2 deaths, dozens of new cases reported as COVID-19 clusters emerge on Hawaii Island

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HILO, Hawaii (KHON2) — Two deaths and more infections are being reported in a number of coronavirus clusters on the Big Island.

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Over at the Hilo Medical Center, one death related to the virus was reported on Oct. 4. This brings the death toll at the facility to three. Officials said that there are 12 patients hospitalized with COVID-19: two are in the ICU, nine are in the COVID unit and one is in the hospital’s extended care facility.

Among the clusters that emerged on the island is the Life Care Center of Hilo.

(Courtesy of Life Care Center of Hilo)

In their latest COVID-19 update, the nursing home reported that one of their residents died on Oct. 3.

Life Care Center also reported two new COVID infections: one resident and one associate. The resident is receiving care in the nursing home’s COVID-19 unit and the associate is recovering at home.

This brings the resident COVID case total to 23 and the death toll to two at the nursing home.

Life Care Center said that there are 16 active cases at the facility. Four other residents are receiving proactive treatment at Hilo Medical Center and one resident is receiving care at another facility.

As for associates, a total of seven people tested positive. But since the beginning of the outbreak at the nursing home, four have recovered and only three active cases remain.

(Courtesy of the University of the Nations)

In the Kailua-Kona area, the University of the Nations confirmed that 26 people tested positive for the virus on their campus. This is according to their website post on Oct. 3.

The university reported that four of the cases are travel-related and that the other 22 are due to community spread.

(Courtesy of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home)

Over in the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, Avalon Health Care provided some good news. There were no new cases or deaths reported on Oct. 4. Officials added that all of their employees and 42 residents recovered from the virus.

Avalon Health Care reported a total of 27 COVID-related deaths and 106 positive cases (71 residents and 35 employees) since the outbreak at the facility began.

For the state’s Oct. 4 COVID-19 update, click here.

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