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The Conversation

Contact tracers are trying to reach as many people as possible during this COVID case surge

A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

As the state hit 1,500 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, The Conversation checked in with the Hawaiʻi Department of Health contact tracing team. Chantelle “Tellie” Matagi is a contact tracer working with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. She shared how the state is keeping up with what seems like "Mission: Impossible."

For information about testing and vaccinations, head to hawaiicovid19.com. This interview aired on The Conversation on Dec. 23, 2021. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

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