(BIVN) – The State of Hawaiʻi reported 6 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the cumulative total to 592, and also contradicted the County of Hawaiʻi by reporting three new cases on the Big Island.
On Wednesday morning, a Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense message reported, “the total number of people who tested positive for Hawaiʻi island remains at 63,” which was the same number the county reported on Tuesday. The State and the county numbers have rarely been in alignment during the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, the state reported 64 cases on Tuesday), but both the state and the county agreed there were no new cases since Monday.
Today at noon, however, the state reported an increase in Hawaiʻi island cases, bringing the official Department of Health total to 67.
The state’s joint information center even reached out to Big Island Video News to say that the number being reported by the county civil defense agency “is not accurate”.
Of the 592 total cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi, 11% have required hospitalization, and over 80% were residents returning from other areas.
Sheriff Impersonator Scam Alerts
The Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety shared this warning on a report of a sheriff impersonator and other scam alerts:
A recent Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning. On Monday, an individual called the Sheriff Division to report that he was contacted via text by someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force. The impersonator stated that the man would be arrested for inappropriate internet use unless he paid an undisclosed amount of money.
The public is reminded that Sheriffs do not call, text or email people asking for personal information or to solicit payment electronically or by phone. Hawaii residents are also advised not to provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent a law enforcement agency.
If you receive a call matching this scam please alert the Sheriff Division by calling 586-1352.
The state cited a recent FBI warning to the public about an increase in similar online extortion scams during the current “stay at home” orders due to the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the FBI public service announcement: online extortion schemes vary, but there are a few common indicators of the scam.
- The online extortion attempt comes as an e-mail from an unknown party and, many times, will be written in broken English with grammatical errors.
- The recipient’s personal information is noted in the e-mail or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the scam. For example, the recipient’s user name or password is provided at the beginning of the e-mail or letter.
- The recipient is accused of visiting adult websites, cheating on a spouse, or being involved in other compromising situations.
- The e-mail or letter includes a statement like, “I had a serious spyware and adware infect your computer,” or “I have a recorded video of you” as an explanation of how the information was allegedly gathered.
- The e-mail or letter threatens to send a video or other compromising information to family, friends, coworkers, or social network contacts if a ransom is not paid.
- The recipient is instructed to pay the ransom in Bitcoin, a virtual currency that provides a high degree of anonymity to the transactions.
FBI’s TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
- Do not open e-mails or attachments from unknown individuals.
- Do not communicate with unsolicited e-mail senders.
- Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos or information online or on your mobile devices.
- Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple websites.
- Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware that many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.
- Ensure security settings for social media accounts are activated and set at the highest level of protection.
Hawaii Passenger Arrivals By Air (HTA)
Yesterday, 488 people arrived in Hawaii including 139 visitors and 171 residents. During this same time last year, nearly 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors. The state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine started on March 26th for all passengers arriving in Hawaii from out of state. The quarantine order was expanded on April 1st to include interisland travelers. This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state yesterday and does not include interisland travel.