Over the past few days, students and faculty have received an increase in emails from UH notifying them of COVID-19 cases on campus. 

UH Spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl confirmed that there are 11 positive cases at UH Mānoa and 13 individuals who were in close contact, one of which has recently tested positive. 

This is the first large cluster reported at UH since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Meisenzahl. 

An earlier UH news release on Mar. 1 stated that seven student residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Thursday, Feb. 25. The news release also mentioned that of the seven students who have COVID-19, six of them are studying fully online with one student attending hybrid courses. 

Health officials, who work with the Department of Health, confirmed that the student attending hybrid courses was infected after their last in-person class. It has also been confirmed that those within the cluster of cases are connected. 

Standard protocol is in effect in response to the uptick in cases and the rooms of those infected have been cleaned and disinfected. Residents of the affected building have been notified. 

More on UH’s protocol and standard procedures can be found on their news release. 

UH’s COVID-19 dashboard reports that 12 new cases have been reported in the last 14 days, the most recent of those cases being reported yesterday. One of the cases was at UH Hilo with the remainder at Mānoa

Since the beginning of the semester, UH has conducted COVID-19 surveillance testing amongst student residents and housing employees, approximately 50 people each week. 

Meisenzahl says this is a reminder that COVID-19 is still contagious and that everyone should remain vigilant. 


Esther Kim is the Editor in Chief of Ka Leo. While she is a Bachelor's of Social Work student, she has a passion for writing and wants to use journalism in conjunction with social work to progress conversations surrounding social justice and equity.