Updated: Monday, October 12, 7:00 a.m. HST
At Ka Punawai Ola, the safety of our residents and the peace of mind for loves ones are our highest priorities.
Last week, we tested 147 associates and 75 residents. We are thankful to report that all results came back negative. As long as there are no positive result(s) moving forward, residents will no longer need to test on a weekly basis. However, we will continue to test our hemodialysis residents due to possible exposure in the community. As we have since the beginning of the outbreak, residents will be monitored multiple times per day for signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
On Monday, October 12, Ka Punawai Ola officially graduates from the outbreak testing requirement from our direct care associate who tested positive on September 27.
Associates and community partners will continue testing once a week, as the new posted rate on October 6 put Honolulu County at 5.3%. Family members will continue to receive updates on any new positive cases, staff results, and/or changes to testing frequency given the county positivity rates.
This virus is still a very real problem, and we remain vigilant. We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19.
We continue to work in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Health and the local health department and will follow any guidance they provide. We appreciate their continued support, as well as the support of the community.
Jena Reyes-Caday, executive director