HIDOE COVID-19 Information and Updates

This resource page provides weekly updates to the public on confirmed COVID-19 cases in the HIDOE system.


Updated Oct. 23, 2020

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students, employees and school communities remains one of our highest priorities.

Along with internal guidelines, the Department's Health & Safety Handbook provides overall direction to schools and offices, including guidance on safety protocols, cleaning and sanitation procedures, and notification steps.

This resource page provides weekly updates to the public on confirmed COVID-19 cases in the HIDOE system. Case counts will be reported weekly by complex area (groups of adjacent high schools and their feeder elementary and middle schools), along with a running statewide total.


The Department’s case count should not be used to determine community spread or sources of an outbreak or cluster. It is informal data based on information provided to HIDOE’s COVID-19 Core Response Team by individuals, parents, campus visitors and service providers. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) remains the lead agency on reporting official data and case counts. 

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues to report COVID-19 cases impacting its schools and offices at four notification levels:

  • Immediate notification to individuals who may have come into close contact with the infected person about possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with state and federal law.

  • Notification to staff and the school community about the possible exposure and HIDOE activities to contain the spread of infection.

  • A daily report to the Hawaii Board of Education of confirmed cases.

  • Weekly public reporting of cases by Complex Area.

Public disclosure is done in accordance with federal and state laws protecting student and staff privacy and medical information. Policy considerations are in place to protect the identity of individuals including protecting minors from being physically ostracized or psychologically harmed by being identified and minimizing disruptions at schools. Schools promptly notify affected individuals directly — staff, families and/or service providers — about positive (or in some cases potentially positive) cases as appropriate. 

In some situations, cases are reported to the Department by an individual, pending documentation of the positive result. This does not stop HIDOE's response, and notification may go out to the school community out of an abundance of caution before the confirmation is received. Cases currently being investigated are not included in the count and will be reported in the following weeks when the Department receives one of three official documentation options: lab results, doctor’s note or DOH confirmation. 

Cases involving individuals who were not on campus for an extended period of time and where interaction occurred outside, it was determined that professional cleaning and disinfection efforts were not needed and handled at the school level.


Cases for the week of Oct. 17-23, 2020

Case counts this week are higher than normal due to the outbreak on Lanai and its impact on Lanai High & Elementary School (LHES). The school-related cases are reflected below under the Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area total and only includes LHES; no other schools in the complex area have reported cases this week. As of 5 p.m., Oct. 23, there are 15 students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19; there are no staff cases at this time. 

LHES is taking the necessary precautions including notifying potential close contacts and relaying information about the cases to DOH. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, out of an abundance of caution before any cases related to the school were confirmed, LHES informed the school community that it would transition to full distance learning for all students, effective Thursday, Oct. 22, until further notice.

Date Case Confirmed

​Complex Area

​Case Count

​HIDOE Response

​Notification to impacted community

​Cleaning and disinfection completed

Oahu


Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani 

Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt ​
​10/20
​Student
1​

Aiea-Moanalua-Radford

Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua 
​10/22
​Student
​1



Campbell-Kapolei

Pearl City-Waipahu 

Nanakuli-Waianae
​10/23
​Employee
​1


​10/17
Student
​1



Castle-Kahuku

Kailua-Kalaheo​

Maui​ ​


Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui

Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai
10/23
​Students
​15


​Kauai​ ​ ​


​Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea

​Hawaii​


Hilo-Waiakea

Kau-Keaau-Pahoa​
​10/22
​Employee
​1
​-


Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena


Visitors and service providers:

Date Case Confirmed
​Complex Area
Case Count
Notification to impacted community
Cleaning and disinfection completed
​10/22
​Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua

Visitor (same household as student case reported in LMW section above)
​1
​-


Off-campus cases:

Confirmed student and employee cases where there was no exposure on campus or the individual has not been on the premises for two weeks or longer prior to diagnosis. In some of these cases notification was sent to staff and parents out of an abundance of caution. This section only includes cases that have been reported to the Department.

Date Case Confirmed
Complex Area ​
Case Count​
​10/23
​Campbell-Kapolei 

Student (not on campus this year)
1​
10/20​
​Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani

Student (not on campus this year)
​1
10/20​
​Campbell-Kapolei

Employee (last on campus 10/2)
​1
10/18​
​Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani

Student (last on campus 10/2)
​1
10/17
​Castle-Kahuku

Employee (last on campus 10/2)
​1


Total cases: 26 (five cases with no HIDOE facility impact)

HIDOE cumulative statewide total to-date (June 26-Oct. 23, 2020): 173
(24 with no HIDOE facility impact, tracked starting Sept. 12, 2020)


Cases confirmed after the final weekly counts are published are included in the following week’s total, which is why some confirmation dates fall outside of the period noted above. 

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