Two with Hale Makua have COVID-19; one possibly exposed at MMMC

Hawaii state Department of Health medical lab technician Terilyn Lucero tests a sample for respiratory agents at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Oahu, recently. AP photo / Audrey McAvoy

A Hale Makua nursing home resident who was potentially exposed to a cluster of coronavirus cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19, along with a separate Hale Makua home health patient, according to state health officials.

The patient is in isolation and infection control procedures are in place, state health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said today during a news conference on Oahu.

“We’ve been working with Hale Makua to review their infection control procedures,” he said. “Individuals can be isolated reasonably well.”

In all, six Hale Makua nursing home residents were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at Maui Memorial, according to Hale Makua Health Services, although results were not detailed on the other patients.

The resident who eventually tested positive was treated on the MMMC unit with COVID-19 positive workers, Hale Makua Health Services said in an announcement.


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