Report: Lt. Gov. Josh Green banned from state’s coronavirus response effort

Report: Lt. Gov. Josh Green banned from state’s coronavirus response effort
In this file photo taken on March 20, Lt. Gov. Josh Green speaks with Hawaii News Now about the steps he's hoping the state will take. (Source: HNN)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just weeks after he was named the state’s coronavirus prevention liaison, Hawaii lieutenant governor Josh Green has essentially been fired from participating in response efforts, according to a Honolulu Civil Beat report published Tuesday.

Honolulu Civil Beat, an official media partner of Hawaii News Now, is a tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live.
Honolulu Civil Beat, an official media partner of Hawaii News Now, is a tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. (Source: Hawaii News Now/Honolulu Civil Beat)

In the early days of the outbreak, Lt. Gov. Josh Green ― who also works as a medical doctor ― appeared to be a likely candidate to help guide the state’s containment and prevention efforts.

But several sources familiar with the state’s response operation, according to the Civil Beat report, say Gov. David Ige has ‘ordered his Cabinet officials and others to not consult Lt. Gov. Josh Green’ on matters related to COVID-19.

“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,” writes Chad Blair.

In a statement, Green is reported to have responded to questions about his participation in the state’s response effort by saying: “All I care about right now is slowing the virus and saving lives.”

Governor Ige issued a statement Tuesday night saying Green is “not banned from news conferences and meetings." He added that they are reinventing the way state government behaves by implementing social distancing.

The Lt. Governor is not banned from news conferences and meetings. In this new COVID-19 reality, we are reinventing the...

Posted by Governor David Ige on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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