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Is Hawaii Learning To Live With The Coronavirus? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Learning To Live With The Coronavirus?

Message fatigue has become a real concern as Hawaii officials gear up public service announcements reminding people they need to wear masks, wash their hands and stay away from each other.

Waikiki Councilman Raises Late Objection To State’s Pre-Travel Test Plans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waikiki Councilman Raises Late Objection To State’s Pre-Travel Test Plans

Honolulu City Councilman Tommy Waters now wants two tests for arriving passengers. His proposed resolution is upsetting his Waikiki tourism industry constituents.

Hawaii Continues To Line Up Pre-Travel Test Options Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Continues To Line Up Pre-Travel Test Options

Hawaii’s COVID-19 liaison, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, said the state will unveil more details next week.

Hawaii Businesses Are Dying. Is Government Helping Or Hurting? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Businesses Are Dying. Is Government Helping Or Hurting?

Many local businesses have cut back or closed, putting tens of thousands out of work. Economists say don’t expect a turnaround until at least the middle of next year.

Fast, Frequent And Cheap COVID-19 Tests Hold Promise For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fast, Frequent And Cheap COVID-19 Tests Hold Promise For Hawaii

Some experts agree that rapid tests could be a useful tool to fight the spread of coronavirus but caution they’re not a panacea for all situations.

3 Local Companies Receive State Grants To Produce PPE Jonathan Hilts

3 Local Companies Receive State Grants To Produce PPE

A $10 million program funded with CARES Act money is meant to ensure Hawaii has a local supply of protective gear.

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower?

Putting a worker on paid leave soon after she blew the whistle can be enough to establish a case under Hawaii’s law. But legal elements can be hard to prove.

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Researchers are starting to get more data on just how the extended closure of Hawaii’s tourism industry has impacted the economy.

Health Dept Whistleblower Speaks Out About ‘Toxic Management Culture’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Dept Whistleblower Speaks Out About ‘Toxic Management Culture’

Jennifer Smith was placed on paid leave weeks after her revelations about the Department of Health led to the director and the state epidemiologist being replaced.