The COVID-19 outbreak first surfaced in Hawaii in March, but cases in various types of elderly care facilities were not identified by state health officials until recently.
Community Care Foster Family Homes are state-licensed smaller operations where care is provided to kupuna in a residential setting, and they are not subject to federal rules restricting visitors at larger nursing homes.
On Monday, Rep. John Mizuno, chair of the House Health Committee, and Rep. Rida Cabanilla, a registered nurse, called for more testing at elderly care facilities and urged facilities to stay in compliance with federal infection control and prevention guidelines.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic, we must learn from the mistakes and devastation of the elderly population in nursing homes everywhere from Seattle to Brazil,” Cabanilla said in a statement. “As lawmakers we need to implement these CDC guidelines to assure adequate protection of our kupuna and save lives.”
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