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As a collective we can work together to share information and news around the happenings connected to COVID-19.  

You Can Make a Difference 

Your participation is vital to increasing understanding 

When faced with a new, novel coronavirus like SARS CoV-2, Covid-19, the more that can be discovered about it the better.  Building that understanding is based on the ability to study it.  Learn how if you tested positive for COVID-19, you can play a part in helping to uncover some of the mysteries around immuno-prevalence post COVID-19.  Read the flyer and watch the PSA by a project participant below to learn more.  Mahalo for passing on the information!

UHERO Research Fellow Ruben Juarez and Alika Maunakea from the John A. Burns School of Medicine are examining the recovery and progression of individuals with COVID-19 in order to design better strategies for the recovery of other infected individuals. The project is recruiting up to 100 participants who have tested positive over the last 60 days (anytime on or after April 10). There are incentives of up to $150 per individual, but the main incentive for participants is to help their community come up with better strategies to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.  

Read the flyer and watch the PSA by a project participant below to learn more.  Mahalo for passing on the information!

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Video by George Ma inviting you to participate

If you have other questions or to find out more information about this study, please contact the Study Coordinator at the University of Hawaii by email to or by phone/text to 808-989-2043.

H-3 Freeway to Become Surge Testing Site

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 / 05:24 PM HST / Updated: Aug 27, 2020 / 10:45 PM HST


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Here’s an unprecedented move by the state and City and County of Honolulu.

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The Department of Transportation will shut down the H-3 freeway on September 1 and on September 3. The freeway will serve as a testing location for COVID-19.

The DOT’s Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, said once testing is completed drivers will continue on the freeway to the end of the closure and then use alternate Koolau routes if necessary.

“As you come in stay in the left lane when you go through, we don’t know how many people are going to be there,” Sniffen said. “We’re hoping upward to 10,000 to get tested because we want to make sure we hit the surge testing numbers that we’re shooting for.”  

Portable restrooms will sit on each mile in anticipation of a wait time.

Sniffen said traffic has dropped by about 20% with fewer people on the road, he believes Likelike Highway and Pali Highway can handle overflow traffic during the two days of testing.

The H-3 was chosen as a testing site with hopes that it will prevent another major gridlock from happening again. On the first day of the surge testing, sites like Kaneohe District Park had to briefly shut down to get traffic under control.

The H-3 Freeway testing will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The plan is to set up test stations on both the Kaneohe and Halawa sides of the tunnel. Vehicles can line up on the inside lanes of the H-3 while the other lane will provide access for emergency vehicles.

Latest Report on Hawai`i's Contact Tracing Effort

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Spread the Word:  Check out this community opportunity

Another opportunity to make a difference within communities is to pursue a career as an outreach community health worker.  

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KCC Health & Science Counselors: Russell Kinningham and Cheri Souza​:  Email:  Phone: 808-734-9224

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