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80 new cases reported over weekend

Hale Makua staff member, client test positive for COVID

The Maui News

The state Department of Health reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Maui over the weekend, raising the total for the county to 1,408.

For the two weeks ending Sunday, the largest number of cases was reported in the ZIP code area for Kahului with 125. As of Friday, a COVID cluster at Harbor Lights condominium had grown to 92, officials said.

Seventy-six cases each were reported in the ZIP code areas for Wailuku and Kihei, and 45 cases were reported in the Lahaina ZIP code area during the two weeks.

Hale Makua Health Services reported Saturday that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at its Kahului facility, following a report Friday that a resident there had tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member is asymptomatic and is in quarantine at home, according to a news release from Hale Makua.

It said the positive case was discovered through testing of all residents and staff after the resident was confirmed positive. “The two cases are unrelated as they did not have contact and were in different areas of the facility,” according to the news release.

“Although this is unfortunate news, it reminds us that there may be asymptomatic individuals in the community, so following all COVID-19 precautions is still extremely important,” Hale Makua CEO Wes Lo said in the news release. “With the recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases on Maui, I’m hopeful that with the rollout of the vaccine we will be able to slowly take steps back to normalcy again and our residents will be reunited with their loved ones.”

Hale Makua suspended in-person family visits Friday after the resident was confirmed to have tested positive.

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