Hawaii epidemiologist takes leave after other key departures

  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige, center, state Health Director Bruce Anderson, left, and state Epidemiologist Sarah Park, right, discuss a tourist who was confirmed with the coronavirus at a news conference Feb. 14 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s embattled epidemiologist is taking a leave of absence after the new head of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracing program requested time off, citing issues with the chain of command among health officials.