Hawai‘i Coronavirus Total Now 574: 21 New Cases, Maui Total is 104April 18, 2020, 12:08 PM HST · Updated April 18, 1:00 PM 41 Comments
As of noon on Saturday, April 18, 2020, there are 574 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi with 21 new cases. Most of those cases were from Hawai‘i County – where there was a cluster of COVID-19 cases among the McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona. The total includes:
- 2 new cases on Oʻahu for a total of 382 confirmed positive,
- 2 new cases in Maui County for a total of 104 confirmed positive,
- 17 new cases on Hawaiʻi Island for a total of 61 confirmed positive; and
- 0 new cases on Kauaʻi for a total of 21 confirmed positive.
There is no pending cases, where the island of residency has not been determined, which remains unchanged from yesterday’s count. There were also six cases that are identified as Hawaiʻi residents who were diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi.
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health reports that there were 410 individuals released from isolation; and 51 cases that have required hospitalization.
Maui County has 2 new cases for a total of 104 confirmed positive. Of the 104 cases in Maui County, at least 52 have been released from isolation, and 7 have required hospitalization.
Maui County has had three COVID-19 related deaths. Maui reported its first COVID-19 related death on Monday, April 6, of an adult male over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions and exposure to travelers. The second Maui death was announced on Wednesday, April 8, and was an unattended death. A third death in Maui County reportedly occurred on April 7, but was reported in the state count on Friday, April 10. The third case involved an elderly individual who was in the chronic care unit.
There is a COVID-19 cluster on Maui at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. The state adjusted the Maui Hospital cluster count upward to 42 individuals under investigation (up by one from previous counts). The DOH’s investigation at MMMC continues and DOH officials say “it appears the outbreak may have been driven by a single healthcare worker who was allowed to work while ill.” The cluster of 42 people include 27 staff and 15 patients.
Two individuals from the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center on Waiale Road in Wailuku on Maui have been moved to a Department of Health quarantine facility after one of them tested positive for COVID-19 and the other is awaiting test results.
There was also a confirmed case of a physical therapy worker at the Kula Hospital who tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 16 individuals who received care were tested and so far, no positive cases have been reported as a result.
Update on Kona Restaurant Cases
The Department of Health reports there have been a total of 29 confirmed cases associated with the cluster among the two McDonald’s restaurants in Kailua-Kona that now includes a total of 17 employees and 12 household members. DOH is conducting contact tracing for new cases and continuing to monitor employees and family members, all of whom are in isolation or quarantine. Both restaurants (at Kona Commons and at Walmart in Kailua-Kona) remain closed.
“It is critical that the community continues to be vigilant with practicing social distancing policies and preventive measures such as staying at home when sick, avoiding others that are sick, washing hands, sneezing and coughing etiquette and wearing a cloth face mask per Governor Ige’s fifth supplemental proclamation,” said DOH officials.
*includes presumptive and confirmed cases, data are preliminary and subject to change; note that CDC provides case counts according to states of residence.
†Isolation should be maintained until at least 3 days (72 hours) after resolution of fever and myalgia without the use of antipyretics OR at least 7 days have passed since symptom onset, whichever is longer.
LABORATORY* TESTING DATA
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12 noon, April 18, 2020
** Refers to positive cases that have an unknown county of diagnosis at the time of this report. As more information becomes available for these cases, they are assigned to the proper County of Diagnosis. A negative number indicates the number of previously unknown cases that have now been assigned to a county.
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