Wailuku, Maui, HI (January 14, 2022) – As reported yesterday, Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) was caring for 26 COVID-19 patients. Today, that number has risen to 36 patients. Of those 36, 17 are vaccinated, five are in the ICU, and one on a ventilator. MMMC’s census is very busy with COVID and non-COVID patient needs. About 12 FEMA nurses are scheduled to arrive next week to assist with COVID-patient care. We expect Maui County COVID-19 positivity numbers to rise, which may eventually impact the hospital. We ask the community to please continue to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones, including receiving the vaccine and/or the booster dose.
For those that have contracted COVID-19, there are outpatient treatment therapies available for qualified, high-risk individuals. Maui Health is now offering oral antiviral treatment and monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy for qualified individuals. Both options are available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and have been shown to be effective in treating early COVID-19, helping to reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. At this time our supply is very limited, and requests are being reviewed carefully to ensure treatment is provided to COVID-positive individuals at the highest risk for severe illness. We are accepting self-referrals, but physician referrals are highly recommended.
To review the details of these treatments, please visit mauihealth.org/covidtreatments. If interested in accessing treatment, the COVID-19 Treatment Referral form must be completed and submitted. Once submitted, our physician team will review the referral form for qualification criteria and follow-up as necessary.
With the expected continued increase in cases in Maui County, Maui Health is again reminding community members to get vaccinated and if you qualify, do not wait to get your booster dose. You can now receive your booster dose five months after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (updated from six months), or two months after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And please bring your keiki in, ages 5 – 11 years old, for their pediatric vaccine. Vaccines continue to be the best way forward for our community, offering the highest level of protection, and especially when used in combination with strict masking and hand-washing protocols, and avoiding large groups or social events. For vaccine clinic hours, visit mauihealth.org/covidvaccine.
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 nearly 1700 Maui County residents, partner with over 450 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.