New COVID-19 protocols on campus

This message was sent from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Carla Ho‘ā to the UH Hilo community via email May 18, 2023.

Aloha UH Hilo Campus Community,

Carla Ho‘ā pictured.
Carla Ho‘ā

Even though COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, it remains a health risk, especially for our kūpuna, the immunocompromised, and those who are not fully vaccinated.

With the end of this public health emergency, UH Hilo will be adjusting its COVID reporting protocols so that employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms are no longer required to contact Campus Security.

Instead, if an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, they should stay home and isolate for 5 full days. If symptoms have subsided and they have had no fever for more than 24 hours, they may return to work after that but must wear a good mask (e.g., KN95 or KF94) for an additional 5 days when they are around others.

If symptoms last more than a week, the individual should see their primary care physician or health provider. It is recommended that an individual notify their primary care physician or health care provider sooner if there are any underlying conditions that may lead to complications.

Additional guidance may be found at:

Mahalo, and have a wonderful summer.

Carla Ho‘ā
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs