Our COVID-19 Updates

Hale Ku`ike Bayside Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

July 31, 2020

A single employee at the adult residential care home Hale Kūʻike Bayside tested positive for COVID-19 today.

This is the first case of COVID in any of the organization’s three locations, including Bayside in Kaneohe.

In early March, the organization’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Team designed a comprehensive plan of action that could be immediately deployed in such an event.

Management has identified those who may have been in close contact with this employee prior to the onset of symptoms, as outlined in that response plan. No matter the level of contact, the 24 residents and 42 staff at the Bayside home are receiving a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab test. All residents and employees will be re-tested in one week. There is also a moratorium on new admissions until the home is determined to be free of cases.

In addition, all residents and staff in the other two locations (Nu`uanu and Pali) are being tested tomorrow.

The positive individual last worked Wednesday and is currently self-isolating. The home has confirmed that this employee does not work at any of its other locations, nor does the individual work for any other employer.

“The safety of all who live and work here is our greatest concern,” explains David Fitzgerald, president. “We will continue to work closely with the Hawai`i Department of Health and follow our COVID emergency response protocols, based on guidance from DOH and current national standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in determining future actions.”

The company implements best practices from the CDC, WHO, DOH and Healthcare Association of Hawai`i. In early March, the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team updated plans and procedures to reduce risk and to guide response to positive cases. Since March 11, 2020, these stringent infection controls have included:

  • No visitors
  • No outside non-emergency outings for residents
  • tringent health screenings for all staff
  • Increased disinfection of high-touch and high-traffic areas
  • Creation of a COVID Isolation Unit to care for residents, if needed

Our COVID-19 Risk Reduction Efforts

June 11, 2020

Aloha,

At Hale Ku’ike, we have always stood by our commitment to ensure the safety, security, health, and well-being of our residents and staff. The COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020 called for unprecedented measures that we had to implement to help safeguard our residents and staff at all of our facilities.

As the state of Hawaii continues to open up businesses and services, we will continue to keep our safety protocols in place. These include:

  • Monitoring the health of all residents daily
  • Screening all staff before the start of each shift
  • Requiring all staff to wear face masks and other protective equipment
  • Implementing stringent return-to-work policies for staff
  • Disinfecting high-touch and high-traffic areas regularly
  • Exercising physical distancing best practices, particularly while dining and doing activities
  • Suspending all non-essential visits
  • Facilitating virtual visits, phone calls and other non-physical connections between our residents and their families

We continue to closely monitor and implement COVID-19 prevention guidelines and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and other local, state, and federal agencies.

We all look forward to a time when we can once again open our doors to families and friends to connect with our residents. Until then, we will continue to exercise the highest precautions to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy.

Mahalo,

David Fitzgerald, President, and the Hale Ku'ike COVID-19 Crisis Response Team