Mayor Caldwell tests negative for COVID-19 after cases spread at Honolulu Hale

Mayor Caldwell tests negative for COVID-19 after cases spread at Honolulu Hale

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was tested for COVID-19 on Monday after a positive case in his office, and many more at Honolulu Hale.

By Monday night, his result came back negative.

He got tested after a confirmed case in an office staffer, but his concerns for exposure were low.

“I’m feeling pretty certain that I’m going to test negative because the person in my office, I really don’t come into contact with them at all and the people coming in contact with one of them tested negative,” Caldwell told Hawaii News Now.

There have been at least 10 COVID-19 cases at Honolulu Hale ― an outbreak that prompted free, wide-scale testing to be offered to city employees on Monday.

Officials said at least 1,000 city employees were to be tested.

“It was determined that the best and most effective way for these employees that are working for the city and county knowing that they use these public spaces was to do broad scale testing,” said Dr. Scott Miscovich of Premier Medical Group.

Additionally, Caldwell says Honolulu Hale will be closed effective at 4:30 p.m. Monday except for limited interactions with the public. Most city workers will be working remotely until further notice.

“I am also urging that at the close of business today that all legislative branch employees when possible work from elsewhere outside of Honolulu Hale,” said Council Chair Ikaika Anderson.

Anderson says Wednesday’s council meeting will be postponed and will be rescheduled in a different format.

Oahu is consistently seeing triple-digit increases in new corona virus infections, and Health Department officials have warned that the virus is spreading uncontrolled in the community.

Since the start of the pandemic, some 48 city employees have tested positive for COVID-19. That number includes firefighters, paramedics and other city employees.

Daryl Frederick got tested Monday. He works for the Design and Construction Department in the Frank Fasi building.

“I get these results in about 5 days. The first time I took the test which was about three days and hopefully this one will be negative as well,” he said.

“The mood is pretty jovial. People are just going through the motions. I think a lot of people are anxious and eager to learn what their results are,” he added.

Copyright 2020 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.