President Biden has issued several Executive Orders regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find the Biden-Harris administration’s recently promulgated strategy on COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparation here:
In December of 2020, the State of Hawaii begin implementing “Operation Warp Speed” to distribute the first of the FDA (emergency use approved) COVID-19 vaccines to citizens based on the priorities in the CDC guidelines.
You can get the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine plan for Hawaii here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/.
Federal agencies are requested to complete a data survey to identify their essential worker/first responder populations, and help the State of Hawaii prioritize these personnel for vaccine allocation. The survey link:
On August 24, 2020, the State of Hawaii Department of Health provided a much improved COVID-19 tracking dashboard for the state. Numbers are updated weekly and you can view it here (best viewed in full screen mode):
On June 12, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated travel considerations for the public.
You can find the guidelines here:
May 28, 2020: Summary of Updated Guidance from OPM for federal agencies and workforce as COVID-19 restrictions are eased and agencies work to re-constitute local operations. Links are here:
May 14, 2020: Mayor of Honolulu issues updated order requiring all individuals anywhere in the City to shelter in
place-that is, stay at home and work from home-except for certain essential activities and
work to provide essential business, designated businesses and operations, and government
services; or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order
is effective on May 13, 2020, and will continue through June 30, 2020, subject to limited
exceptions set forth in the order. You can download the updated order here:
Thrift Savings Plan announces temporary loan and withdrawal actions for participants affected by COVID-19: The CARES Act allows TSP to offer temporary loan and withdrawal options to TSP participants affected by COVID-19. TSP recently announced that the loan options described will be available no later than June 22, 2020, and that the withdrawal options will be available in mid-July 2020. Both the loan and withdrawal options are available to participants that can certify they meet specific criteria. Details here: https://www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/Content/index.html#CARESupdate
Hawaii continues to deal with the widespread economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal agencies and employees should seek guidance from their agency leadership.
Listed below are federal landing pages for COVID-19, followed by other federal, state and assorted official sources on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Official US Government COVID-19 Landing Pages:
Social media accounts to follow/share include:
April 20, 2020: OMB Publishes Memo “Aligning Federal Agency Operations with the National Guidelines for Opening Up America Again” The memo is available at this link: White House -Aligning Federal Agency Operations with the National Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
April 16, 2020: Guidelines Opening Up America Again – Issued to United States Governors – download a copy here: Guidelines – Opening-Up-America-Again
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum Guidance – 2020 (includes general agency and workforce guidance for COVID-19):
Office of Personnel Management COVID-19 Guidance Page (memos and FAQ for agencies and HR):
State of Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 page (case counts updated daily):
State of Hawaii Department of Education HIDOE COVID-19 Information and Updates:
Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center – COVID-19 Global Cases (GIS Based):
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) – Independent Research Based at the University of Washington – Includes COVID-19 health impacts models by state and for whole of United States:
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