State Health Officials Begin Contact Tracing After Maui Contractor Working at Molokai General Hospital Tests Positive for COVID-19

05.13.2021

HONOLULU – The Queen’s Health Systems (Queen’s) recently was informed that a Maui-based contractor who had been working in a non-clinical, closed area of Molokai General Hospital (MGH) has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was a third-party contractor who had no contact with any of the hospital’s patients, and had been working in an area of MGH that had been closed for construction last week. At this time, Queen’s can confirm that two members of the contractor team have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, none are hospitalized.

The safety of patients and caregivers is Queen’s highest priority. Queen’s follows strict guidelines as established by the CDC and state Department of Health (DOH) to ensure the safest, highest-quality care throughout our hospitals and clinics. As part of those guideline protocols, comprehensive contact tracing is ongoing in cooperation with the DOH and other officials. Importantly, no MGH  staff member has tested positive at this time, and 83% of MGH’s workforce has been vaccinated.

MGH leadership and its caregivers have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to ensure that no exposures occur in their hospital. Reflecting our commitment to the community, MGH has vaccinated a large portion of the residents of Molokai, with 56% of fully-vaccinated individuals receiving their vaccine from an MGH provider.

As with all communities across the globe, community spread within our islands has been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. That concern will remain until each community reaches herd immunity. Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to reach herd immunity, and until that time, everyone must remain vigilant in deploying all known protective measures – including masking, physical distancing and frequent hand washing – while being particularly mindful to stay at home should you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, loss of the sense of taste or smell, cough, shortness of breath, or nausea/vomiting. This advice is especially important during this time with known COVID infection within the community.

As the largest health care system in Hawaiʻi, Queen’s believes it has a duty to be as transparent as possible while preserving the privacy of its patients and caregivers. Due to HIPAA guidelines, we will not be releasing any names or demographic information about any affected individuals.

Anyone with questions may call the Queen’s COVID Infoline at 808-691-2619. Additionally, members of the community wishing to be tested for COVID because they feel they may have  been exposed are invited to do so at MGH.

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