Mayor Interview: Hospital, Testing, Emergency Rule Updates
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is providing updates on Pacific Media Group’s network of Maui stations as the County continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the mayor spoke with Ed Kanoi and Charly Espina-Takahama of 99.9 KISS FM on Maui, and shared his thoughts on rural response, increased testing this week, and issues surrounding the hospital cluster at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The COVID-19 cluster at Maui Memorial Medical Center has grown to 34 individuals under investigation, according to an update provided by the state Department of Health. This includes two healthcare workers and one patient. The cluster includes all individuals identified as positive within the time period of concern, and could include some cases that represent separate introductions. That cluster is made up primarily of hospital employees and is the largest cluster identified in the county out of 86 cases confirmed.Hawai‘i COVID-19 Cases Exceed 500 – Only Five in Latest Report
The statewide count now exceeds 500, with only two new cases on Maui yesterday; however Mayor Victorino cautioned that the low number is likely because results are not yet in for ramped up testing conducted in Maui County.
“We believe there’s an uptick coming because of the vast number of tests that have been and will be conducted over the next week or so. But I think it’s important that we find out right now if there’s clusters–that we take care of those clusters and prevent spread all around,” said Mayor Victorino.
“As a reminder, our counts will continue to grow, I believe because of the amount of uptick in testing. We have done almost 1700 tests–almost 2,000 tests in the last week,” said Mayor Victorino.
Molokaʻi Testing Today, April 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Food Distribution is planned on Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in West Maui at the same location as the drive through testing from the day before–on the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Launiupoko.
B&B and STR Homes May Only Rent to Essential Workers
The Mayor also announced the Bed and Breakfast and short term rental homes are NOT allowed to operate unless the home is rented by an essential worker.
“No new reservations are allowed, and if violations are found citations will be issued,” said Mayor Victorino.