Mayor Michael Victorino announced that 800 PCR tests and 11,300 masks are being provided to Lanai residents and local health officials to assist COVID-19 operations on the island.
The County is also partnering to provide a virtual community meeting tomorrow, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., where the Hawaii National Guard will present COVID-19 health-related information for the Lanai community.
PCR tests and PPE for Lanai Community
Mayor Victorino will be traveling to Lanai tomorrow morning to coordinate emergency resources and support operations. Five hundred KN95 masks and 10,800 surgical masks will be flown over to the island along with five cases of gloves and sanitation/disinfectant materials.
The 800 PCR tests are already on island. The County has also partnered with the State of Hawaii and federal government to ready additional resources for surge testing capabilities.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green will be sending a few thousand surgical masks, cloth masks, sanitizer, cleaning solutions and gloves to Lanai, with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Crews will be disinfecting facilities and public places, including Lanai Airport, Manele Harbor, Lanai Senior Center and County offices.
“We want to thank our police and fire departments, Hawaii National Guard, Lt. Gov. Green and U.S. Coast Guard for helping to coordinate this effort,” Mayor Victorino said. “We also want to give a special thanks to Expeditions Lanai for helping to transport PPE to our Lanai community.”
The County continues to work closely with the Maui District Health Office, Maui Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii National Guard to provide necessary assistance to local officials with the Lanai Emergency Preparedness Medical Sector and Lanai Incident Command Post.
“MEMA and our Emergency Operations Center Command staff remains in constant contact with Lanai Incident Commanders Lt. Bryan Manlapao and Sgt. Kimberly Masse on any resource needs for the island,” MEMA Administrator Herman Andaya said.
Lanai Virtual Community Meeting
Lanai residents are strongly encouraged to attend the virtual community meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 23, at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.
Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/3ol3EoH.
The presentation will include information on signs and symptoms, chain of infection, PPE, mitigation steps and other guidance.
“We want to mahalo the Hawaii National Guard and its medical team as well as Sen. J. Kalani English and Rep. Lynn DeCoite for hosting this virtual meeting our Lanai community,” Mayor Victorino said.
Testing Saturday on Lanai
Testing will be available from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Old Dole Administration Building. Testing is by appointment ONLY. Please call Lanai Community Health Center at (808) 565-6919 or Straub Medical Center – Lanai Clinic at (808) 565-6423.
Additionally, the County has been notified that a group of passengers flew into Lanai Airport this afternoon on a chartered plane as part of a pre-planned organized trip. All passengers have completed the Safe Travels Digital Form, with confirmed negative tests from the State’s trusted testing and travel partners. The group was transported directly to their hotel, where they will remain for the duration of their stay and will not interact with the public.
“We are monitoring the situation on Lanai very closely and urge all our Lanai visitors and residents to continue wearing their masks, keeping physical distance from others and getting tested,” Mayor Victorino said. “I humbly ask for your prayers for all of our Lanai families as we overcome these challenges together.”
For more information on COVID-19 in Maui County, visit MauiCounty.gov or MauiNuiStrong.net.