Hawai‘i Island Updates

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September 8, 2020 In The News
NOTE: Video of segment included at khon2.com, includes statement from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Another shakeup at the Department of Health, as KHON2 has learned Tuesday that the DOH whistleblower who brought to light the state’s contact tracing program was understaffed, is now on leave.

Dr. Jennifer Smith went public back in August about the state’s understaffed contact tracing program at the DOH. The Department confirmed her absence Tuesday night but refused to give other details.

September 8, 2020 Page

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 8, 2020
September 4, 2020 In The News

Hawai’i’s congressional delegation called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse and suspend further changes to the US Postal Service’s operations, which they say have caused “widespread service delays.”

In a letter sent to the postmaster on Thursday, Hawai’i’s congressional delegation emphasized the state’s dependence on the postal service for prompt deliveries of food, medicine and other goods.

September 4, 2020 Page

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 4, 2020
September 4, 2020 In The News
Representative Tulsi Gabbard issued a statement saying she is “cautiously optimistic” after it was revealed that Dr. Sarah Park would be taking a leave of absence from her role as Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) Chief Epidemiologist.

In the statement, Gabbard expressed her hopes for improved leadership within the DOH and more efficient contact tracing efforts.


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