“Despite our best efforts to prevent COVID-19 from entering our facility, we can confirm that we have had a total of one staff member and four residents test positive for COVID-19,” the review said. The staff member who had been exposed to a COVID-19 case outside of Hale Nani, was first confirmed positive on June 12, and the residents are all on the same unit where the employee worked.
Residents and their caregivers first tested negative, but one of the residents later developed symptoms and was taken to hospital, testing positive, on June 14. The resident remains in hospital, while the others have been placed in solitary confinement. Two residents tested positive by 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests, but active virus has yet to be confirmed by nasal swab tests.
“Thank God all infected individuals are completely asymptomatic and stable,” said Dr. Scott Miscovich, owner of Hawaii’s Premier Medical Group, which is conducting the trials for approximately 250 residents and nearly 550 people. “This news highlights the importance of screening for asymptomatic people in cluster settings.”
Hale Nani began testing all residents and staff for the virus on June 16. Tests will be repeated a week and two weeks later, until all are negative, Miscovich said. In the meantime, if an employee or resident has symptoms, they will be tested again immediately.
“Triggering if the measure is limited to a parish which has 17 total residents. You keep checking weekly until no positives are found so that you know how easy it is to be disease free, ”he said. “It is a respiratory virus that the bodies have never seen. Until we develop a vaccine, it will continue to spread. People shouldn’t be listening to all the myths that summer or change over time will reduce our exposure. ”
The Ministry of Health said it is working on a surveillance plan and is working with all 48 long-term care facilities over the course of five months on the infection control coronavirus and mitigation strategies.
“The most important thing we can do to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes is so that the facilities are implementing proven infection control procedures”, including wearing medical masks , as well as screening residents and staff for frequent symptoms of disinfection and minimizing floating health care workers, said the HEALTH department spokesperson for Janice Okubo. “Unfortunately, not all clusters are avoidable, but having his infection control strategies in place can reduce the frequency and extent of COVID-19 clusters in nursing homes.”
Hale Nani said he is screening all individuals before they enter the facility. If they report signs of the coronavirus, they are sent home. The establishment is only allowing essential visitors or suppliers to sign on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, staff and visitors should wear personal protective equipment.
“We are working diligently to limit the spread of the virus to other residents of the facility,” the administration said. “We will continue to implement the directions that have been provided by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Health Departments as we fight to have our residents and security personnel. ”
Meanwhile, Maunalani Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said a COVID-19-positive employee who is not involved in patient care is at home with no breathing problems. The center requires a negative coronavirus test result before the individual can return to work. All employees and residents in the 100-bed facility were offered free COVID-19 tests, and all returned negative, said Sai Chantavy, chief executive officer of Maunalani. HRD was also investigating two positive cases among workers at another long-term care facility Oahu, Kalakaua Jardins.
“The tests are not going to keep the virus from walking into the door,” Chantavy said. “The installation of warnings from their staff as well as from the community that everyone is vulnerable during this pandemic.”
Hawaii recorded five new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday – four on the island of Oahu and on the Big Island, bringing the scale of the total state of infections since the beginning of the epidemic of 744. The state of number of new COVID-19 cases so far in June 96 has already doubled the total of 45 new cases registered in May. Of the more than 63,243 coronavirus tests performed to date by state and clinical laboratories, approximately 1.2% have been positive.
As of today, 88 infections in Hawaii are active with a total of 639 patients now considered recovered since the start of the epidemic in February. The state of the coronavirus death count remained unchanged at 17.