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Hospital Workers Are Feeling Pressure As Hawaii Gets Ready To Restart Tourism

When COVID-19 cases began to surface on the mainland in February, Hawaii health officials worried about how hospitals would keep up with an inevitable surge of cases in the islands.

Hawaii’s hospital capacity was already limited before the pandemic, and the health care system was strapped for specialized workers. To prepare, hospitals ran admission drills, gathered emergency supplies and identified rooms that could be equipped for COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care.

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