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September 8, 2020 In The News

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

 
A state Department of Health case investigator who exposed flaws in Hawaii’s COVID-19 contact tracing program has been placed on paid leave.

September 8, 2020 In The News

Whistleblower at the Department of Health and case investigator Jennifer Smith says that she was placed on leave. She was the first to sound the alarm on the the state's understaffed COVID-19 contact tracing program. A health department spokesperson confi [sic]

 
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.

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.”

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.
September 3, 2020 In The News
NOTE: The article contains embeded video of an interview with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
 
Dr. Sarah Park, the state’s embattled epidemiologist, has taken a leave of absence, the state Health Department confirmed Thursday night.

In a statement, the department said:

September 3, 2020 In The News

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently hosted a tele-town hall meeting to update Hawai‘i residents about COVID-19.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently hosted a tele-town hall meeting to update Hawai‘i residents about COVID-19, with epidemiologist Dr. DeWolfe Miller, and Dr. Scott Miscovich who has been at the forefront of testing efforts across the state.

September 2, 2020 In The News
The Department of Health (DOH) introduced Dr. Emily Roberson in August as the new Disease Investigation Branch Chief to take over contact tracing, but now she is on leave.

We’re told that frustration led to Dr. Roberson stepping aside until the chain of command can be figured out.

September 1, 2020 In The News

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.


In June, Flora LaMontagne watched The Kahala Hotel and Resort’s reawakening.

August 31, 2020 In The News

The Hawaii health and public safety directors are the latest in a series of departures.

 
State Health Director Bruce Anderson and Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda, the embattled directors of the state health department and prison system, are leaving Gov. David Ige’s Cabinet, officials announced Monday.
 

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