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Maui Health System employee contracts COVID-19

No visitor policy starts this Wednesday

State Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department’s laboratory in Pearl City. AP photo

Kaiser-affiliated Maui Health System — which includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lanai Community Hospital and associated clinics — disclosed today that it has an employee confirmed by state health officials as having COVID-19.

It did not say the facility at which the employee works or where the individual is in isolation.

The individual is in good condition and is isolated to prevent the spread of infection, said spokeswoman Lisa Paulson in a news release.

“Please understand that out of respect for this individual’s privacy, additional details about this case will not be shared publicly,” Paulson said.

Maui Health is working with the state Department of Health to ensure that patients, employees, family, friends and anyone who has been in close contact are screened, she said.

Starting Wednesday, and in conjunction with Mayor Michael Victorino’s “work from home and stay at home order,” a no-visitor policy at all hospitals and facilities will be implemented, with the exception of Pediatrics and OB, which will have a limit of one visitor per patient.

Also, all elective surgeries and procedures will be canceled, the release said.

Patients will be contacted by their doctor’s office with updated information.

Other ways Maui Health is taking steps to reduce risk among staff and patients are asking sick employees to stay home, canceling large meetings and staff travel, increasing the use of teleworking among staff, encouraging social distancing and promoting other important preventative measures in all facilities, the release said.

For more information and Maui Health System COVID-19 updates, visit mauihealth.org/covid19.

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