Another round of testing conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has found one more COVID-19 case in another resident, the facility’s officials report.

Routine testing of all staff and residents has been conducted since the first positive case was found in a nurse on June 12.

To date, 16 people have tested positive for COVID-19, including 11 residents and five staff members. Six residents are in stable condition and isolated in a COVID-dedicated unit on the Hale Nani campus. Five other residents have been hospitalized.

Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.
Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home has found 16 cases of COVID-19 to date, after repeat testing of approximately 600 staff and residents. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

“All staff members who have tested positive are self-isolating at home and will not return to work until medically cleared to do so in accordance with CDC guidelines,” officials wrote. “All staff members are screened, and temperature checked before their shift and are sent home and tested if they report any signs or symptoms.”

Repeat testing is recommended for nursing homes with confirmed COVID-19 cases by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initial tests may not detect the disease if the virus is early in its development, which appears to be the case at Hale Nani.

A third round of testing will be conducted next week. Testing will continue until two weeks pass without any new cases.

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