.
Health Director Janet Berreman said there are a few things to keep an eye on. The FDA is considering recommending a second booster shot, although it hasn’t done so yet. Also, the Omicron BA-2 variant has been detected in wastewater in Hawai‘i, but any impacts of that on hospital stays or infections isn’t known.