DOE to release confirmation of COVID-19 cases by complex area, not campus

DOE to release confirmation of COVID-19 cases by complex area, not campus
HNN File

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After allegations from the teachers union about a lack of transparency, the state says it will be releasing limited information on COVID-19 campuses at schools.

But confirmations of cases will be released by complex, not by campus.

The HSTA says cases should still be reported by school.

On Saturday, HSTA said seven Oahu campuses reported cases in the past four days. But the DOE had different numbers, saying six employees at six different campuses tested positive this week alone.

They asked Hawaii News Now to hold off on reporting the schools with positive cases at this time as they work to finalize their protocols.

The state says all campuses have been sanitized.

This comes as students are set to briefly return to campuses this coming week to pick up devices and meet their teachers ahead of distance learning.

The teachers union has pushed for an all-distance learning set up.

HSTA adds that they aren’t sure exactly how many staff are in quarantine as a result of the cases, adding school principals are being left to do their own contact tracing independent of the Department of Health.

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