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28 MMMC hospital COVID-19 cases; 2 new at Hale Makua

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Maui Memorial Medical Center confirmed 28 COVID-19 cases at the hospital as of midday Monday, with the majority being health care workers.

Meanwhile, Hale Makua Health Services reported two COVID-19 cases Monday, including one Kahului nursing home resident, who was recently released from MMMC, and one home patient.

Hospital spokeswoman Tracy Dallarda on Monday said that 17 staff members and 11 patients have COVID-19.

Measures to mitigate spread include testing all patients, staff and providers. Also, the hospital canceled nonelective surgeries and procedures, along with converting the two impacted units to warm units, she added.

State Department of Health officials on Monday reported nine new cases for Maui County, part of 174 newly documented cases in the state, mostly on Oahu.

The Hale Makua nursing home resident is asymptomatic and in isolation; the home patient returned to the hospital for care, according to a news release.

The nursing home resident had been transferred from MMMC to Hale Makua on Wednesday and had initially tested negative. In a Hale Makua retest, the resident had a positive test.

Monday’s new COVID-19 cases statewide include 163 on Oahu and one on Hawaii island.

Total cases since tracking began are at 5,215 for the state, including 4,754 for Oahu, 235 for Maui County, 149 for Hawaii island, 54 for Kauai and 23 residents diagnosed out of state.

Of those cases, 1,868 have been released from isolation.

Overall, 288 people have been hospitalized and 40 Hawaii residents have died.

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