Per CDC infection control protocol, Maui Health operating the Maui Memorial Medical Center can now acknowledge that they have an employee confirmed by the Hawaii State Department of Health as having COVID-19.
MMMC officials say the individual is in good condition and is isolated to prevent the spread of infection to others.
“Our best wishes go to the employee for a rapid and full recovery,” officials with MMMC said in a statement. “Maui Health is handling this case with the utmost respect to privacy, while also working closely with the DOH to ensure that patients, employees, family, friends, and anyone who has been in close contact are screened. Please understand that out of respect for this individual’s privacy, additional details about this case will not be shared publicly.”
Maui Health has been taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of infection among its employees, staff, and community. These steps have included asking sick employees to stay home, canceling large meetings and staff travel, increasing the use of teleworking among staff, encouraging social distancing, and promoting other important preventative measures in all of our facilities.
Additionally, this Wednesday, March 25, in conjunction with Mayor Victorino’s emergency “work from home and stay at home” order, MMMC will institute a no-visitor policy at all our hospitals and facilities. No visitors will be permitted, with the exception of Pediatrics and OB, which will be limited to one visitor per patient. Also, all elective surgeries and procedures will be canceled.
Hospital officials say the no visitor policy helps to ensure they have the capacity and equipment to care for the most critically ill patients.