HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Oct. 26, 2020
Governor Signs Stay-At-Home Order for Lāna‘i
As Lāna‘i continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the island is being put under a stay-at-home order starting tomorrow to mitigate the spread of the virus. The order was signed by Gov. David Ige this morning. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said, “With the rapidly rising positive COVID-19 case count, this is an important step to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of this vulnerable community on Lāna‘i … For now, we recommend that residents and visitors, who are able, immediately shelter in place at their home or place of lodging. Trips outside should be for essential needs only, such as purchasing food, or medical visits. Everyone must wear masks in public.” The order also restricts travel to and from Lāna‘i for essential work or medical purposes only. All other travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days. To view the order:
Governor Welcomes Critically Needed Healthcare Workers to Supplement Local Healthcare Team
About 50 out-of-state healthcare workers attended an onboarding session today, as they arrived to help supplement local healthcare teams in Hawai‘i. Gov. Ige visited them at the St. Francis Healthcare System in Liliha. This now makes more than 170 additional medical employees that are here in Hawai‘i to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll be here through Dec. 26, 2020. The healthcare workers were contracted by DOH through Ohio-based “ProLink Services,” to bolster staffing at both Hawai‘i hospitals and long-term care facilities.
The effort to staff post-acute care facilities is being coordinated by DOH and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH). The job roles were strategically selected to provide maximum value to the state. Individual staff may not remain at the same facility for the duration of their employment. Employees can be quickly mobilized into a “strike team” to assist specific nursing homes or hospitals, should a COVID-19 cluster emerge. Gov. David Ige said, “I thank DOH and our many partners for making today a reality. Our local healthcare employees have been working diligently, around the clock, making many personal sacrifices to ensure that the facilities they work in and our communities are safe and the spread COVID-19 is prevented. These traveling medical professionals will support and bolster Hawaiʻi’s healthcare workforce, should we experience a surge in cases.”
DOH Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said, “All arriving personnel have met rigorous health and safety standards in the fight against COVID-19. They are licensed, fully trained and ready to work in Hawaiʻi’s long-term care facilities.” ProLink’s supplemental personnel working in Hawaiʻi’s acute care hospitals have already undergone orientation and are on the job across the state.To view more:
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Thirty-eight (38) New COVID-19 Cases Reported
Thirty-eight (38) new COVID-19 cases were reported today by DOH. Of those cases, 26 were on O‘ahu, nine (9) were on Hawai‘i Island, one (1) on Kaua‘i, and two (2) were diagnosed out of state.
No new cases on Lāna‘i were reported today. As a result of deduplication, the total number of confirmed cases from Lāna‘i since March 1, 2020 has been reduced to 79. The active cluster currently includes 77 confirmed and three (3) probable cases for a total cluster count of 80 cases. Large social gatherings likely contributed to this outbreak. Household transmission has been a factor in the case counts. DOH is engaging with the Lāna‘i healthcare community to enhance outreach, testing, and contact tracing.
COVID Tables to Reflect Breakdown of Island Case Count
As of today, the counts of COVID-19 cases presented on the Disease Outbreak Control Division’s (DOCD) COVID-19 web page will be changed to show the counts by island rather than by county. This will provide a more detailed description of where cases are reported and where disease activity is occurring at a more local level. This change from county to island will also be implemented in the counts shown in the DOCD map dashboard tables. The data is updated daily at noon. To view more:
Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, Oct. 26, 2020
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