18 New COVID-19 Cases: Hawai‘i Total Now 762
There are 18 new COVID-19 case reported in Hawaiʻi today–all on Oʻahu–pushing the statewide count to 762 cases in Hawaiʻi over the course of the pandemic.
All of the cases are adults. A third case at the Hale Nani skilled nursing facility is a resident who was
The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reporting an additional 18 cases of COVID-19 today, all of which were diagnosed in Honolulu. 15 of these new cases are in Hawai‘i residents and the residency of the other three remains under investigation.
“This spike in cases and other recent daily spikes have been expected as people begin to move around more freely and more businesses are reopening,” said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist in a department press release. She continued, “It’s important to point out, that the vast majority of the cases we’re seeing in the state are being spread by what we call community-associated infection. Only a handful of recent cases have been detected in travelers, known as travel-associated infection.”
Health experts and state leaders continue to remind Hawai‘i residents to continue with safe practices, including physical distancing, use of face masks, hand washing and staying home when sick. “These steps altogether,” Dr. Park explains, “are the single best things each and every one of us can and should do, not only to protect our own health, but the health of all of our loved ones and particularly our kupuna.”
At the Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on O‘ahu, a total of ten (10) cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. Two are workers at the facility and the other eight are residents. Hale Nani implemented aggressive infection control measures as an immediate response to the initial case. Active monitoring and repeat testing is being performed, as recommended by DOH, for all residents and staff. So far 307 tests of staff have come back negative. All but one of the cases identified at the facility, to date, are in people who reside in or work on a single unit.
Dr. Sarah Kemble, Deputy State Epidemiologist explained, “When there has been exposure in a healthcare setting like this, resulting increase in infections are possible and unfortunate, but not unexpected. We could continue to see a number of new cases over the next two weeks.” She went onto to explain that the DOH response has been tiered and focused first on getting residents and workers in the affected unit tested first, followed by testing for the entire facility, and then repeat (serial) testing.
The Hawai‘i House of Representatives confirmed today that a person working at the State Capitol is one of those who tested positive for COVID-19. House leaders say the person wore a mask at work and stayed home when symptoms first developed, so the risk of infection to others is low. The state legislature is scheduled to go back into session next Monday, June 22, though the State Capitol will remain closed to the public.
The health department’s investigation of this case is ongoing. It’s working closely with the legislature to address all concerns and to ensure any close contacts of the positive case are in quarantine and being monitored.
Maui County’s count remained unchanged from yesterday. Of the 120 cases in Maui County, at least 113 have been released from isolation, and 22 have required hospitalization. Based on the current numbers, there is just one active case in Maui County.
To date, there have been 17 COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi, including 11 on Oʻahu and 6 in Maui County. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green notes that Hawaiʻi has the lowest mortality rate in the US at 1.2 deaths per 100,000.
In Maui County, cases with onset in the last 28 days have been in the Wailuku zip code. Of the 120 cases documented in Maui County over the course of the pandemic, Wailuku and Kahului had the most cases (21-50 each); followed by Lahaina and Kīhei (11-20 each); Makawao (6-10 cases); and Kula, Hāna, Haʻikū and Molokaʻi (1-5 cases each).
Age breakdown is not available by county; however there is a breakdown of the statewide count. Of the 676 cases recorded *as of June 15 (to date there are now 744 cases) statewide: 52 were 0-19 years old (one of which required hospitalization); 247 were 20-39 years old (nine of which required hospitalization); 254 were 40-59 years old (25 of which required hospitalization); and 183 were 60+ years old (56 of which required hospitalization).
Maui County has six 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.
- The sixth Maui case was reported on May 3, 2020. The case involved a woman, over the age of 60, with underlying medical conditions. She had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late February. Her infection occurred in mid-April. “COVID-19 is not believed to be the primary cause of death, due to her other serious illnesses, but may have been a contributing factor to her passing,” health officials said.
Maui Memorial Medical Center News:
The outbreak at Maui Memorial Medical Center in Kahului was considered closed as of May 19, 2020. The cluster of individuals linked to the Maui hospital outbreak totaled 52 including 38 health care workers and 14 patients who had tested positive, according to Maui Health. DOH officials say “it appears the outbreak may have been driven by a single healthcare worker who was allowed to work while ill.”
As of June 7, there are no COVID-19 cases at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, and as of Monday, June 8, there was only one person on Maui in home quarantine with the virus. Also, starting June 8, the Maui Memorial Medical Center began universal testing for COVID-19 on all patients admitted through the Emergency Department and Obstetrics patients. Universal testing expands to include direct admissions on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
Governor David Ige extended the mandatory 14-day quarantine for international and out-of-state arrivals into Hawaiʻi through July 31, 2020. “We will not reopen out-of-state travel before the end of June,” said Gov. Ige, and noting that his latest Ninth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation gives him the flexibility to reopen travel “when the state is ready.”
A separate quarantine in place for interisland travel was lifted on Tuesday, June 16. This applies only to air travel within the state, and anyone arriving into the state would still be subject to a 14-day quarantine through at least the end of July. As the state lifts the interisland quarantine, they will be implementing thermal screening, a new interisland travel form and a more robust contact tracing program.
The state is also reviewing several different companies as part of a procurement process to implement a facial recognition program at the airport as part of its screening process for COVID-19.
Other Highlights for Maui County:
The Governor granted the County of Maui’s request to reopen more businesses and activities on Monday, June 15, 2020. This includes bars which will be allowed to operate with modifications; and some organized team sports will also resume with modifications including canoe paddling. Football and rugby practices are not allowed to start at this time and No close contact activities will be permitted, including but not limited to: huddles, high fives and handshakes.
The state has resumed the issuance of wiki permits for beach weddings and vow renewals. These limited commercial activities on state beaches are resuming subject to Act with Care restrictions–including no groups larger than 10 people, social distancing among individuals outside of the same household, and quarantine restrictions must be followed.
The County of Maui announced that Commercial Ocean Recreation Activity permit holders that are allowed to operate at some of the county beach parks will still be prohibited from operating on Sundays and holidays in accordance with current county laws. On June 5, the County of Maui provided clarification saying CORA permit holders will be allowed to resume operations starting Monday, June 15. CORA permit holders will be required to provide a valid Certificate of Insurance to the County Department of Parks and Recreation before their permit is reinstated.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is lessening restrictions on state parks in conjunction with various county-specific rules and guidelines. Here on Maui, all beach areas within Oneloa “Mākena State Park” are now accessible. Visitors should note that there are NO lifeguard services, nor restroom facilities at Mākena and therefore the parking areas will remain closed. In East Maui, Waiʻānapanapa State Park remains closed pending the completion of the East Maui Traffic Management Plan. Pailoa Beach access is allowed for use, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. ʻĪao Valley State Monument remains closed, as well as the Hāna Highway State Waysides. On Molokaʻi, Palaʻau State Park has reopened for day use. And overnight lodging for Maui sites is anticipated to reopen on July 1st.
On June 3, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources began relaxing restrictions on recreational and commercial boating. Commercial watersports operators, like surf schools and kayak rental companies, can also resume operations with the same restrictions – a limit of 10 people including crew or staff.
An employee at the Maui Memorial Medical Center has been quarantined at home since the hospital learned of the individual’s positive antibody detection on Friday, May 21. A subsequent COVID swab test at the hospital’s emergency department came back positive on Saturday, May 23. Hospital representatives say it’s too soon in the process to determine a source of the infection but have stated that the case is not related to the Maui Memorial Medical Center cluster of 52 individuals that was deemed closed on May 19.
Increased access to Haleakalā National Park began on May 27. The public is now allowed in the Summit District from the park entrance to the summit at the 10,000 foot elevation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Park entrance fees are temporarily waived. Sunrise and sunset viewing are not available at this time and the park’s visitor center buildings, Kipahulu District, crater and backcountry areas remain closed. Commercial and special use permits also remain suspended.
Governor David Ige approved Maui Mayor Michael Victorino’s request to reopen most businesses and services with modifications starting Monday, June 1, 2020. This includes clubhouses, dog parks, playgrounds and skate parks, all county parks and beach parks, select county pools, dine-in restaurant service, tattoo parlors, aestheticians, massage therapists and other personal services. Earlier openings included: hair and nail salons on May 25; and drive-in religious services on May 22; and certain retail shops at shopping malls in Maui County opened on May 11.
Governor David Ige signed his 8th supplemental emergency proclamation on May 18, effectively extending the eviction moratorium and extending the 14 day travel quarantine for both mainland and interisland travel through the end of June. The governor also unveiled his four step Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience Plan. He said the state is ready to move from Phase 1 of stabilization to Phase 2 of reopening and called the latest phase “Act With Care.”
The County of Maui started allowing passive recreation at beaches effective on Saturday, May 16. This is for a trial period only of two weeks (from May 16 to 30) and will be reassessed.
Also the 98th Maui Fair, which was scheduled to take place over four days in October, is cancelled for this year due to public health concerns. Organizers say the event was cancelled at the request of the County and will be held sometime next year.
On Tuesday, May 5, Governor David Ige unveiled details of his 7th Supplemental Proclamation, that allows for the next phase includes the reopening to include: non-food agriculture such as landscaping, floral and ornamental; astronomical observatories and support facilities; car washes; and pet grooming services. This also includes some retail operations.
On Monday, May 4, a patient on Maui who was diagnosed with COVID-19 over a month ago and had been on a ventilator, was greeted with a celebratory exit from hospital staff who lined the halls upon her departure. The single mom of three came into the Maui Memorial Medical Center 36 days prior and had a slow process to recovery, according to a hospital spokesperson. Also, Maui Health re-opened the Maui East unit as a medical surgical unit and it is no longer serving as a COVID-19 unit.
On Wednesday, April 29, Mayor Victorino identified a short list parks, golf courses and local businesses that quality for limited opening under the first phase of a reopening that began on May 1, 2020.
On Tuesday, April 28, 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. The case is documented as a Maui Island case and there are still no confirmed positive cases on the island of Lānaʻi.
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. The provider then became symptomatic and 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 restaurant 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 and refrained from labeling it a “cluster.”
Two individuals from the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center on Waiʻale Road in Wailuku on Maui were moved to a Department of Health quarantine facility after one of them tested positive for COVID-19. The other man who was awaiting test results has since received word that his test came back negative and he was released from quarantine. Monique Yamashita, Executive Director at the facility said 48 individuals including staff and guests were tested on April 24 during a mass testing event. She provided us with an update on May 1 saying all tests came back negative. Also the eight staff that had contact with the COVID-19 positive individual were back to work within a week after all tests came back negative. Yamashita said the facility is still being vigilant with the continued use of PPEs, washing hands and taking other precautions to protect staff and guests.
Update: (5.18.20) All Prior Cases of COVID-19 at Hale Makua are Now Negative: Two home health patients with Hale Makua Health Services and a nursing home resident from Hale Makua Kahului are now negative for COVID-19. The asymptomatic resident who had tested positive has since received two consecutive test results showing they are negative for COVID-19. As for the home health cases, one client has been released from isolation and had recovered in April; and the other client has recently received two negative COVID-19 tests so has been released from quarantine as well.
Maui Now learned that a mother who underwent a caesarean section delivery at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in April later tested positive for COVID-19. The source of infection at this time is unknown however, Maui Health noted that the hospital “has never had an OB patient, provider or employee test positive for COVID-19.” Employees in that department were tested in April, with all results returned as negative.
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 included at least one resident of the rural community of Hāna in East Maui and at least two residents of Molokaʻi.