Maui Now: Maui Hospital Visit Limited to Outdoor COVID-19 Response Areas

By Wendy Osher

Several local government leaders made a site visit yesterday of the Maui Memorial Medical Center, including Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, state Senators Gil Keith-Agaran and Rosalyn Baker, and state Representatives Justin Woodson and Troy Hashimoto.

The visit was limited to an outdoor tour of the hospital’s COVID-19 response areas due to the no-visitor policy currently in place to further protect patients and employees from the virus.

Mayor Victorino said the tour allowed him to see the hospital’s upgrades and changes.  “I was quite pleased at what I saw, but the proof is in the pudding and we’re going to work hard.  They’re working hard to make sure you would be safe if and when you need to go to the hospital–whether it’s the ER or any other services provided.”

The Maui hospital had the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases under investigation in the state. The number of individuals linked to the Maui Hospital COVID-19 cluster currently stands at 58 individuals, including 38 staff and 20 patients.[1]  The latest positive case involves an elderly Lānaʻi woman[2] who contracted COVID-19 while she was hospitalized at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Screening and Meeting with Emergency Department 

The tour started with a fever and symptom screening, conducted by MMMC nurses.  The mayor and lawmakers were provided with masks and wore a screening verification sticker during their visit.

According to Maui Health, the group was greeted by members of the Emergency Operations Center, the Emergency Department, Employee Health and senior hospital leadership who shared information on efforts to keep patients, the the community and employees safe.

The group was shown the Emergency Department outdoor screening station where arriving patients go to get screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the emergency room.

“We are proud to welcome island leaders to our hospital and show them how we are caring for the community through this pandemic,” said Dr. Vijak X. Ayasanonda, vice chair of the emergency department in a Maui Health press release.  “We know this is an unsettling time, but we want to reassure our community that it is safe to receive care here.”

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