Hawaii Health Department Health Department Has New Contact Tracing Plan, But Will It Be Enough? By Ashley Mizuo • Sep 15, 2020 Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center The state Department of Health has redesigned its contact tracing program with a new leader to adapt to the surge in COVID-19 cases. It's too soon to tell if the changes will be enough to contain the virus but the program will be closely watched. Health Department Scales Up Contact Tracing Efforts By Ashley Mizuo • Aug 20, 2020 Ashley Mizuo After mounting criticism, the state Department of health has scaled up its contact tracing efforts. It includes a streamlined process with new protocols in the contact tracing method. Honolulu Mayor's $2M Plan To Buy COVID-19 Tests On Hold After Criticism From Health Director By Ashley Mizuo • Apr 24, 2020 Cory Lum/Civil Beat The city placed Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan to purchase $2 million worth of COVID-19 tests on hold after state Health Director Bruce Anderson wrote a letter criticizing the decision. Hawaii Updates: Public Access Room Closes, Canada Visitor Tests Positive, Leahi Limits Visits By HPR News Staff • Mar 11, 2020 Darko Stojanovic/Pixabay See the latest updates for 3/12/2020. The news on the Hawaii front of the coronavirus battle is swiftly changing. Here are live updates on local health, economic and societal impacts from the spread of COVID-19. Hawaii Given Green Light To Set Up Local Coronavirus Testing By Ashley Mizuo • Feb 27, 2020 Associated Press Updated 2/27/20 5:45 p.m. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given Hawaii the go-ahead to start preparing for coronavirus testing locally, a process that could begin as early as next week.