Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement on the presumptive positive COVID-19 case on Maui:
“As we notified the public Saturday night, my administration was informed earlier in the evening (March 14) that the test result for one Person Under Investigation here on Maui was returned positive for COVID-19. We are receiving continuous updates from the Hawaii Department of Health as they gather information and trace back this individual’s steps on the island.
We were informed that the individual is a Canadian flight attendant and their last flight was on March 8. The individual’s symptom onset began March 9.
DOH informed us that the risk to any passengers on the individual’s flight is very low. We also understand that this individual was exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case in Germany on March 4. A specimen was collected on March 11 and the individual stayed in self isolation at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
Following the positive test result yesterday, the individual was moved by American Medical Response to isolation at a facility in Lahaina away from the public. State DOH officials continue to assist and monitor the individual’s health and safety.
I’m asking everyone to continue doing their part to limit the spread of this virus. We also need to remain calm, especially for our children as we begin to see more confirmed cases statewide.
We are developing plans for more screening and testing of residents and visitors in Maui County. This will strengthen ongoing efforts to flatten the curve of an outbreak and decrease the strain on our healthcare resources. I hope to announce these efforts very soon.
I want to remind the public that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we are working tirelessly for the people of Maui County.”
General information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be found on the County of Maui’s website at mauicounty.gov. For more information and updates, please visit the State DOH website at https://health.hawaii.gov/ and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/.