Anderson and Park have been the subject of considerable public criticism for the way they have handled Hawaii’s coronavirus response, including the state’s testing and tracing efforts which critics have complained have fallen far short of what’s needed.
Okubo did not say why Park had decided to take the leave of absence.
DOH Deputy Director Danette Wong Tomiyasu is now leading “all disease investigation and immunization activities” under the Disease Outbreak Control Division, according to Okubo.
“The Department of Health is continuing to fully execute disease investigation and immunization activities for the state,” she said in a statement. “This includes an accelerated expansion of contact tracing capacity. All COVID-19 response activities are proceeding and continue to be reinforced by the entire Department of Health, National Guard, Counties, and federal and community partners.”
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.
Not a subscription
Civil Beat is a small nonprofit newsroom, and we’re committed to a paywall-free website and subscription-free content because we believe in journalism as a public service.
That’s why donations from readers like you are essential to our continued existence.
Help keep our journalism free for all readers by becoming a monthly member of Civil Beat today.