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Posted on: August 26, 2020

County continues to support MDHO and Hawaii National Guard in expanding contact tracing capacity

The County of Maui continues to support the Maui District Health Office (MDHO) and Hawaii National Guard in expanding its contact tracing capacity for COVID-19 cases in Maui County.

MDHO is partnering with the University of Hawaii Maui College, which will be providing its auditorium, two offices and parking spaces for contact tracing personnel and operations. The college also will be providing phones and computers to investigators, along with access to the facilities on holidays and weekends.

Currently, MDHO has 24 staff and public health nurses to conduct contact tracing. Hawaii National Guard has provided an additional 28 personnel to assist with investigations and have made over 700 calls in the past week.

About a dozen contracted workers trained through UH system will also join the group beginning in early September.

“We continue to support the Maui District Health Office and Dr. Lorrin Pang in their tireless efforts to keep our community safe,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Dr. Pang’s staff have done a tremendous job contact tracing and investigating cases throughout Maui County. We also are grateful to Task Force Maui Commander Col. Tyson Tahara and all our Hawaii National Guardsmen for their service to our community.”

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