Looking Back: Pandemic takes hold

  • Wendy Nishihara, RN administers COVID vaccine to Respiratory Therapy Supervisor Lynn Reinert Dec. 23. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Premier Medical RN Robin Nakayama prepares tests to be sent to the lab in October at a drive-up COVID-19 testing at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Trans-Pacific passengers wait in line to get their COVID rapid test in October at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Premier Medical personnel perform COVID-19 Rapid Tests on trans-Pacific passengers on Oct. 16 at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • An airport employee, right, helps a traveler access the Safe Travels information on his phone after arriving at Hilo International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Safe Travels allows airport employees to see a passenger's result from the pre-travel COVID-19 test. Photo by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald

  • Sumiko Yamamoto takes a photo with her children at her 100th birthday celebration in August at Life Care Center of Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The National Guard distributes food at The Food Basket's Ohana Food Drop in November at Kekuaokalani Gym. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • National Guardsmen distribute food at The Food Basket's Ohana Food Drop in November at Kekuaokalani Gym. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The North Kohala community came out to celebrate Kohala High School’s Class of 2020 during a special celebration held May 23 in Kapaau. (Anna Pacheco/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A Kealakehe High School graduate is joined by his family during a May drive-through ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Recreation director Stacyn Sakuma waves alongside Susumu Nakagawa and Kozo Hirayama during a parade in front of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home for Memorial Day on May 22. (Photo by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Toni Symons gets a COVID-19 test from Robin Nakayama, RN, in October at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

When the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, few knew what the first year of the new decade would bring.