After a tense few months, Governor David Ige and his Gnb Josh Green are now working together to stop the coronavirus from spreading to Hawaii.
Green, a Big Island emergency room physician who led the COVID-19 community preparedness effort, said they met yesterday on the issue list and will join together for a 3 p.m. news conference.
“I had a very good heart-to-heart conversation with the governor and we got on the same page about how I can better serve the people of Hawaii and prepare our healthcare responses so that COVID-19 does not outlast us. , “Green said. “I really appreciated my communication with the governor and it was very helpful to focus on how I can best maintain COVID-19 in overwhelming the health care system.”
Green was part of Ige’s administrative effort over the pandemic and has openly pushed officials to the governor and the state to do more to prevent the spread – publicly advocating for turning cruise ships and restricting travelers coming to the state.
Sources told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the governor had ordered some officials and state agencies not to work with Green, who was manifestly lacking in the governor’s daily coronavirus grant.
Ige said at a news conference that he had not made any such orders and posted on Facebook that his governor’s government was not banned from news conferences and meetings, but that the state had “reinvented the way the state government is doing. business while applying appropriate social distance “and” bringing in people most directly involved in specific topics. “
Many in the public have been troubled by the seemingly petroleum policy playing out during a genuine healthcare crisis.
Ken Lawson, a faculty specialist at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School, said that “People have not elected any generals to be on their health.” “We want the people we have elected. One reason we were elected (Green) was because he is a caring doctor. We couldn’t predict what was going on. This is a new type of virus that no one sees in our lives so that is why we want someone who at least has a medical background and who cares. “
Green earlier told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his top priority was to “slow down the virus and save people’s lives.”
“Any strong recommendations on this crisis that I made to stop cruise ships from coming (which could put our people), demanding large statewide tests to see where the virus is, or put tourists on tour Hawaii to stop transmissions made to … prevent dead people, “he said.” It would be hard for me to believe that any governor would remove their colleagues from significant responsibility for doing so. “
Ige imposed this week statewide restrictions on Hawaii residents in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease and urged tourists earlier to stay away. But his actions followed calls from Green and others from the medical community, as well as from some state officials and business leaders.
Today is the start of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors and residents to return to Hawaii.
On Wednesday, the Department of Health reported a total of 95 cases statewide, up six from Tuesday.
The conflict is distracting even involving state lawmakers. Rep. Cynthia Thielen has called for the Legislature to appoint Green as the Hawaii COVID-19 emergency emergency director, though the Capitol is closed with House lawmakers in quarantine until April 5, following a positive coronavirus test for Sen. Clarence Nishihara.
House Speaker Scott Saiki says lawmakers had no plans to reopen to address the conflict.
“We hope that the governor and the deputy governor can sit down and work this out for the benefit of the entire public,” he told the newspaper.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said yesterday the City and County of Honolulu were working with federal, state and county authorities in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
“Everyone is playing their respective roles. Now is not the time to play politics, ”Caldwell said. “Now is the time to come together and work to protect the health and safety of the people of Hawaii.”