The blue-ribbon committee of lawmakers and community leaders is pushing for state health officials to release more information and provide more effective public communication.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Honolulu Dr. Scott Miscovich lauded the virologist for revealing the lack of contact tracers to combat the crisis in Hawaii.
With cases spiraling out of control, State Epidemiologist Sarah Park has been replaced as head of Hawaii’s contact tracing program. Danette Wong Tomiyasu is taking over.
The state Department of Health is trying to hire new staff to address a shortage as the virus spreads.
Available data suggests Oahu should impose stricter measures, according to the state’s plan.
State and local officials who warned months ago that the state needed more contact tracers are frustrated and angry with the state health department.
Amid surging cases and widespread dissatisfaction with Gov. David Ige’s plans for schools and tourism, doctors and economists want ramped-up testing.
House Speaker Scott Saiki says he is concerned that the state Department of Health is refusing to release the kind of information people need to make good decisions.
Billions in federal relief dollars run out this week while community and political leaders work to soften a second possibly worse blow at the end of the year.