Some Hawaii hospitals update visitor policies amid increase of coronavirus hospitalizations


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Anyone who wants to visit someone at Queen’s Medical Center has to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The rules are different at Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital (QNHCH) on the Big Island.

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QNHCH just reinstated its “no visitor” policy. Exceptions will be made for newborn and end-of-life visits and only one visitor will be allowed per patient.

Maui Memorial is not allowing any visitors barring a few exceptions; including when a person is in labor or when a parent comes in with a child who is a patient.

No visitors are being allowed in the emergency department at Kona Community Hospital and Hilo Medical Center.

The hospitals said they are taking the measures after seeing a surge of COVID-19 patients. According to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, there were 155 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the State of Hawaii as of Aug. 4.

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