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Inslee appoints Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH new secretary of health

| Nov 17, 2020 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. “Dr. Shah brings an unrivaled expertise, knowledge and passion for public...[ Read More ]

State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy announces resignation

| Oct 14, 2020 | Washington

State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy is publicly announcing that she will be resigning her position at the Department of Health later this year. “This decision is my own, and it’s a personal one,” says Dr. Lofy. “My only definitive plan after I leave the agency is to take a...[ Read More ]

Wiesman warns that politics should not play a role in COVID-19 vaccine-planning

Emily Boerger | Sep 4, 2020 | Washington

During a weekly briefing on Wednesday, Secretary of Health John Wiesman emphasized that all COVID-19 vaccines are still in clinical trials to determine their safety and efficacy. He stressed that a vaccine must complete a full Phase III trial – where the vaccine is tested on thousands of individuals –...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Bruce Anderson, Medicaid enrollments, Jeannette Koijane

| Sep 3, 2020 | Hawaii

On August 9th, 309 new cases were reported in Hawaii – almost 50% higher than the two week average of new daily cases. The 14-day average is 230 new cases. At that lower rate of 230 cases per day, that means 1 in 16 Hawaii residents will likely contract the...[ Read More ]

California Congresswoman seeks answers about contact tracing and use of federal funds in Hawaii

Emily Boerger | Aug 24, 2020 | Hawaii

A California Congresswoman is seeking answers from Gov. David Ige after Hawaii’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Last week, US Rep. Anna Eshoo, who Chairs the Subcommittee of Health within the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Ige expressing concern about the increase in COVID-19 cases in...[ Read More ]

Hawaii to receive $3.3 million in federal funds to prevent, respond to infectious disease outbreaks

Emily Boerger | Jul 21, 2020 | Hawaii

US Senator Brian Schatz announced on Monday the Hawai’i Department of Health is set to receive $3.3 million in federal funding to respond to and prepare for infectious disease outbreaks. This includes funding to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.     The funding comes from the Epidemiology and Laboratory...[ Read More ]