Vaccinating Residents and Staff of Long-Term Care Facilities – Hawaiipublicradio

Hawaii Public Radio | By Catherine Cruz

Published June 7, 2021 at 5:39 PM HST

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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.

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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.