Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Information

UPDATED MONDAY, April 4, 2022

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE EVENT I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR ARE FEELING ILL? 

If a member of the HPU community, student, faculty, or staff, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to it or is feeling ill, the individual should immediately contact our Safety and Security Manager Chris Martin, 808-236-3597 or safety@hpu.edu


Any time you are not feeling well and, especially when you have known-COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home until you feel better and consult with a medical provider. 

 

STATE OF HAWAII-CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU INFORMATION 

What are the latest City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii mandates in the attempt to combat the transmission of COVID-19?  

COVID-19-related government orders for the State of Hawai‘i are posted here and for the City & County of Honolulu are posted here.  

 

COVID-19 RESOURCE SITES 

One Oahu: City & County of Honolulu COVID-19 Information 

Hawai‘i State Department of Health: COVID-19 Updates 

Hawai‘i State Department of Health Travel and Visitor Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

World Health Organization 

General Health Services Resource Information is posted here.  

 

Recent COVID-related Messages:

MARCH 18, 2022 

E-MAIL TO STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF 

UPDATE ON MASK WEARING AT HPU EFFECTIVE MARCH 26  

As you may be aware, Governor Ige announced the State of Hawai‘i COVID emergency orders would expire on March 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., and wearing of masks will no longer be required indoors in Hawai‘i. The Governor’s decision is a great step forward as a result of reduced COVID-case counts and the downward trend of COVID hospitalizations in the state.  Due to our much-improved COVID health and safety conditions and our community’s collective attempt to live with the virus and return to a more normal state, Hawai‘i will no longer require wearing masks indoors.  

We will continue to keep in step with evolving local and national conditions and with local, state and federal-level guidance and policies. Our senior leadership has consulted with leaders in the state and local community and also with our faculty, staff and student leaders. This all has informed our decision now to change HPU’s mask policy for the duration of the spring semester as follows: 

  • Beginning SATURDAY, MARCH 26, HPU WILL NO LONGER MANDATE THAT MASKS BE WORN IN MOST INDOOR SETTINGS BUT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THEIR USE. However, in keeping with federal guidelines, HPU WILL STILL REQUIRE WEARING MASKS IN THE HEALTH CENTER AND ON THE HPU SHUTTLE BUSES. 
  • INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTORS MAY SET POLICIES REQUIRING STUDENTS TO WEAR MASKS IN THEIR CLASSROOMS, LABORATORIES, OR OFFICES. Students are expected to show faculty aloha and must comply with this request. 
  • STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS MAY REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO WEAR MASKS AT MEETINGS OR OTHER EVENTS. Attendees and participants are expected to demonstrate aloha to one another and comply with these requests. 
  • THE REQUIREMENT TO WEAR MASKS AT LARGE UNIVERSITY EVENTS, SUCH AS THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, WILL BE EVALUATED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS based on current community and campus conditions. 
  •  All HPU community members are expected to be pono with COVID precautions and HAVE MASKS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES IN CASE THEY ARE REQUIRED. 
  • HPU community members MAY CHOOSE TO WEAR MASKS INDOORS AND OUTDOORS, EVEN IF IT IS NOT REQUIRED. Likewise, HPU community members are EXPECTED TO SHOW EACH OTHER ALOHA BY SUPPORTING THIS PERSONAL CHOICE.         

HPU’s decision not to require wearing face masks indoors on campus will remain in effect for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year unless COVID cases should start trending up. Over the summer, the University will continue to monitor guidance from local, state, and federal officials and, if needed, propose adjustments to our campus policies in response to any changing conditions.  

The last two years since the start of the pandemic have certainly been unprecedented, and as I think back to spring 2020, I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to stand with all of you as a member of the HPU ‘ohana. Through cooperation and collaboration, we work toward a common goal to ensure our university continues to be a healthy and safe place. 

 

MARCH 3, 2022 

E-MAIL TO STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF 

UPDATED PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS  

  

We write to share some important updates to our campus policies on COVID-19.  As we have throughout the pandemic, we remain in sync with State and City/County requirements, and we are informed by leading health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. 

As state and local restrictions will shortly begin to ease, please note the following: 

 
MASKS 

We will continue to wear masks indoors for the foreseeable future as required by the State of Hawai‘i.  

 
WHEN TO STAY HOME 

Any time you are not feeling well and, especially when you have known-COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until you feel better and consult with a medical provider.  

 
VACCINATION AND TESTING POLICY      

For students: HPU will end its vaccination/testing requirements on March 26 (the date the State of Hawai‘i ends its policies regarding vaccination and testing of employees), so that we can effectively manage the return of students from Spring Break travel, continuing our diligence to monitor the influx of those who will have engaged in trans-Pacific travel. Students who participate in the Surveillance Testing Program will receive more details from Dean of Students Marites McKee.  

The new policy will not apply to HPU Athletics and to individuals who may be required to continue with proof of up-to-date vaccinations or testing for clinical placements or internships. HPU will only provide testing through the Student Health Services Office at ATM. 

For campus visitors and at HPU events:  HPU will end its proof-of-vaccination and testing requirements when the City lifts its mandate on gatherings on March 6. 

For employees: HPU will drop its vaccination and testing requirements as of March 6. There may be certain employees who remain subject to vaccination and testing requirements, including those in Athletics and clinical placements.  

  

TEMPERATURE SCANNERS AND DAILY HEALTH SURVEY 

Campus wide temperature scanners will be removed on March 7. The daily online health survey will be discontinued on March 26. 

  

GREEN BADGES 

Green badges will no longer be required for admission to classrooms or other campus facilities, and the daily roster of students who have completed the screening process will be removed from the my.hpu.edu portal. 

  

REPORTING TRAVEL 

Employees no longer need to report domestic transpacific travel to Bernard Chong in the Office of International Students and Scholars. 

  

REPORTING POSITIVE CASES/SYMPTOMS 

If you test positive for COVID, please continue to notify HPU Security at 808-236-3597. 

  

WHAT’S NEXT? 

We will remain prepared to reinstitute protocols should pandemic conditions warrant. I want to commend the entire HPU ‘ohana, once again, for your focus, cooperation and, especially, for your Aloha throughout the pandemic. I hope that we will move forward carefully and with concern for each other. 

  

Mahalo, and best wishes as we head toward a well-earned spring break.