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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.

Is COVID-19 Spreading Because People Have Gotten Tired Of Restrictions? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Is COVID-19 Spreading Because People Have Gotten Tired Of Restrictions?

Economists who track how people move about in their daily lives say government restrictions appear to be necessary to control the spread of the virus.

House COVID-19 Committee: ‘We Really Do Need Data’ To Get The Virus Under Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House COVID-19 Committee: ‘We Really Do Need Data’ To Get The Virus Under Control

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.

This Whistleblower Exposed The Health Department’s COVID-19 Shortcomings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Whistleblower Exposed The Health Department’s COVID-19 Shortcomings

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.

Controversial State Health Official Ousted From Leading Virus Tracing Effort Courtesy of Governor's Office

Controversial State Health Official Ousted From Leading Virus Tracing Effort

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.

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Contact Tracing Effort Falls Short Of National Standards

The state Department of Health is trying to hire new staff to address a shortage as the virus spreads.

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It?

Available data suggests Oahu should impose stricter measures, according to the state’s plan.