Hawai‘i Coronavirus Total Now 613 (4 New Cases, 516 Recovered): Maui Total is 115 (0 New, 83 Recovered)

April 29, 2020, 12:25 PM HST · Updated April 29, 3:06 PM
Wendy Osher · 30 Comments
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As of noon on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, there are 613 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaiʻi with 3 new cases on Oʻahu and one additional case in a Hawaiʻi resident who was diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi.

To date, 516 people have recovered including 83 in Maui County.

The total new cases include:

  • 3 new case on Oʻahu for a total of 399 confirmed positive,
  • 0 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.
  • 1 new case of a Hawaiʻi resident who were diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi for a total of 8 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 516 individuals released from isolation; and 69 cases that have required hospitalization.

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Maui County’s count remained unchanged at 115 confirmed positive. Of the 115 cases in Maui County, at least 83 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.

59 Individuals in Maui Hospital Cluster: 

Maui Memorial Cluster Update

At Maui Memorial Medical Center, state Health officials say 38 staff and 21 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:

On Tuesday, local government leaders visited and toured the outside of Maui Memorial Medical Center in compliance with the hospital’s COVID-19 no-visitor policy, and received an update from Maui Health on response efforts at the facility.

On Tuesday, April 28, officials confirmed that an elderly Lānaʻi woman contracted COVID-19 while she was hospitalized at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.  The woman initially tested negative for COVID-19, but a recent test came back positive.  She will remain on Maui until she is healthy enough to return home to Lānaʻi and she no longer poses a risk of transmitting the virus to others.

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 prior by Maui Medical Group, was asymptomatic, and the results were negative. Last week, the Maui Medical Group provider became symptomatic and then self-quarantined at home.  On Friday April 24, 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.

The Maui positive count includes at least one resident of the rural community of Hāna in East Maui and at least two residents of Molokaʻi.

*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. 

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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