Editors, USA TODAY Published 4:05 a.m. ET Aug. 14, 2020 | Updated 8:39 a.m. ET Aug. 14, 2020CLOSEHawaii alters contact tracing while considering delay of tourist returnThe state of Hawaii is expected to see a rapid increase in coronavirus contact tracers as the state’s top health officials recently turned their much maligned program over to new hire, Dr. Emily Roberson. By the end of the week, there should be more than 100 contact tracers across the state, a Health Department spokeswoman told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this week. But the number of contact tracers appears to be well below what Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Hawaii needs to be to reach national recommendations, the paper noted. Another more unfortunate development to combat the virus is officials are “looking at” delaying the start of a much-anticipated program that would allow out-of-state visitors to vacation there without quarantining for 14 days by presenting a negative COVID-19 test, Gov. David Ige said Thursday. The state has seen a rapid rise in reported cases in recent days, including a record 355 on Thursday. Previous program announcement:Hawaii will let visitors skip quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 testScratch that August trip to Hawaii. The state extended its quarantine


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