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HOSPITAL UPDATE ON COVID-19: August 4, 2021 – as of 3:30 pm

HILO MEDICAL CENTER UPDATED VISITOR POLICY

Hilo Medical Center has updated our visitation policy in light of the increase in the daily COVID case count and to protect our patients and staff.  A listing of locations providing COVID vaccination and testing follows. Currently, we have 13 hospitalized patients, 12 unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated. Please continue to encourage your loved ones to get their vaccination.

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, AUGUST 2 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021

Emergency Department

  • No visitors until further notice
  • Exceptions include pediatric patients 17 years and below, and highly critical, end-of-life situations

Inpatient Units

  • Two visitors per patient during visiting hours, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring outside food and beverages
  • No eating and drinking in patient rooms
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Exceptions include pediatric patients 17 years and below, and highly critical, end-of-life situations

Short Stay

  • Two visitors per patient during check-in
  • Visitors are not allowed to wait around in the Short Stay waiting area once patient is transported for procedure
  • Patients requiring the presence of their main caregiver, interpreter or parent/guardian of pediatric patients 17 years and below may bring one designated person

Outpatient Clinics and Services (Imaging, Lab, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Therapy)

  • Patients requiring the presence of their main caregiver, interpreter or parent/guardian of pediatric patients 17 years and below may bring one designated person
  • Masks must be worn at all times

 

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2021

Emergency Department

  • No visitors until further notice
  • Exceptions include pediatric patients 17 years and below, and highly critical, end-of-life situations

Inpatient Units

  • One vaccinated visitor per patient, per day, during visiting hours, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Only vaccinated visitors 12 years and older will be allow entry
  • Proof of vaccination is required with physical vaccination card or VAMS certificate accompanied by government issued, picture identification
  • Unvaccinated visitors will be offered and encouraged to receive their vaccination in the lobby or at the Arc of Hilo – additional locations listed below
  • All patients are allowed entry regardless of vaccination status. Care is never refused to anyone.
  • Exceptions include pediatric patients 17 years and below, and highly critical, end-of-life situations
    • A negative COVID test is required for the rare occasion visitors are allowed to stay overnight with the patient

Obstetrics Unit

  • The birthing partner is allowed for duration of the hospital stay
    • If birthing partner is not vaccinated, they must present a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to admission for scheduled birth (we suggest getting tested when mom goes for testing).
  • In addition, one designated, vaccinated visitor allowed during visiting hours, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm for the duration of the hospital stay
    • Proof of vaccination is required with physical vaccination card or VAMS certificate accompanied by government issued, picture identification
  • No eating and drinking in patient rooms
  • Masks must be worn at all times

Short Stay

  • One vaccinated visitor per patient allowed during check-in
  • The visitor is not allowed to wait around in the Short Stay waiting area once patient is transported for procedure
  • Patients requiring the presence of their main caregiver, interpreter or parent/guardian of pediatric patients 17 years and below may stay for the duration of the procedure
  • No eating and drinking in patient rooms
  • Masks must be worn at all times

East Hawaii Health Clinics and Services (Imaging, Lab, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Therapy)

  • Patients may be accompanied by one visitor as the main caregiver, interpreter or parent/guardian of pediatric patients 17 years and below
  • Masks must be worn at all times

 

CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES

CURRENTLY IN EFFECT

Emergency Departments

  • Hale Ho`ola Hamakua in Honokaa and Ka`u Hospital do not allow any visitors in their Emergency Departments

Critical Access Hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities

  • Visiting policies at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua’s and Ka`u Hospital’s inpatient and long term care units, and the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home and Hilo Medical Center’s Extended Care Department are governed by the state and federal government
  • Currently, visitors at our long term care facilities are strongly encourage to get vaccinated, however no proof of vaccination is required
  • All facilities will continue to follow current visitation policies unless changes are made to state and federal regulations
  • All long term care residents and their families will be notified of any changes to policies on visitation should they occur

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING AVAILABILITY

CLOSING AT THE END OF AUGUST

Arc of Hilo

1099 Waianuenue Avenue

Walk-In: Weekdays, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Scheduled Appointments in https://vams.cdc.gov: Weekdays, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • Pfizer

 

East Hawaii Health Clinic

1190 Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo

  • COVID-19 testing available for existing clinic patients

 

STARTING MONDAY, AUGUST 16

East Hawaii Health Clinic

1285 Waianuenue Avenue, Second Floor

Scheduled Appointments Only 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • Pfizer
  • COVID-19 testing available

 

EXTENDED THROUGH MID SEPTEMBER

Hilo Medical Center Lobby

1190 Waianuenue Avenue

Walk-In: Daily, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pfizer will be offered August 16

 

East Hawaii Health Clinic in Keaau

16-523 Keaau-Pahoa Road | Keaau, HI 96749

Walk-In Appointments: Daily, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Call 808.932.3830

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pfizer will be offered starting August 16
  • COVID-19 testing available

 

STARTING MONDAY, AUGUST 16

Puna Community Medical Center

15-2662 Pahoa Village Road in Malama Marketplace

Walk-In Appointments: Daily, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Call 808.930.6001

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • COVID-19 testing available

 

Ka`u Hospital Rural Health Clinic

1 Kamani Street | Pahala, HI 96777

Schedule an appointment by calling 808.932.4205

Appointments available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am-noon and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Moderna
  • COVID-19 testing available

 

Hawaii County COVID-19 Testing Locations

    • Testing today is scheduled at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Vaccination will be available as well.