The Conversation: 2020 Hawaii Primary Election Recap

Aug 10, 2020

Big turnout and a few surprises in the primary election; Self care for physicians at Queen's Medical Center; State has a reopening and reclosing plan, but isn't following it; Job opportunities on Maui

A worker attending a drop off ballot box at Honolulu Hale
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Big turnout and a few surprises in the primary election

The general election is set for the first Tuesday of Novemeber - 12 weeks from tomorrow. Over the weekend, Hawaii's primary election saw big numbers turnout, and a few surprises. Former Honolulu Advertiser political editor Jerry Burris discusses the big takeaways from the first all-mail in voting contest.

Self care for physicians at Queen's Medical Center

Hawaii's medical community is bracing for a surge in hospitalizations for cases of COVID-19. This week we are looking to see how hospitals are helping their staff cope. When you think of rounds in a hospital setting,k you may think of a doctor checking in on the patient. Well, Queen's Medical Center has adopted something called "Schwartz Rounds." It's about self-care, a kind of psychological first air. Lara Hazenfield and Dr. Della Lin explain how they've been reaching out to caregivers in the Queen's Health Systems.

State has a reopening and reclosing plan but isn't following it

In May, the state officials rolled out a grand plan for reopening the economy, including a color-coded matrix that would be used to guide the reopening. But as COVID-19 cases rise, especially on Oahu, new restrictions have been reinstated. Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton tells us about the absence of data and metrics explaining how the policies were devised. Click here to read the story at CivilBeat.org

Screenshot of MauiCountyVirtualJobFair.com
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Job opportunities on Maui

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent unemployment rates to levels unmatched in modern history. While those filing for unemployment are high across the state, Maui County has been especially hit hard because of its concentration of hospitality jobs. However, there are jobs available, and they can be found at the Maui County Virtual Job Fair. Linda Puppolo, executive director of Maui County's Workforce Development Board, tells us about the site's creation and resources available for job seekers. Click here to visit the virtual job fair.