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Eleni Avendaño

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Tracking App Picks Up Speed Courtesy AlohaSafe Alert

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Tracking App Picks Up Speed

About 87,000 people have signed up in less than a week.

Other States Have Opened Vaccinations To Those As Young As 65. Why Not Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other States Have Opened Vaccinations To Those As Young As 65. Why Not Hawaii?

Some argue the state should prioritize the most vulnerable before vaccinating a long list of essential workers.

More Contagious UK Variant Of COVID-19 May Have Been Found In Hawaii Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

More Contagious UK Variant Of COVID-19 May Have Been Found In Hawaii

Further testing will determine by Friday if it’s the U.K. variant, whose prevalence could make it harder to achieve herd immunity.

Some Expectant Mothers In Hawaii Are Steering Clear Of Hospitals During the Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Expectant Mothers In Hawaii Are Steering Clear Of Hospitals During the Pandemic

Midwives say they’ve been so busy that they’ve sometimes had to turn away clients.

State Health Department Is Mum On Former Epidemiologist’s Departure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Health Department Is Mum On Former Epidemiologist’s Departure

The department says that Dr. Sarah Park, criticized for her leadership during the pandemic, left the department the last day of 2020.

COVID-19 Variant Linked To California Outbreaks Found In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Variant Linked To California Outbreaks Found In Hawaii

The new variant may be more transmissible, but more research is needed to confirm that.

Hawaii Labs On The Lookout For More Contagious COVID-19 Variants Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Hawaii Labs On The Lookout For More Contagious COVID-19 Variants

The mutations found in other U.S. states have not appeared yet in the islands but officials say it’s just a matter of time.

Getting Consent From Seniors Poses Barrier To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Getting Consent From Seniors Poses Barrier To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The elderly are most at risk, but for those with dementia, getting consent can be complicated.