Maui Health COVID-19 Updates: Proactive Steps Taken to Protect Employees, Staff, and Community
Wailuku, Maui, HI (April 1, 2020) - Maui Health is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community.
Per CDC infection control protocol, we can acknowledge we are treating our 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 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.
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About Maui Health Maui Health, aka Maui Health System, community hospitals and associated clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lanai Community Hospital, and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lanai. The facilities under Maui Health employ more than 1500 Maui County residents, partner with over 460 hospital-based physicians, clinicians, and community-based primary and specialty physicians, and are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health is supported by Kaiser Permanente’s industry-leading technology systems, evidence-based medicine, and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, visit mauihealth.org.