State sets vaccine thresholds for lifting travel quarantine

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige said Friday that the state will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 requirement for travelers once 70% of the state’s population has been vaccinated against the disease. Hawaii will also lift its requirement that people wear masks indoors once that level has been reached, he said.

Biden touts new incentives in July 4 vaccination push

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, facing a self-imposed July 4 deadline to have 70% of U.S. adults at least partly vaccinated against the coronavirus, tried Wednesday to rally the nation to meet that goal, announcing an offer of free child care for parents and caregivers while they receive their shots and a national canvassing effort resembling a get-out-the-vote drive.

COVID-19 case count nears 3,000

The Big Island reported 63 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, most of which were reported by the Department of Public Safety Saturday among inmates at Hawaii Community Correctional Center. With the new cases, the island’s total case count now stands at 2,949.