Maui Mayor Michael Victorino urges the public to use “respectful masking” and practice “COVIDsense” in the midst of an increase in hospital admissions on Maui.
“Today, there are 23 patients with COVID-19 admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Center, three in the intensive care unit and two in respirators, which is an increase of over 60% from just two weeks ago, “said Mayor Victorino in a joint statement issued in afternoon with MMMC Chief Medical Director Michael Shea, MD.
“Through this pandemic, the people of Maui County have worked together to slow the spread of COVID-19 to help protect our health resources. We ask you to continue to do your part with respectful masking, staying informed and practicing. you COVIDsense“, was the statement.
The call comes in the middle of a ninth week in a row with increases in COVID-19 cases across the state, with 8,924 new infections reported in the past week and five new deaths. On Maui last week, there were 727 new cases, 26 on Molokaʻi and 18 on Lānaʻi. The new data was released today by the state Department of Health.
“Although masks are no longer required in most public places, it is more important than ever to wear your mask in situations where the risk of infection is high – such as indoor spaces such as offices, restaurants and bars, retail stores and public transport. Wearing masks outdoors and social distancing can also protect you and others when you are in close, long-term contact with groups of people outside your household, ”according to the joint statement.
Mayor Victorino said the request is in line with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for areas with highest risk level for COVID-19 community transfer. The CDC raised Maui County’s positivity status to high on May 19, 2022.
Throughout the state, Hawaii and Kalawao counties are the only places in the state that remain in the medium (yellow) category.
University of Hawaii researchers reportedly predict that the current rise will peak sometime in June, according to Honolulu Star Advertiser and Hawaii news now. Both reports were based on forecasts from Hawaii Pandemic Applied Modeling Group.