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The Hawaii National Guard’s Covid Task Force Is Extended Through December

August 25, 2021

From the Civil Beat website

Hawaii National Guard photograph

The Hawaii National Guard is staying on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 until the end of the year as the highly contagious delta variant causes a surge in cases in the islands. It’s a reversal after Hawaii officials announced in June that the mission would wind down and likely end in September.

The current task force is made up of about 550 soldiers and airmen after several troops began demobilizing as Hawaii leaders loosened travel restrictions during several months of relatively low case counts. It’s not clear yet whether the guard will attempt to call more troops back up amid surging cases.

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