UofN Kona October 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 19th, 2020

ZERO ACTIVE CASES MONDAY – 10/19/20

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

This evening, UofN Kona is pleased to report that we now have zero active cases of COVID-19 in our staff community or student body.

All affected persons have now been cleared by the Department of Health and have been released from isolation. No persons have been hospitalized.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Harry Kim, his administration, the Department of Health, and our UofN Kona medical staff for their hard work, swift action, and ongoing support throughout these recent weeks. It is due to their vigilance, diligence, and teamwork that we have come through this without additional cases or spreading the virus further.

We continue to be vigilant and have strong safety protocols in place, including mask wearing, social distancing, and disinfecting of communal spaces. As always, the safety of our staff, students, and the residents of the Big Island remains our top priority.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 16th, 2020

No New Cases Friday – 10/16/20

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

This evening, UofN Kona is pleased again to report no new cases on Friday, October 16. We are now down to 12 active cases. All remain in isolation under close supervision. To date, no one has been hospitalized.

Our Campus Medical Team and the Department of Health have been extremely swift and vigilant in dealing with the spread of this virus, for which we are very grateful. We would like to also thank our staff and student body for their cooperation in slowing the spread and doing their part to protect the wider island community.

While we had been expecting an additional round of testing to be performed yesterday, the testing was cancelled by the Mayor’s office. We are thankful that the Mayor’s office has given permission for all individuals who tested negative to be out of quarantine, and that our campus no longer has to be on voluntary lockdown. We continue to have a heightened state of preventative measures in place to prevent any further spread and remain vigilant.

The Mayor’s office offered praise to our medical team and their commitment to completely control the spread of this virus in the University and cooperate with his initiatives to make Kona a safer place.

As always, the safety of our staff, students, and the residents of the Big Island remains our top priority.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 13th, 2020

NO NEW CASES TUESDAY

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

This evening UofN Kona is pleased again to report no new cases on Tuesday, October 13. We are now down to 18 active cases. All remain in isolation under close supervision and only minor symptoms have been reported. To date no one has been hospitalized.

We remain committed and vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, digital learning and digital meetings. We are grateful for our Campus Medical Team and the Department of Health for all the guidance as we continue to understand the science of this virus.

As an additional level of protection for our surrounding community, the Mayor’s office has asked for a second round of testing for our staff and students at the University. This testing will be accomplished on Thursday, October 15th. The safety and care of our campus and the community of the Big Island is our utmost concern.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 12th, 2020

RESULTS BACK: WIDESPREAD TESTING IDENTIFIES A TOTAL OF 9 CASES.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

In a collaborative effort to curb the spread of COVID, 955 individuals were tested on our campus this past week. All results from the widespread testing have now come back. Today we are reporting 6 new cases from the balance of the results. All these individuals had been in travel quarantine since September 24th, and continue to be in isolation.

We are encouraged by the results of the widespread testing, as a total of 9 cases from this group represents less than a 1% positive rate.

Today 10 individuals were cleared by the Department of Health and released from isolation. This brings our total active cases to 24. All individuals have mild symptoms and to date no one has been hospitalized.

The Mayor’s office has given permission for all individuals with negative results to be released from lockdown for which we are very grateful. We honor our medical team and the Department of Health, who have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We remain vigilant and committed the safety of our staff, students, and the people of Hawaii County.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 11, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 11th, 2020

RESULTS BACK: WIDESPREAD TESTING IDENTIFIES A TOTAL OF 9 CASES.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

In a collaborative effort to curb the spread of COVID, 955 individuals were tested on our campus this past week. All results from the widespread testing have now come back. Today we are reporting 6 new cases from the balance of the results. All these individuals had been in travel quarantine since September 24th, and continue to be in isolation.

We are encouraged by the results of the widespread testing, as a total of 9 cases from this group represents less than a 1% positive rate.

Today 10 individuals were cleared by the Department of Health and released from isolation. This brings our total active cases to 24. All individuals have mild symptoms and to date no one has been hospitalized.

The Mayor’s office has given permission for all individuals with negative results to be released from lockdown for which we are very grateful. We honor our medical team and the Department of Health, who have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We remain vigilant and committed the safety of our staff, students, and the people of Hawaii County.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 10th, 2020

MAYOR KIM NOTES EXEMPLARY COOPERATION OF UOFN KONA

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

West Hawaii Today reported this morning that Mayor Kim said even though the original numbers for UofN Kona were concerning, as soon as the university was informed of the cluster, it’s cooperation was exemplary.

“They had a potential of having a real problem. When we requested the quarantine, it was immediately done.” said Kim. “It is now a very controlled situation.”

In a collaborative effort to curb the spread of COVID, 955 individuals were tested on campus this past week. As of 8am this morning, two additional individuals tested positive. We are eagerly awaiting the balance of the results as they come in throughout the day. We want to thank Premier Health and Clinical Labs of Hawaii for their hard work to get us all our results as quickly as possible.

We are pleased that today the Department of Health has cleared 14 individuals and released them from isolation. This brings our total of active cases down to 28. All active cases have mild or negligible symptoms and no cases have been hospitalized to date.

We will continue to provide updates and want to thank the community for your prayer and support.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update #2


October 9th, 2020

University of the Nations Kona – Friday Late Update

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

A statement from the UofN Kona leadership to our local Kailua-Kona community has been released this evening. The campus leadership wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for all the support and prayer we have received, as well as share a message with the wider community.

For the video please go to ywamkona.org/covid-19. This week 955 individuals were tested in an initiative to curb the spread of COVID-19. We are awaiting all the results to come back, and expect them all back by tomorrow afternoon. We are thankful that all our active cases are experiencing minor symptoms. All active cases continue to be isolated. To date, no individuals have been hospitalized. We continue to cooperate fully with the Department of Health. As always, the safety of our staff, students, and the Kona community remain our highest priority.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update


UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA || YWAM KONA

October 8th, 2020

Media Contact:

Johnny Gillespie +1 808 345 4117

mediarelations@uofnkona.edu

 

University of the Nations Kona Completes Testing for All

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy,

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

As of 2:00 PM today, all Staff and Students have completed COVID-19 testing by the

Department of Health (DOH). This was initiated by Mayor Harry Kim’s Office and UofN Kona

Leadership as a safety measure to protect the Kona Community.

There were 463 tests completed today – this number combined with Tuesday testing totals 955

individuals. We are awaiting the full results of this testing.

Three positive cases have been reported, all of which have already been in quarantine for six

days when identified through previous contact tracing.

We are also pleased to announce two more individuals have been released from quarantine by

DOH. All those that have tested positive are reporting good health and recovering well. We

appreciate the outpouring of prayers and concern for our community.

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COVID 19 Updates at https://ywamkona.org/covid-19/

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA

University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline

workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN

Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and

society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing

healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona

is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and

the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

 

 

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UofN Kona October 8, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 8th, 2020

University of the Nations Kona Completes Testing for All

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

As of 2:00 PM today, all Staff and Students have completed COVID-19 testing by the Department of Health (DOH). This was initiated by Mayor Harry Kim’s Office and UofN Kona Leadership as a safety measure to protect the Kona Community.

There were 463 tests completed today – this number combined with Tuesday testing totals 955 individuals. We are awaiting the full results of this testing.

Three positive cases have been reported, all of which have already been in quarantine for six days when identified through previous contact tracing.

We are also pleased to announce two more individuals have been released from quarantine by DOH. All those that have tested positive are reporting good health and recovering well. We appreciate the outpouring of prayers and concern for our community.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update #2


October 7th, 2020

Authorities Praise the Cooperation of University of the Nations Kona – No New Cases

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

No new cases were reported today Wednesday, Oct 7th while one individual was released from isolation.

UofN Kona was praised for their cooperation with authorities on yesterday’s drive through testing for campus personnel. In a collaborative effort with the Department of Health (DOH) and National Guard, 492 tests were completed.

The Hawaii District Health Office agreed in a statement to West Hawaii Today:
“Jason DelaCruz, with the Hawaii District Health Office, had commended the University’s response to the cases, adding that UofN Kona’s medical team, security, and administration had met and reviewed plans with the DOH prior to arrival of students from outside the state. ‘I think that they should be recognized for their aggressive stance in their Trans-Pacific travel for students and faculty. They had a very robust response,’ he said.”
Testing will continue on Thursday, Oct 8th when it will be expected that all remaining staff and students will have completed testing, including staff living off campus.

We wish to continue to thank the outpouring of support from our community

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update


UofN Kona October 6, 2020 COVID-19 Update #2


October 6th, 2020

University of the Nations Kona Identifies Four New Cases Already Quarantined from Contact Tracing

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Four additional people from UofN Kona, already identified through contact tracing and in quarantine, have today tested positive for COVID-19. Before testing positive, this group had already been in isolation for more than five days. All continue to be isolated, monitored, and are reporting only minor symptoms. There were no new cases reported on Sunday or Monday, October 4-5. UofN Kona continues to cooperate with government agencies in the process of testing all of our staff and students.

Today, 492 tests were completed. More testing will take place this week that includes off-campus personnel. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. The UofN Kona has lived and served in the community of Kona since 1978 and we continue to work together with authorities to ensure the public safety and well-being of the greater Kona community. UofN Kona provides free of charge, over 30,000 hours of Kona based community service a year which includes providing food, shelter, education and counseling services to the vulnerable population of Kona. UofN Kona also operates internationally through it’s compassionate Christian service all over the world.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 6, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 6th, 2020

University of the Nations Kona Tests All Staff and Students

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

UofN Kona would like to announce that in cooperation with Mayor Harry Kim and the Department of Health (DoH) we expect to test 500 staff and students today, October 6, 2020. More testing will be conducted on Thursday to ensure all off-campus personnel have also been tested.

There were no new cases on Sunday or Monday, October 4-5. UofN Kona remains closed to the public with online classes only. All campus residents (staff, students, and families) have been in voluntary self quarantine since Saturday, and off campus staff are at “Stay-at-home” level. We are committed to completing the testing process as soon as possible.

We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to Mayor Harry Kim, State Officials, and DoH for their assistance to quickly and efficiently test our entire community. We are committed to caring for our Island Ohana by collaborating closely with all authorities.

UofN Kona has lived and served in the community of Kona for 50 years and we continue to work together with authorities to ensure the public safety and wellbeing of the greater Kona community. UofN Kona provides free of charge, over 30,000 hours of Kona based community service a year. In addition to providing food, shelter, education, and counselling services to the vulnerable population of Kona, UofN Kona also operates internationally through it’s compassionate Christian service all over the world.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 5, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 5th, 2020

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) would like to confirm that no new cases have been recorded at UofN Kona in the past 2 days.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

UofN Kona would like to announce that Mayor Harry Kim has asked the Department of Health (DoH) to test all of our campus staff and students tomorrow, October 6, 2020. In addition to the safety standards we have already been operating under, we’ve taken the added step of operating at a stay-at-home level with only essential workers allowed on campus. We are working together with the DoH to review all of our safety protocols and procedures.

There were no new cases on Sunday or Monday, October 4-5. However, due to a record discrepancy over the weekend we would like to update the cases we reported on Saturday, October 3. There are 22 active cases on campus and 8 active cases off campus. All of these individuals remain in quarantine and are being closely monitored and only minor symptoms have been reported.

We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to Mayor Harry Kim, State Officials, and DoH for their assistance to quickly and efficiently test our entire community. We are committed to caring for our Island Ohana by collaborating closely with all authorities.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 4, 2020 COVID-19 Update #2


October 4th, 2020

No New Cases Reported Today

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

UofN Kona would like to confirm that ongoing testing has revealed no new cases reported on Sunday, October 4. Additionally, we are happy to report one individual has been cleared by the Department of Health (DOH) and released from Quarantine.

We continue to monitor the health and safety of all in quarantine with the utmost diligence.

UofN Kona has implemented strict operational procedures since our phased reopening over the summer. These operational procedures were submitted to and reviewed by the Department of Health in August of 2020. We continue to adhere to Mayor Harry Kim’s request for stay-at-home until the DOH confirms all appropriate procedures are in place.

None of the 16 cases reported yesterday are connected to the September Quarter student body who arrived recently. These students have remained in quarantine since their arrival, as mandated by the State.

UofN Kona leadership is in close communication with the Department of Health and local County authorities. We continue to strictly adhere to CDC guidelines including mask wearing, social distancing, and all measures to mitigate the risk of infection. We are happy to report that everyone is doing well and only minor symptoms are reported.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 4, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 4th, 2020

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community and wish to thank everyone for their kindness.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Out of the 43 cases reported yesterday on the Big Island, we can confirm that 16 of them are from UofNK in West Hawaii. We are happy to report that our frontline workers, who initially contracted the virus while serving the community, are all doing well in quarantine and only minor symptoms are reported. We continue to monitor the situation carefully in cooperation with the Department of Health.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 3rd, 2020

As of this evening, University of the Nations Kona (UofNK) has 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Four of these cases are travel related and 22 are due to the local Kona community spread. Travel related cases were tested and isolated immediately upon arrival.

Targeted contact tracing has shown UofNK staff contracted COVID-19 from the ongoing community spread in Kailua-Kona. Once aware of possible exposure, the University immediately isolated all related individuals, rapid and PCR tested, and suspended all in person activities except for essential services.

Since September, the UofNK has been operating at a Safer at Home level. All classes and operational activities have been conducted through digital platforms. Mayor Harry Kim’s Office has requested today that we increase our internal alert level to Stay at Home, with all campus residents (staff and students) voluntarily self isolating. Only essential workers such as food service and security will be allowed on campus.

DOH has been advising the Campus Medical Team since August and will conduct an additional review of UofNK quarantine measures at the request of the Mayor’s Office. This review will take place early next week between October 5th-7th. Although 80% of our campus body has already been tested, the Mayor has requested for all campus residents to be retested as a precautionary measure. We will immediately implement this next step and value the Mayor’s assistance and support.

UofNK has been operating at below 40% capacity which is well below CDC Guidelines for Universities and Colleges. We believe this increased step of self isolation in addition to our temporary suspension of activities is prudent and appropriate. We know that the virus is an unseen threat and we wish to assure our Island Community that we are treating the current rise in cases with the highest level of attention.

The University is doing everything to assist individuals in isolation and quarantine. We are happy to report everyone is doing well with minor symptoms. We want everyone on campus and our friends in Kailua-Kona to be confident of our protocols. We are committed to caring for our Island Ohana.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 2, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 2nd, 2020

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this pandemic. Here is our update as of late this afternoon October 2nd, 2020.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofNK) is continuing precautions to prevent COVID-19 cases. Preventive measures have been in place since August. These measures have enabled quick identification of cases through contact tracing, targeted testing, and the immediate isolation of individuals. With the utmost care and concern for our campus community and our Local Kona community, UofNK has suspended all in person classes and business as a precautionary measure.

All campus activities are being conducted through digital platforms and only essential workers are present on campus.

In response to this situation, UofNK members are undergoing widespread testing and we are treating this with the highest level of attention. UofNK has been serving the communities of the Big Island through delivering food, counseling services, and helping vulnerable populations within our community for the past 50 years. Some of our long term residential staff have been providing assistance in the community since the onset of the pandemic. We are taking every precaution available to protect and care for our Kupuna and other at-risk members of our Big Island Community.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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UofN Kona October 1, 2020 COVID-19 Update


October 1st, 2020

As of Oct 1, 2020, the University of the Nations Kona (UofNK) is confirming five locally contracted COVID-19 cases.

The University of the Nations Kona (UofN Kona) campus, located at 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

The Campus Medical Team and the Department of Health (DoH) are in communication and have put in place appropriate quarantine measures pre-approved by the DoH.

Throughout the pandemic, the heartbeat of YWAM has been to reach out and help those who are hurting as a result of the loss of income and family members. Staff have taken upon themselves to serve many of our local communities on the Big Island with food, counseling services, transportation, and other care at great risk to themselves. Since the arrival of COVID-19 to our island, YWAM staff have been diligent to follow DoH protocols closely as they served in the community, yet despite our best efforts some of our workers have now contracted the virus.

The University is doing everything to assist these individuals as they now battle the virus themselves. Thankfully, so far, everyone is stable and doing well. We remain in close contact with the DoH, following all State guidelines and protocols with everyone isolated and being cared for with all precautions available.

Additionally, four travel related cases have been recently detected. These earlier cases were isolated immediately, contact tracing performed, and no further spread has occurred. As an added measure of precaution, all incoming personnel before being permitted on to the campus are all rapid tested.

CDC guidelines for colleges and universities are regularly reviewed and protocols updated accordingly. UofNK operational procedures dealing with Covid-19 were submitted to the Department of Health in August of 2020. UofNK leadership has carefully followed these protocols.

The UofNK places the utmost importance on the safety and care of our Kona Community. We are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone.

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS KONA
University of the Nations, Kona (UofN Kona) specializes in Christian education and training programs for frontline workers in the nations of the earth. Pioneered in 1978, and now operating in 1,200 locations and 180 nations, UofN Kona empowers thousands of young people to be change-makers and godly influencers in all spheres of culture and society. UofN Kona equips young people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, providing healthcare, education and basic necessities to communities in need around the world. In addition to this, UofN Kona is actively engaged in Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii through community development, local outreach programs, and the foster care system – touching countless lives every year.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CAMPUS LEADERSHIP REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2020


UNK Covid-19 Protocol

The University of the Nations has implemented a number of protocols in order to maintain a healthy and virus free campus this Fall Quarter. Our COVID-19 Response Team is deeply committed to ongoing collaboration with Department of Health officials and local Hawai’i County agencies to ensure the health and safety of our campus and local West Hawai’i Community.

  1. Quarantine on Arrival

    All University of the Nations Staff, Students, and volunteers who have arrived or returned to the campus will quarantine in dorm rooms on Campus.
    * They will be COVID Tested on arrival before they enter quarantine. If a student returns a positive COVID test they are moved immediately to designated isolation rooms.
    * Our Quarantine procedures have been communicated to the Department of Health and our Security, Medical, and Operational staff are in regular contact with them.

  2. Dorm Living

    * University of the Nations Kona has limited the capacity of our dorm living to 50% or less.

  3. Internal Alert Level Awareness

    * The University has created a 4 level internal Alert Level system to help students and staff to understand current threat levels of COVID both on campus and in the community.
    * Changes in Masking expectations, symptom and temperature monitoring, and use of indoor spaces are reflected in these alert protocols.

  4. Masks

    * All University students and staff are expected to wear masks when moving between classes, dorms, cafeteria and other campus activities. Students are not required to wear masks in their dorm rooms.
    * In the case of rising Alert Levels, students and staff will be required to wear their masks at all times outside their dorm rooms 
    except while eating.

  5. Symptom Monitoring

    * During quarantine all students and staff are asked to monitor their temperatures twice per day and report any fever or other COVID symptoms to Campus Health immediately.
    * Depending on the alert level this may be reduced to once per day.

  6. Social Distancing

    * All gathering spaces and classrooms have been assessed and the maximum number of participants designated to ensure 6 foot distance between chairs. Students and staff will maintain social distancing guidelines for the duration of the Quarter.

  7. Small Groups

    * All students and staff have been asked to limit interactions with large groups and will remain within smaller groupings designated by their course leaders.

  8. Outdoor Classes

    * The majority of classes will be held outdoors with 6 feet between chairs.
    * Where space or the course material limit this, students will use indoor classrooms with 6 foot distance seating and open windows for strong airflow in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines.

  9. COVID19 symptoms

    * Any staff or students with Covid19 symptoms will communicate these immediately to Campus Health who will arrange rapid testing.
    * In the event of a COVID positive test, students or on campus staff will be moved to a designated isolation room on campus until cleared by the Department of Health.
    * Campus Staff who live off campus, will be isolated at their home and will be monitored by both Campus Health Services and the Department of health.
    * All positive individuals will regularly be monitored by the Department of Health and Campus Health Services staff.
    * All students and staff with whom the COVID positive individual had contact with will be quarantined for 14 days to ensure any potential spread is mitigated.

 

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus
July/August 2020


Aloha from University of the Nations-YWAM Kona!We’re so excited to see you very soon here in Kona, Hawaii! We’ve been praying for you for months and anticipate God working powerfully in you and through you during your time with us!

We wanted to communicate important recent changes to the vaccination laws here in Hawaii.  Beginning July 1st, 2020, there are now several Hawaii State mandated vaccinations that you must prove in order to attend schools from Preschool to University level. Please see the vaccination requirements below.

Childcare and Preschool Kindergarten to Grade 6 Grade 7-12 Students Post Secondary
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Polio (IPV) Polio (IPV) Polio (IPV)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Haemophilus influenzae type b
(Hib)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Human Papillomavirus
(HPV)

The State of Hawaii requires that the University ensure all students have the necessary vaccinations in order to attend class.  Official medical record documentation is observed.  Please find more information regarding the vaccination requirements at www.vaxtoschoolhawaii.com.

 

Hawaii Lecture Phase

We encourage you to enroll with your full schedule of childhood vaccinations completed,  in addition to the minimum required for post secondary schooling here in Hawaii.  However, if you have never had any vaccinations, you will need to arrive with the minimum vaccinations listed above.

These vaccination requirements also  apply to non-attending spouses, nannies, and children.

 

International Outreach Phase

Our campus travel clinic will additionally recommend appropriate medication and/or vaccinations for almost all international outreach locations. Students must also receive the recommended medication and/or vaccinations for the specific outreach locations they will attend.  A list of suggested travel vaccinations is in the Student Health Record in the application system.

If a student chooses not to receive additional travel medication and/or vaccinations, they must transfer to an outreach location that does not require any or only limited vaccinations.

 

Exceptions

In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, we are not able to grant religious or medical exemptions to the state’s required vaccinations. The health and safety of our students, staff, and local community is vital in this season.  If you are included in one of these groups, please contact itt@uofnkona.edu in order to discuss your options further.

 

IMPORTANT –  Next Steps

We will send out further instructions and official forms within the next two weeks.  These will require a healthcare provider’s signature, so please do not visit your healthcare provider before receiving our paperwork.

If you have questions regarding required vaccinations or anything related this process, please email campushealth@uofnkona.edu.

 

With the Warmest Aloha,
The Campus Training Team

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – June 4, 2020


Aloha ‘Ohana,

For the past two months, we have committed ourselves to protecting our Campus Ohana as well as our west Hawaii community by ensuring UofN YWAM Kona is in compliance with all CDC and government recommendations concerning COVID-19. We are grateful to report that since the global outbreak began we have had no cases on our campus. The campus continues to diligently follow social distancing and government recommendations.

As we begin the process of reopening, we will continue to work within the guidelines established in Governor Ige’s plan for reopening Hawaii and the requirements set forth by our state and local leaders. We also remain committed to implementing the recommendations of medical professionals as we have since the start of this crisis. Our primary focus is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, students, and broader Kona community as we head towards a new normal in the weeks and months ahead.

We care deeply for our West Hawaii community and are working to keep both our campus and island community safe. With that as priority, all April quarter schools and programs have been officially cancelled and July offerings will be limited. Several online courses have been developed for those affected by these changes and eligible students have been notified.

Programs previously scheduled during the July quarter are being evaluated on a case by case basis in consultation with the appropriate parties to ensure compliance with medical and governmental guidelines and statuses remain subject to change. Please email the respective school for information and details.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

Campus Leadership Team

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 20, 2020


Dear ‘Ohana,

We have been working together to protect our students, staff, volunteers and community through this unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Since we started monitoring the situation in early January, we worked diligently to ensure the safety of everyone as well as comply with all CDC and government recommendations. This situation has been global, fast moving and impacts all aspects of our lives. We want to thank you for working with us through this increasingly difficult time.

In utmost concern for our ‘Ohana, the community and everyone involved with the University, the Campus leadership has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend ALL activity on campus and have asked all remaining staff and students on campus to return home to their families. This decision was not an easy one, but with great concern for everyone’s well being and after much prayer we feel it is the right decision.

Other than staff and services critical to the operations and security of the property, all other activities will be indefinitely suspended starting March 21, 2020.

Please continue to check UofNKona.edu, and our social media sites for the most up-to-date information and when campus will resume its programs.

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our world, but we hold fervently to the promises of God in this season as we navigate these days in which information changes so quickly. We know that this decision will require all of us to work together and respond with love and concern for everyone.

Campus Leadership Team

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 19, 2020


Aloha ‘Ohana,

There have been many changes in the past few days, throughout the world, the nation and across our campus. The campus has been able to meet the challenges head-on. We have been able to recall all our teams and ensure they are all back home with their loved ones. We have also suspended present running classes and modified our program schedules. Our campus is safe and there has been no reports of any cases among our campus community.

In order to comply with the March 18th request of the Hawaii State government, and in an abundance of caution and concern for our ‘Ohana, the campus is planning to run only essential departments and have asked all remaining staff and students who have not traveled home to their families to remain in self-isolation for the next two weeks.

All remaining staff, volunteers and students are asked to remain home and limit interaction and follow CDC guidelines. The campus will set up a support system for our kupuna (elders) and those that need additional help. Please contact the switchboard if you need any help.

We are willing to help in any way needed. We see this as an opportunity for all of us to work together for the well being of the community. By praying, following the government guidelines and looking out for each other we know that we can weather this storm and emerge a stronger community.

Please stay tuned for updates.

Campus Leadership Team

If you have further questions, please contact us at campusleadership@uofnkona.edu or contact the specific school directly.

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

(Edited 3/20/2020)

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding our upcoming training programs – March 16, 2020


Aloha from YWAM Kona,

As a campus we have had an incredible start to the year in Kona and God has done amazing things. We have experienced unprecedented hunger for God in the student body, and Jesus has been touching hearts and changing lives in astounding ways. Our hearts overflow with gratitude for all that God has done, and all that he’s yet to do in our midst.

Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of all students and our community therefore the decision has been made today, Monday March 16th, to adjust all planned schools scheduled to run in the April 2020 quarter. We know this may create mixed feelings and an interruption in people’s plans. Yet we believe people will recognize the wisdom of this decision at this critical time in the world. This is a time for families to be together.

We have postponed the start of our April schools. We will be updating our YWAMKona.org website. Please watch your inbox for updated information on when classes will resume.

Classes and outreach for the January 2020 quarter have already been modified with all students returning home.

We continue to have a great sense of anticipation in our hearts for our Spring quarter students. It is at times like this that God assembles students who are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges and blessings that await. So we encourage you to continue in this journey with us and see what God will do as we trust Him together.

If you have further questions, please do contact us at campusleadership@uofnkona.edu or contact the specific school directly.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu, 1 (808) 326 7228

Video Message from Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 15, 2020


To Our Big Island & International Ohana,

This is a practical update regarding our response to COVID-19 as of March 15, 2020. Stay tuned for regular updates as we continue to respond with both hope and compassion to the current circumstances.

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UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus – March 14, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

In light of the US Government announcing a state of emergency regarding the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the campus is working diligently to have the appropriate responses. We have a dedicated team and have been monitoring the ongoing government recommendations and updated travel restrictions. Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students and our community, and we will be following and going above and beyond CDC and WHO guidelines.

As of Friday March 13th, we have made the decision to change all planned school outreach teams. We are encouraging all students and staff whose permanent residence is not Kona to return home. We recognize this is a time for families to be together and we want to honor that. We anticipate that many will want to depart over the weekend.

We have already redirected most returning students back home. Of the few that have to pass through Kona, on arrival they are immediately screened and consult with a doctor at our medical clinic. They then go into self isolation and follow all recommendations of our medical staff and governmental agencies. Arrangements will be made to help these students all return home as soon as reasonably possible.

The campus will be limiting group gathering sizes as well as continue to follow CDC safety guidelines. While there is no reported case among our student and staff, the campus is putting in place rigorous screening processes for the safety of the community. We have no reported or suspected cases among returning staff or students.

Our primary concern is for the community and we will be taking all reasonable steps to protect our O’hana. Please pray with us that the situation improves and the healing of all those affected. Pray that we overcome fear with love and courage in this time of need.

Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus – March 11, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

Our Campus continues to follow state, national and international recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To date, the Hawaii State Department of Health reports there are only two known cases in the Hawaii, these are on the island of Oahu. There are no known cases involving our students, faculty, staff, or dependents and no reports of any case on the Big Island. Presently, the immediate health risk to members of our Campus is considered low. However, in light of the rapidly changing nature of the virus and our commitment to preserve the safety of both our campus community and Island community, we may reassess this status in future.

Our Campus Response Team is working closely with the Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaii Department of Health in addressing this situation and, following their guidance, have updated our overall Emergency Response Plan and our specific CORVID-19 Incident Action Plan, setting out protocols for caring for our students, staff and dependents. We will continue to update this page with relevant information.

Our campus has taken proactive measures to protect the community. The following FAQs are guidelines put in place after consultation with medical staff and experts. These guidelines are designed to protect the community based off the recommendations and information from the Hawaii Department of Health, CDC and WHO guidelines.

All arriving students and staff will be briefed and monitored for CORVID-19 signs or symptoms, and if warranted, could be asked to stay in voluntary self-isolation until determined safe. Food, housing and medical care would be overseen by our campus medical staff.

Please continue to pray for this situation.

Paul Childers
Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus - Feb 5th, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

The University of the Nations, Kona, is aware of the present Coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak and is working closely with our medical staff to monitor the situation. We are providing this information to raise awareness and to work with the community on how best to protect our students and staff.

There are no cases in Hawaii, and the government has taken steps to minimize the spread of the virus. We are in contact with all of our overseas students and staff, and none have recently visited or travelled through Wuhan or Hubei province in China where the virus originated.

The University and our medical team is taking this situation seriously. Our first concern is the safety of our community, so we are actively monitoring the situation and have taken steps to maintain a safe and healthy campus as per the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations. Additional steps that we are taking are:

  • We are training all our staff and students on best practices to minimize risk;
  • We are in regular communication with local YWAM leaders and outreach teams; and
  • Our medical staff is aware of and will follow the CDC and Hawaiian Department of Health directives.
  • We will be providing updates through our website about this developing situation.

Please pray with us that the situation improves and the healing of all those affected, especially our brothers and sisters in Wuhan and Hubei. Pray that God’s people may be courageous and a beacon of light to those experiencing fear.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu

Sincerely,

Paul Childers
Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

For more information about the 2019-nCoV virus, visit the link below:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html