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Hawaii courthouses closed through year as result of pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Supreme Court has extended the closure of state courthouses to the public through the end of the year to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The state judiciary began postponing matters if necessary and moving proceedings online when possible after Democratic Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency in March in response the pandemic, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wed-nesday.

Judiciary operations have been modified to accommodate coronavirus regulations and allow more matters to proceed, officials said. The Hawaii courthouses will remain closed to the public through Dec. 31.

Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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