Key player in Boston’s pandemic response working from Hawaii

  • Dr. Jennifer Lo, medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission, speaks at a coronavirus town hall on March 8, 2020, at the Museum of Science in Boston. Dr. Lo, who advises the city agency that coordinates Boston’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been working remotely from Hawaii since November 2020 with approval from the commission’s executive director. Lo said she temporarily relocated with her family to Hawaii for personal reasons, including to take care of two sets of aging parents. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP)

BOSTON — The medical director of the city agency coordinating Boston’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been working remotely from Hawaii for several months, and even though she has permission to do so, some critics say it may hinder her effectiveness.