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First Maui County resident dies of COVID-19

Mayor Michael Victorino announces Monday morning the passing of a Maui County resident from COVID-19.

A Maui County resident has died of COVID-19, marking the first fatality in the county related to the virus, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced Monday morning.

“My heart is heavy with this tragic news,” Mayor Victorino said. “Mrs. Victorino and I offer our deepest condolences to this individual’s family and know that our community will also offer support and love during this difficult time.”

According to the state Department of Health, the individual was an older male resident with underlying health conditions. Victorino confirmed the man was a Maui resident.

“We want to express our deepest condolences to this individual’s family and friends,” Maui Health CEO Mike Rembis said. “We ask our community to continue to rally around each other in support, to respect our mayor’s stay-at-home-orders, and adhere to guidelines for social distancing, handwashing and hygiene. We will continue to do our part and protect our patients and staff.”

Until Monday, all four deaths in the state had been on Oahu, which also has the most cases in the state at 281 as of Sunday. Maui County was second with 43 cases, including one hospitalization.

Victorino urged members of the public to only go out for essential purposes and to avoid parties and gatherings. He also asked that people wear masks when leaving home and practice social distancing.

“We love this community and our county. I will be with all of you every step of the way through this pandemic, but we’re going to need everyone’s help to keep our families and loved ones safe,” Victorino said.

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