HONOLULU (KHON2) — A state training program to trace the contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 starts Monday, June 8.

The first pilot group will have 16 trainees in a free online one-and-a-half-day training for clinical healthcare professionals.

By mid-July, the program expects to have trained 320 contact tracers and hundreds more in 2021.

All of the training slots have been filled and there is a waiting list for participants. About 1,200 people have applied for the program.