Mayor Michael Victorino outlined steps his administration has taken to help ensure the County of Maui is protected against the spread of COVID-19, during a press conference Thursday afternoon, alongside a number of county and state partners.
“Although Maui County has no confirmed coronavirus cases, we have been taking proactive measures to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our people,” Mayor Victorino said. “We continue to review and prepare continuity of operations plans for each of our departments, so critical services will continue throughout a potential outbreak of the virus.”
Among the steps the County of Maui is taking include:
- Implementing a directive that suspends out-of-state travel for County of Maui employees.
- Seeking a $4 million budget amendment from the Maui County Council for preparations, mitigation, response and recovery of the coronavirus.
- Recommending the cancellation or postponement of events with large gatherings of people that would prevent social distancing measures.
- Finalizing continuity of operations plans for each County of Maui department, ensuring that critical public services will continue throughout a potential outbreak. This includes fire, police, water, solid waste, sewage, roads and public transportation.
- Repeating previous requests to the federal government on implementing a temporary ban on all cruise ships docking in Hawaii to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
- Maintaining a comprehensive inventory of Maui County supplies and additional resources.
- Continuing the multiple-per-day disinfection of Maui Bus and paratransit vehicles. Air-conditioning filters also are being replaced more frequently.
- Ensuring that parks facilities, including restrooms, are fully stocked with supplies.
- Increasing sanitizing measures in County departments by three-fold. This includes wiping down elevator buttons, door handles, counter tops and guardrails.
- Recommending that all County employees stay home if they are ill.
- Regular meetings with various groups in the community, including tourism industry officials, local businesses, service providers and nonprofit leaders, to discuss impacts on their operations and services as well as how the County can assist.
- Activated the Emergency Operations Center, which continues to host video calls with the Governor’s Office, state Department of Health and neighbor island counties.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation and my administration is taking action each day to coordinate efforts and be ready to execute emergency plans,” Mayor Victorino said. “I want to thank our first responders, state transportation officials, healthcare professionals and County Council Chair Alice Lee for partnering with us to protect Maui County.”
General information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be found on the County of Maui’s website at mauicounty.gov. For primary sources of information and updates, please visit the State DOH website at https://health.hawaii.gov/ and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/.