Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has opened a coronavirus Central Command Post near the Edith Kanakaole stadium in an effort to get better communication between county, state and federal agencies.

The purpose of the center is also to “expand operations to combat the spread of Covid-19 in Hawaii County,” according to a press release.

The county announced that staff will use Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale as a site for the center. It’s a building next to the site of the Merry Monarch Festival.

The center is planned to house staff from county and state agencies that work in public education, enforcement, contact tracing, passenger monitoring, quarantine facilities, hospitalization and care facilities, according to a press release.

The governor’s office and state Department of Health will also be included in the center’s operations, Kim said in a statement.

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