Kaua‘i 2020 Census reporting falling behind

LIHU‘E — Only 19.8% of households in Kaua‘i have responded to the 2020 Census since it opened last month. That’s almost two times less than the national average of 38.4%, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Anahola market open

ANAHOLA — Are there any others? Michelle Bonilla wanted to know, as she accepted her bag of fresh produce from the gloved hands of farmer Watchara Meephol in the shadow of the Kalalea mountains in Anahola, where the Kalalea Anahola Farmers Hui debuted the Saturday version of its traditional Sunday market on March 22.

Registration, licensing closed

LIHU‘E — Public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and Drivers’ License Division will be closed through April 30, according to a Wednesday County of Kauai announcement.

Kaua‘i COVID-19 Q&A

Editor’s Note: Questions about stay-at-home orders can be submitted to tinyurl.com/TFIQ-A and The Garden Island staff will do our best to find you an answer. We will continue to share answers throughout the week. Contact the Hawai‘i Department of Health or your physician for official COVID-19 symptoms and steps to take if you think you have the virus.

Apply for financial help

LIHUE– Today, is the day to apply for the (HAP) Ho‘ala Assistance Program. At 9 a.m., it will go live on the (CFNHA) Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Facebook page. The program is offering financial help to families in need during this pandemic.

Kaua‘i High School salvages prom

LIHU‘E — Saturday was supposed to be the Kaua‘i High School prom, said Divina Plowman, the Kaua‘i High School Student Activities Coordinator.

Kilauea food pick up for families with keiki, today

KILAUEA — Families with children that have been impacted by the ongoing battle against COVID-19, and the weekend storm are encouraged to drive through Common Ground at 4900 Kuawa Road in Kilauea to pick up free bags of produce.

No new cases on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i officials confirmed Wednesday that no new COVID-19 cases have been reported since March 29 on the island, though the number of cases statewide continues to climb.

‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

NEW YORK — New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.

Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own.

Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close

CARROLLTON, Ala. — As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide.

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A senior Saudi official Wednesday urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year — comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic priorities – thinking ahead

While our first priority is personal health and then the economic realities of today, we must also at some point soon talk about what comes tomorrow.