A string of three COVID-19 cases have been reported at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.
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Department of Health Spokeswoman Janice Okubo said the patient is in isolation at Hale Nani, and the diagnosis was found because of voluntary testing.
“Residents and staff on the affected unit were negative on an initial round of testing, and extensive infection control precautions were promptly implemented,” she said in an emailed statement. “However, because the virus can incubate for up to 14 days, it is possible that additional cases may continue to be identified in the coming days, even in persons who previously tested negative.”
All residents and staff at the facility will be tested as a “precaution,” she said, and those who work and live in the affected unit will be tested in “repeat rounds” in the near future.
Okubo said other infection control measures are in place, and department is in “daily contact” with Hale Nani administrators.
According to DOH officials, this is the third COVID-19 case among a nursing home resident in Hawaii. Four other employees at long term care facilities have been infected in the state to date.
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