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COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
September 22, 2020
Washington, DC—Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. HST, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) will be hosting a Facebook Live virtual town hall event from Washington, D.C. She will discuss what still needs to be done to improve Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 testing and tracing operations and the outbreak at Hilo’s Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home that has claimed the lives of 24 veterans.
A culture of complacency among staff at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo was a major contributor to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the facility. That’s according to a new report on the outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 25 veterans as of today and infected another 79 residents and staff.
The latest report on the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home reveals a nursing home culture where staff was reluctant to force residents to do anything they didn’t want to.
September 21, 2020 Press Release
Honolulu, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement following the release of assessment reports from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency examining the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home in Hilo:
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