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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green Banned From State’s Virus Response Effort

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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green Banned From State’s Virus Response Effort

One of the most prominent public officials in Hawaii with medical expertise on the coronavirus has been ostracized by the Ige administration.

Several sources with direct knowledge of the state’s response to COVID-19 say Gov. David Ige has ordered his Cabinet officials and others to not consult Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who is a medical doctor.

He has also been told to leave press conferences involving the governor and the Hawaii Department of Health.

The governor’s directive has perplexed people familiar with the severity of the coronavirus crisis, which on Wednesday tallied 90 cases including one death in the islands. Gov. David Ige, second from right, has directed administration officials to leave Lt. Gov. Josh Green, third from right, out of the state’s coronavirus response effort. Green has been a frequent presence in the media to talk about the virus and what the state should do to slow its spread. He’d called for disallowing cruise ships to disembark, to increase testing of people and to implement a travel quarantine well before such actions became official policy.

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Green has made it no secret that he’s disappointed with the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, particularly with what he sees as the inadequacy of the Department of Health’s testing program.

“It’s a total fail,” he said last week. “We have to protect our people. We have to test those who are sick and every municipality across the country knows now we have to test and find where the disease is and test any contact cases and that’s the way to slow the spread of this disease.”

Civil Beat interviewed a number of state and health officials who […]

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