Updated: Monday, November 9, 11:05 a.m. HST
At Ka Punawai Ola, the safety of our residents and the peace of mind of their loved ones are our highest priorities.
On Friday, Nov. 6, we learned that one of our full-time, non-direct care associates tested positive for COVID-19 at a local doctor’s office. The associate last worked in the facility on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and had no direct contact with residents. The associate’s work area was deep cleaned on Oct. 27.
When we received the notification, we notified the state health department and started the process of contacting every resident, resident family member and staff member, to inform them of the positive test.
At this point, no resident or other associate in our building has tested positive for COVID-19. As a part of our monthly surveillance testing, all 142 associates tested negative this week using our point of care, rapid result machine. Per the health department, no additional testing is required for associates or residents due to this positive case.
We understand the 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. All residents and associates continue to be monitored multiple times per day. And every associate is screened when they arrive for work and when they leave, including checking temperature and monitoring for any symptoms or concerns. Currently, no other residents or associates are symptomatic.
Out of an abundance of caution and for closer surveillance of our residents and associates, outdoor visitation will be postponed for one week. Therefore, all visits scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 12, have been cancelled. Although in-person visitation will be unavailable for a few days, we’re happy to coordinate phone calls, video chats or window visits.
If no other new cases come up, we will resume outdoor visits on Friday, Nov. 13. Please call our activities department at 808-674-9262, ext. 113, to tentatively schedule an outdoor visit.
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