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MCCC dealing with first case of COVID-19

Some inmates are in isolation while others are in quarantine

Thirteen Maui Community Correctional Center inmates have been placed in medical isolation and 90 inmates are on quarantine status while undergoing precautionary COVID-19 testing, after one inmate tested positive for COVID-19 at the Wailuku jail, the state Department of Public Safety reported Wednesday.

Two adult corrections officers are on a precautionary 14-day quarantine due to possible exposure, said Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety. “Both were advised to get tested and to see their private personal care providers for further evaluation if needed,” Schwartz said.

She said no MCCC staff have reported having COVID-19.

The facility is working with the state Department of Health’s Maui District Office and the National Guard to implement mass testing of affected inmates and staff, Schwartz said.

The positive inmate test — the first at the facility — was reported Monday, with the department saying the inmate had been in mandatory intake quarantine after being recently admitted into the jail and would be in medical isolation.

Medical isolation is separating someone who had direct contact with someone with COVID-19 to prevent their contact with others to reduce the risk of transmission.

Quarantine is separating those who may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 to monitor for symptoms of the disease.

As of Tuesday, the department reported 286 COVID-19 tests had been administered to Maui jail inmates, with one positive, one inconclusive and 284 negative results.

In other matters, Roselani Place, Maui’s Assisted Living Community, earlier this week reported one new COVID-19 case among its residents. The resident is asymptomatic and isolating, according to an update from Roselani.

At the county’s regular news conference Wednesday afternoon, Maui County Deputy Managing Director Josiah Nishita said the state DOH recently announced that CVS Health Longs Drugs will be administering COVID-19 vaccines throughout Hawaii effective Feb. 11.

Longs Drugs in Kahului will provide the service on Maui while supplies last. Maui County is currently in phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, which includes those 75 years of age and older and frontline essential workers, he said.

Registration is required through cvs.com. All walk-ins will be turned away, Nishita said. 

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com. Staff Writer Dakota Grossman contributed to this report.

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