The Conversation: Hawaii's Health Department Director on Contact Tracing, Rising COVID Cases
Interview with State Health Director Bruce Anderson; Building a local COVID modeling system; City official under federal investigation still on the job; Possible confusion with mail-in voting; Political campaigning during a pandemic
Interview with State Health Director Bruce Anderson
State of Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson came under fire earlier this week. Lt. Gov. Josh Green believes DOH has failed to hire enough contact tracers as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to daily triple digits. Anderson addresses the criticism and the rising number of positive COVID cases across the state.
Building a local COVID modeling system
As Hawaii's COVID-19 cases surge, there is still no direction from Gov. David Ige on what should trigger the restrictions to help stop the virus, and when things can ease again. There are national statistical models, but Hawaii doesn't have one. HPR Reporter Ashley Mizuo tells us how Hawaii-based groups are addressing the issue.
City official under federal investigation still on the job
Honolulu Managing Director Roy Amemiya will continue running the daily operations of the city despite being under investigation by the FBI, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra tells us more about the mayor's reasoning. Click here to read her story at CivilBeat.org.
Possible confusion with mail-in voting
If your ballot isn't in the mail, you may want to consider dropping it off at one of the many election centers across the state. We hear from voters who dropped off their ballots in person for various reasons. And we also talk to political analyst Jerry Burris about possible confusion from the switch to all mail-in voting.
Political campaigning during a pandemic
During previous election years, you probably saw political candidates at community events, shaking hands and trying to garner votes. COVID changed all that due to social distancing rules. So how are candidates campaigning this year?