Maui Health Releases Statement Following COVID-19 Cluster Announcement

April 8, 2020, 2:13 PM HST · Updated April 8, 2:13 PM
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Maui Health released a statement this afternoon following an earlier press conference this morning in which Maui Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed a cluster of around 15 COVID-19 positive cases among Maui Health employees.

“The health and safety of our employees is a top priority,” Maui Health announced.

“Maui Health can confirm at this time that we have additional employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. These employees have been furloughed and will recover at home,” Maui Health said of the recently confirmed cluster.

According to Maui Health, the name and other information about these employees will not be released due to patient privacy.  “Patients and staff who came in contact with these individuals have been notified. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health will notify any other potential contacts of the affected individuals.”

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“Our staff have been trained in the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and we have the safety precautions and equipment in place to safely care for potential or confirmed COVID-19 patients,” according to the statement.

“We have protocols in place to address situations when employees are exposed to the virus to ensure that we can protect them and others from additional risk. We are following guidance from and coordinating closely with federal, state and local public health agencies, and are implementing new PPE protocols as well as additional screening for employees,” the statement read.

To view the confirmation announcement and further commentary from Maui Health CEO Mike Rembis, click here.

Maui Health’s community hospitals and associated clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, include Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lānaʻi Community Hospital and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lānaʻi in the County of Maui.

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