Hawaii Public Radio | By Catherine Cruz
Published June 7, 2021 at 5:39 PM HST
One bright spot when it comes to the state’s COVID-19 vaccinations is in our long-term care facilities.
A February survey showed Hawai‘i was leading other states in staff and resident inoculation with 78% compared to the national average of 38%.
Hawai‘i not only has the lowest COVID-19 case rates for nursing homes in the country but also the second-lowest when it comes to COVID-19 death rates.
The Conversation talked to Patrick Harrison of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii about new federal reporting requirements that aim to improve that picture even more.
Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.