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West Maui Group to Host Pre-Pandemic Planning Workshop

March 9, 2020, 1:44 PM HST
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Background: Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical extracellular viral particles contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. PC: C.S. Goldsmith and A. Tamin. Provided by: CDC/ C.S. Goldsmith and A. Tamin. Foreground: This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. PC: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM. Content provider: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS.

In light of mounting concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the West Maui Taxpayers Association will be hosting a community meeting to discuss pre-pandemic planning and preparations.

“It’s already a serious risk to live in West Maui over an hour away from access to an Emergency Room for life saving acute care,” a press release from the group read.

“It’s obvious that this new threat illustrates things are worse when pandemic healthcare threats present themselves.”

Dr. Dennis Terpin, an expert in emergency planning, will be the eventʻs keynote speaker.

The meeting will be held on April 6 at the West Maui Kanoa Senior Center at 5 p.m.

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Dr. Terpin will also host a Business Continuity Planning workshop on April 7 from 8 a.m. to noon on April 7.

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For more information, contact WMTA President Joseph D Pluta at (808) 661-7990 or at [email protected]

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