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25 COVID patients being treated at Maui Memorial; 14 additional workers test positive

Maui Memorial battles another round of positive cases
Maui Memorial battles another round of positive cases
Updated: Aug. 24, 2020 at 7:22 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui Health is caring for 25 COVID-positive patients, according to an update Monday.

The hospital says they’ve also identified 14 new positive cases in health care workers total since last Thursday.

They say as a part of a comprehensive plan, nearly 1,500 tests have been conducted on Maui Health’s healthcare workers since Aug. 12.

“We are unaware of any other health care facility in the state that is conducting such testing, which has been vital in our efforts to further understand the prevalence of the virus in the hospital, allowing for the identification of symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals to further mitigate viral transmission,” the hospital said in Monday’s update.

Their mass testing efforts will continue in the coming days.

Maui Memorial Medical Center is the island’s largest hospital. Hospital administrators have previously faced criticism early on for their handling of outbreaks and communication with staff.

The update comes as Maui County continues to deal with its 125 active cases.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino held off on instituting new rules on Monday, saying medical experts have advised the administration to continue enforcing the 14-day quarantine, especially for travelers from Oahu.

“Right now, the cases that we do and are involved in are surges within our health as well as our longterm care facilities. These are more confined issues and spread very quickly amongst that population because of the (fragility) as well as close quarters,” he said.

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