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Visitor who later had COVID-19 stayed at Ka’anapali Beach Club

A Japanese man who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Club, according to the hotel’s general manager.

In a letter to employees on Sunday, General Manager Fred Mayo said that the hotel learned Saturday from the state Department of Health that the visitor and his wife had stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Club. The couple later traveled to Oahu, where the man developed coldlike symptoms, before returning home to Japan.

“We have no reason at this time to believe there was any spread of infection at Ka’anapali as the guests displayed no symptoms during their stay between January 28 and February 3 and only became ill after leaving the resort,” Mayo said. “Public health officials have shared that they do not believe coronavirus can be transmitted unless an individual is already demonstrating symptoms.”

Mayo said that the hotel was working with the Health Department and would be undertaking “an enhanced cleaning of our entire resort.” He told employees that if they experienced any coldlike symptoms, they should stay home from work and visit their doctor. The hotel is also offering to arrange free COVID-19 screenings with the Health Department.

State health officials announced Friday that the man had visited Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and Oahu from Feb. 3 to 7 before returning home to Aichi Prefecture in central Japan. Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said Friday that because the man did not have symptoms while in Kaanapali, “there is no increased risk on Maui from possible exposure.”

In a media update Tuesday morning, the department said it was “continuing to actively gather facts and interview individuals based on limited information” about the couple from Japan, but did not mention where they had stayed.

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