Molokai man tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Maui County officials confirmed on April 2 that a Molokai resident tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Maui Mayor Mike Victorino, the County has been notified of this case. The mayor revealed that the patient is an adult man who had a possible travel history, having traveled to Las, Vegas Nevada.

Representative Lynn Decoite, who represents Molokai, said the person is a worker at the Friendly Market Center, one of two major grocery markets on Molokai. She said that person was quarantining at home.

“They told that person that, ‘You need to self quarantine’. The person self quarantined himself and did not return to work is what I’ve been told,” said Decoite. 

She said the store has chosen to close.

“We are trying to work with them, and see if we can get the store cleaned up as much as possible,” said Decoite. “Also allow the employees in the establishment as well as its owners the opportunity to be screened.”

The Hawaii Department of Health is currently investigating the matter and any close contacts made by the individual.

County officials say the man was airlifted to Oahu for further care. He is currently hospitalized on Oahu.

“I want to let our Molokai residents know that my primary focus and concern continues to be for their health and safety. We will do everything we can to support our Molokai community and ensure they receive essential supplies and services. I ask everyone to stay home, practice social distancing and treat each other with aloha during this uncertain time,” said Mayor Victorino.

Because of the confirmed case, the Hawaii State Department of Education suspended the Grab-and-Go meal service at Molokai High.

“We will notify the community when service is able to resume. The confirmed case does not directly involve someone in the school community; however, we have made this decision out of an abundance of caution,” said HIDOE.

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