Additional death reported, tied to a Big Island veteran’s care home

Hawaii County reports 6th coronavirus fatality at Hilo care home for veterans

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Medical officials on Hawaii Island reported an additional death Sunday afternoon of a patient from the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.

Officials say the total number of fatalities at the home is up to 7, but this is after confusion brought on by 1 recently removed case from the total count.

“However, there is a correction of 5 total deaths related to COVID-19 with significant, underlying health issues. According to details from Avalon Healthcare, the managing company running the veterans home operations, one resident who passed had a pending PCR test, tested positive with the rapid/antigen test at the Emergency Department. PCR results that came back that last night was negative, according to Avalon.”

When asked for clarification on Sunday, hospital officials confirmed there were seven deaths tied to the facility so far -- all of which have not yet been included in the statewide tally.

Residents who have tested positive are being cared for in a designated area at the care home.

In total, three residents from the care home are currently hospitalized at the Hilo Medical Center, and a total of 55 residents and 18 employees have tested positive. Just five have recovered.

Hilo Medical Center also reports that there are 14 total COVID-positive patients that are hospitalized: 5 in ICU, 9 in a COVID Unit.

This story may be updated.

Copyright 2020 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.