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Maui Health treating first COVID-19 patient

Maui Memorial Medical Center is treating its first confirmed COVID-19 patient, hospital operator Maui Health said Wednesday morning. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui Health is treating its first confirmed COVID-19 patient, the hospital operator said Wednesday morning.

The patient is currently in isolation and appropriate isolation precautions are in place, Maui Health said. Spokeswoman Lisa Paulson confirmed that the patient is being treated at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

“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,” Maui Health said in a news release.

The news release said that additional details about the case will not be shared publicly.

Maui Health oversees Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital, with Maui Memorial being the only acute care facility.

The hospital operator said it has been taking proactive steps to mitigate exposure to patients, caregivers and the community. This includes asking sick employees to stay home, increasing the use of telework, encouraging social distancing and other preventative measures. And, since Wednesday, no visitors have been allowed at any hospital facility, except for in the pediatrics and OB wards, which are limited to one 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,” Maui Health CEO Mike Rembis said. “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.”

For more information on COVID-19 updates, visit mauihealth.org/covid19.

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