Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2:55 a.m. HST
One of our associates, who is not a caregiver, experienced worsening allergy and sinus symptoms on Thursday, Oct. 15. She stayed home on Oct. 16 and took a COVID-19 test on Oct. 22. Her results came back positive. She reports that her symptoms started clearing on Monday and felt back to normal on Friday. She remains at home in isolation with her family under the supervision of the Department of Health.
When one individual test results are positive, resident or staff, we are required to start weekly testing for all of us, which was initiated the day we found out that this associate’s test results.
I am delighted to report to you that all resident and staff test results came back negative.
We are blessed to have very responsible employees who have taken necessary precautions and willing to do what it takes to protect their loved ones and everyone here at Hale. We also have had the opportunity to work closely with the Department of Health, including a visit from them and the CDC epidemiologist a week ago. This special visit was a courtesy. They were in town touring other centers in who have experienced active virus. We genuinely appreciate their insights, recommendations and support. It really strengthens our preparedness.
We have one more round of testing, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday this coming week. If all our results return negative again this week, we will go back to monthly testing, depending on our county’s positivity rate.
As always, thank you for your love and support as we move forward together on this journey.
Gail Kahookele, executive director