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23 hospitalized with COVID at Maui Memorial

The Maui News

Maui Memorial Medical Center was treating 23 patients with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, a 60 percent increase from two weeks ago, county and hospital officials said.

Of the hospitalized patients, 14 were vaccinated — including four who’d received a booster shot — and nine were unvaccinated, according to Maui Health. Three patients were in the ICU, all vaccinated and boosted, while two were on a ventilator, both vaccinated and boosted.

“Throughout this pandemic, the residents of Maui County have worked together to slow the spread of COVID-19 to help protect our health care resources,” Maui Memorial Chief Medical Director Dr. Michael Shea and Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said in a joint statement on Wednesday. “We ask that you continue to do your part with respectful masking, staying informed, and by practicing COVIDsense.”

Shea and Victorino said that while masks are no longer required in most public places, residents should still wear them where transmission risk is high, such as indoor spaces like offices, restaurants and bars, retail shops and public transportation, or in outdoor spaces when in close, prolonged contact with people outside their own household.

Maui County was averaging 113 new cases per day and a 16.6 percent test positivity rate as of Wednesday, state Department of Health data show. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated Maui County to the highest risk level (red) for COVID-19 community transmission on May 19, according to Shea and Victorino.

On Sunday, Maui Memorial began limiting visitors to one per patient, per day, for a maximum of two hours a day during the hours of 12 to 6 p.m. All eligible visitors 12 years of age and older regardless of vaccination status will be allowed entry. Children ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

All visitors will be screened at the hospital entrance for temperature and any signs or symptoms consistent with a virus. Visitors must wear the provided mask at all times while in the facility, including during their visit in the patient’s room. The mask cannot be removed, even to eat or drink.

They must also wear a badge provided by security that includes the room and bed they are visiting and must limit their movement to a direct path to and from the person they are visiting.

Special circumstances include:

• Women in labor, who are permitted one designated visitor for their entire stay, and may also designate a midwife or doula to be present during labor and through delivery.

• Pediatric patients, who may have one parent or guardian with them at all times.

• Patients with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, who will be allowed reasonable modifications to allow for support person visitation.

• Procedural/surgical patients, who may have one support person accompany them to Ambulatory Care Services and return to meet the patient when they are ready for discharge.

• Outpatients, who may have one support person accompany them to the treatment area and return when they are ready for discharge.

• End-of-life and significant changes in condition, in which visitors are not to exceed two.

• Behavioral health and Emergency Department, which will not allow visitors unless clinically indicated. Each request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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