Per the CDC infection control protocol, Maui Health said in a press release that it can now acknowledge that they are treating its first patient confirmed by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) as having COVID-19. The patient is currently in isolation and appropriate isolation precautions are in place. Maui Health says that it is handling this case with the utmost respect to privacy, while also working closely with the DOH to ensure that patients, employees, family, friends, and anyone who has been in close contact are assessed and the extent of their exposure is reviewed. Please understand that out of respect for this individual’s privacy, additional details about this case will not be shared publicly.
Maui Health has been taking proactive steps to mitigate exposure to its patients, caregivers, and community. These steps have included asking sick employees to stay home, increasing the use of telework, encouraging social distancing, and promoting other important preventative measures in all of our facilities. Additionally, as of Wednesday, March 25, in conjunction with Mayor Victorino’s emergency “work from home and stay at home” order, we have instituted a no-visitor policy at all our hospitals and facilities. No visitors will be permitted, except Pediatrics and OB, which will be limited to one (1) visitor per patient.
“With the quickly evolving situation, we are working closely with federal, state, and local health officials to stay informed and respond appropriately to COVID-19 and influenza scenarios. We have all necessary precautions in place and our employees and physicians are ready and equipped to safely care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and influenza cases,” said Mike Rembis, CEO, Maui Health.
For more information on COVID-19 updates, please visit mauihealth.org/covid19.