Hawai‘i Has Two More Deaths Linked to COVID-19: One More Each on Maui and O‘ahu

April 21, 2020, 9:43 AM HST · Updated April 21, 9:56 AM
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The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health reports that two additional coronavirus related deaths occurred late last night, bringing the total in the state to 12 since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020.  The deaths occurred on O‘ahu and on Maui and both are men, 65-years-old, or older.

On Maui, the man who passed had underlying health conditions. He had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late last year, according to state Health officials.

This person’s death is considered related to the MMMC cluster, which as of yesterday totaled 56 cases including 36 staff and 20 patients under investigation as potentially associated with the cluster.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino released a statement this morning saying, “Joycelyn and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this Maui County resident. We mourn for each and every person lost to this virus, and ask the community to surround each family with love and support.”

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This represents Maui County’s fifth COVID-19 death.

  • 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.
  • The fourth case was confirmed on April 19, and was an adult male from Washington state in the 40-59-year age group who had no previous medical conditions. State health officials say the man’s exposure history may be travel-related.  The man had been hospitalized for an extended period in serious condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The other death overnight involved an O‘ahu man who also had underlying health conditions and was hospitalized in late March. After getting better, state officials say he had been discharged, but his health subsequently declined and he passed away at home yesterday.

“We are saddened by these additional deaths and the toll the pandemic is taking on the families and friends of those affected,” said Gov. Ige said in a press release . “This is a serious disease especially for those with pre-existing health conditions and older adults. It is critical that we all comply with the stay at home order, practice social distancing, and continue to wear a mask whenever we go out to protect others.”

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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