Hale Makua care home on Maui reports a positive COVID case in 1 staffer

Hale Makua care home on Maui reports a positive COVID case in 1 staffer
Hale Makua, Maui, Kahului location. (Source: File)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hale Makua senior care home says a staffer at the Kahului location has tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the facility said Saturday that the positive result was found after a round of baseline testing that included 195 residents and 354 staff members.

Earlier this week, a resident was diagnosed with coronavirus, but Hale Makua says the two cases are not related as they did not have any contact, and are in different areas of the facility.

Administrators say the positive employee is asymptomatic and is in quarantine at home.

“Although this is unfortunate news, it reminds us that there may be asymptomatic individuals in the community so following all COVID-19 precautions is still extremely important,” Hale Makua CEO Wes Lo said.

“With the recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases on Maui, I’m hopeful that with the rollout of the vaccine we will be able to slowly take steps back to normalcy again and our residents will be reunited with their loved ones,” Lo added.

No other positive results have come back. They plan to re-test all residents and staff twice more in the next two weeks.

Vaccinations have begun there where 80% of residents and 40% of staff opted to get the shot. The next vaccine clinic at the home will take place in late January. Wailuku residents and staff will receive their first vaccines on Jan. 11.

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