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Kokua Council Wants Court To Order DOH To Hire Contact Tracers Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Kokua Council Wants Court To Order DOH To Hire Contact Tracers

A community organizations has petitioned the Hawaii Supreme Court to order the state health department to hire more contact tracers.

Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues

After revealing flaws in the state’s contact tracing program, Jennifer Smith, a state DOH case investigator, was put on leave on Friday.

‘We With Sarah!’ Co-Workers Defend Embattled Epidemiologist

‘We With Sarah!’ Co-Workers Defend Embattled Epidemiologist

Campaign buttons, poster bear catchy slogans supporting Dr. Sarah Park.

More Health Department Drama: New Contact Tracing Head Asks For Leave Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Health Department Drama: New Contact Tracing Head Asks For Leave

Announced with fanfare by Gov. David Ige last month, Emily Roberson says she is frustrated with trying to do her job and says leadership needs to make clear the chain of command.

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

With no end in sight to the shutdown of tourism, dozens of companies have filed letters with labor officials outlining job cuts and extended furloughs.

Hawaii’s ‘2 Most Critical Weeks’: House Committee Seeks Strong State Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s ‘2 Most Critical Weeks’: House Committee Seeks Strong State Action

A House special committee wants immediate attention to recommendations on efforts that need to happen soon to pull the state out of the coronavirus crisis.

Even The Auditor Can’t Get Contact Tracing Info From Hawaii DOH Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Even The Auditor Can’t Get Contact Tracing Info From Hawaii DOH

The State Auditor says it got no cooperation when it tried to get to the bottom of the Health Department’s methods for identifying how COVID-19 spreads.

Hawaii Is Ramping Up Its Virus Tracing Program. The Health Director Says It’s Too Late Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Ramping Up Its Virus Tracing Program. The Health Director Says It’s Too Late

Official says COVID-19 is now so out of control that contact tracing will no longer do much good to contain the current spike.

California Congresswoman Wants Answers On Hawaii’s Virus Response Effort Cory Lum/Civil Beat

California Congresswoman Wants Answers On Hawaii’s Virus Response Effort

The chairwoman of a congressional subcommittee on health wants to know details about how the state spent $50 million in CARES Act money aimed at testing and tracing.