Hawai‘i Coronavirus Total Now 609, 2 New Cases: Maui Total is 115
As of noon on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, there are 609 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi with 2 new cases, both located in Maui County.
The state Department of Health says one case involves a Lānaʻi resident who was exposed on the Island of Maui, and who will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim. DOH officials say the Lānaʻi resident has been hospitalzed on Maui for an extended time. The patient was transported in early March to Maui for treatment not associated with coronavirus. The patient initially tested negative for COVID-19, but a recent test came back positive.
As of today, 318 cases are travel-associated, 234 are community-associated, and 57 with risk factors unknown at this time.
To date, 505 people have recovered including 80 in Maui County. This means there are 104 active cases in the state and 35 active cases in Maui County.
The total new cases include:
- 0 new case on Oʻahu for a total of 396 confirmed positive,
- 2 new cases in Maui County for a total of 115 confirmed positive,
- 0 new cases on Hawaiʻi Island for a total of 70 confirmed positive; and
- 0 new cases on Kauaʻi for a total of 21 confirmed positive.
- 0 new case of a Hawaiʻi resident who were diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi for a total of 7 confirmed positive.
- 0 pending cases, where the island of residency has not been determined, which remains unchanged from yesterday’s count.
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health reports that there were 505 individuals released from isolation; and 69 cases that have required hospitalization.
Maui County’s count increased to 115 confirmed positive. Of the 115 cases in Maui County, at least 80 have been released from isolation, and 14 have required hospitalization.
To date, there have been 16 COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi, including 11 on Oʻahu and 5 in Maui County.
Maui County now has five 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.
- 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 fifth Maui case occurred on Monday April 20 and involved a man who had underlying health conditions. He had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late last year. This person’s death is considered related to the MMMC cluster.
58 Individuals in Maui Hospital Cluster:
Maui Memorial Cluster Update
One positive case reported on April 27 on Maui was a hospitalist, an employee of Maui Medical Group, working at the hospital. The case is under investigation and the cause of infection is still being determined. At MMMC, state Health officials say 38 staff and 20 patients continue to be under investigation as potentially associated with the cluster. DOH is recommending the facility repeat in-service training for staff on proper PPE use, and other protective measures.
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.”
Other Highlights for Maui County:
Maui Health on Monday, April 27, confirmed that a Maui Medical Group hospitalist who provides care to patients at Maui Memorial Medical Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The provider was tested for COVID-19 two weeks ago by Maui Medical Group, was asymptomatic, and the results were negative. This week the Maui Medical Group provider became symptomatic and then self-quarantined at home. On Friday, a repeat test was performed and on Sunday April 26, the results returned positive for COVID-19.
A joint statement was released on Wednesday evening, April 22, from Mayor Michael Victorino and Merriman’s Kapalua restaurant confirming the location of the grouping from March, which consisted of three COVID-19 positive individuals and between 65 and 100 exposed contacts. Health officials say the grouping does not currently pose a significant risk to the community.
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 was awaiting test results at last report.
There’s also two home health patients with Hale Makua Health Services and a nursing home resident from Hale Makua Kahului that tested positive for COVID-19. The asymptomatic resident who had tested positive has completed the required 14-day quarantine and is still showing no symptoms of COVID-19, however, additional tests will be administered to confirm recovery. As for the home health cases, one client has been released from isolation and is recovering and the other client was in quarantine at last report.
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.
*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.
‡One case is a Lānaʻi resident who’s exposure is on Maui Island and who will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim.