Governor's updates for Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Governor Ige Joins People Statewide in Extending Condolences to Victim’s Families
“We are saddened by these additional deaths and the toll the pandemic is taking on the families and friends of those affected,” said Gov. Ige. “This is a serious disease especially for those with pre-existing health conditions and older adults. It is critical that we all comply with the stay at home order, practice social distancing, and continue to wear a mask whenever we go out to protect others.” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement on the fifth COVID-19-related death in Maui County: "A fifth death related to COVID-19 in Maui County has been confirmed by the Department of Health. Joycelyn and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this Maui County resident. We mourn for each and every person lost to this virus, and ask the community to surround each family with love and support.
Department of Health:
Two Additional COVID-19 Deaths Brings Hawai‘i Total to Twelve
The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health is reporting two additional coronavirus related deaths late last night. These deaths bring the total in the state to twelve (12) since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020.
Deaths occurred on O‘ahu and on Maui and both are men, 65-years-old, or older. On O‘ahu, the man had underlying health conditions and was hospitalized in late March. After getting better, he had been discharged, but his health subsequently declined and he passed away at home yesterday. On Maui, the man who passed also had underlying health conditions. He had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) since late last year. This person’s death is considered related to the MMMC cluster, which as of yesterday had 36 staff and 20 patients under investigation as potentially associated with the cluster.
DOH investigators continue to closely monitor a number of clusters of COVID-19 across the state. At Maui Memorial Medical Center, as of yesterday, there are 56 people under investigation as potentially associated with a cluster. 36 are staff members and 20 are patients.
At McDonalds restaurants at Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i island a total of 32 people are under investigation as potentially associated with a cluster. 19 employees at three (3) separate locations and 13 household contacts. No customers are identified as part of this cluster.