Los Angeles-based Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant dies after testing positive for COVID-19

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A senior Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant based in Los Angeles died last night after testing positive for the coronavirus in California.
Jeff Kurtzman was diagnosed earlier this month with COVID-19, Hawaiian President and CEO Peter Ingram wrote in a message to employees.

Kurtzman joined the airline in 1986 and had become known over the past three decades for his "passion for discovering new places, people and cultures; his terrific sense of humor and knack for easy conversation; and his caring heart," he wrote. "He embodied the values of aloha and malama that we hold dear."

He was part of an outbreak at a workplace training program, where 17 employees contracted the virus as of July 10. No new cases have been reported since then, according to a company spokesman.

Airline staff members were exposed at the training session where "physical distancing was not practiced and masks were optional," according to the state Department of Health. Those employees then exposed eight household members who tested positive. A positive case who attended the training…
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