A repeated round of testing of residents and staff over the weekend at Oahu’s largest nursing facility has led to three more COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 15.

The two residents and one staff member lived and worked in the same building wing, said Dr. Scott Miscovich, who is leading the testing effort as head of Premier Medical Group Hawaii.

“The good news is everything is contained in the affected floor,” Miscovich said in an interview Monday. “All of the positive patients we’ve been getting have been completely asymptomatic.”

Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.
Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home is dealing with a string of 15 COVID-19 cases. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The first case in a nurse was detected June 12 at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. There are now nine residents and six staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Another round of facility-wide testing will commence this Tuesday. Facility administrators plan to test weekly until there are at least two weeks with no new cases found.

The most recent round of 600 tests were conducted June 16-17, with follow-up tests of residents and staff who lived on the affected unit on June 20.

All staff members who tested positive are in self-isolation and will be quarantined until medically cleared, according to Hale Nani officials. Five residents have been hospitalized, and four are at Hale Nani in a dedicated COVID unit.

“Any residents who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or have had an exposure but do not have a confirmed positive test will be cared for in an isolation setting on the isolation unit in private rooms whenever possible with dedicated staff,” Hale Nani administrators wrote in an online post. “There are specific CDC guidelines about cohorting of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 residents.”

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