Resources & Contacts


COVID-19 Resources For Hawai‘i


COVID-19 virus

  • Plants and Agriculture
  • Food Safety
  • Food Sourcing
  • At Home
  • Human Health
  • Mental Health
  • Livestock/Animals

CTAHR COVID-19 Response Fact Sheets

Agriculture & Food Services Impact - Recent survey results shed light on the employment and revenue impacts from COVID-19.

COVID-19 does not affect plants. However, make sure you have a plan in place for caring for crops and other plants in the event that you are quaratined due to the virus or are otherwise unable to care for them yourself.

CTAHR COVID-19 Response Fact Sheets

At-Home Food Safety - Due to COVID-19, families are cooking at home more often. Practicing proper food safety at home can protect your family’s health by preventing foodborne illnesses.

CTAHR Farm Food Safety  team has several resources available on their website:

Other Resources

CTAHR COVID-19 Response Fact Sheets

Produce Price Changes in Hawaii  - The percentage change in retail prices before and during COVID-19 varies by commodity.

Household Food Security - There are many ways families can increase household food security during this time of crisis. Growing even a few plants at home, conserving resources, and sharing with neighbors can go a long way to reducing a family food budget.

Local Produce Resources - A quick and concise guide to local fruit and vegetable resources in Hawaii.

Local Protein Resources - A quick and concise guide to local protein and dairy resources in Hawaii.

CSAs in Hawaii - As consumers limit trips to stores and restaurants due to COVID-19, CSAs have gained popularity as a direct source of local produce and food products.

GoFarm Hawai‘i has put together two resources:

Hawaii DOE Food Distribution Sites - PDF listing of Department of Education food distrubtion sites in the state of Hawaii

Activate Hawai‘i Aid offers a variety of food aid and other support on Hawai‘i Island

Kōkua Harvest allows homeowners to donate excess fruit from their trees to the hungry. Those without trees can volunteer to harvest.

Organizations creating lists and clearinghouses of food providers

CTAHR COVID-19 Response Fact Sheets

Halloween Safety - With Halloween approaching, the following suggestions are provided for families and communities for a safe, socially-distanced Trick-or-Treat experience for children and adults across Hawaii!

Keiki in the Kitchen - Stay-at-home orders provide an opportunity for keiki and families to gather, learn, and grow in the kitchen together.

Meal Planning - Experts are recommending that families keep a two-week supply of non-perishable food in case of emergencies. Meal planning is a helpful strategy for food availability during this time.

Food Waste Prevention - Preventing food waste at home can reduce the need for grocery store visits and help families save money from buying less food.

Data & Information Literacy -  Learn how to locate and better understand information or data available on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educational Activities

Home and Family Resources

Financial Resources

  •   FDIC’s Receiving Economic Impact Payment Page
    The site is designed to encourage unbanked people to open a bank account without going into a bank branch, as they receive the economic impact payment. It includes a video and connection to lists of banks that allow online account opening,

CTAHR COVID-19 Response Fact Sheets

Cloth Face Masks - As the islands adjust to the ongoing pandemic, wearing face masks in public is rapidly becoming the new normal. Here’s what you should know…





Directly from the CDC website:

Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions, including problems with substance use

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Reduce stress in yourself and others:
Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful.

When you share accurate information about COVID-19, you can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them.

Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.

For parents
Children and teens react, in part, according to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include these:

  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

There are many things you can do to support your child:

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Learn more about helping children cope.

For responders:
Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:

  • Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
  • Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
  • Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
  • Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
  • Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

Learn more tips for taking care of yourself during emergency response.

For people who have been released from quarantine
Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently after coming out of quarantine. Some feelings include these:

  • Mixed emotions, including relief, after quarantine
  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
  • Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during quarantine
  • Other emotional or mental health changes

Children may also feel upset or have other strong emotions if they, or someone they know, has been released from quarantine. You can help your child cope.

At this time, COVID-19 is not known to affect pets and domestic animals. However, make sure you have a plan in place to care for pets and livestock in the event that you are quarantined due to the virus or are otherwise unable to care for the animals.