• Kona Community Hospital: Community Update – January 21, 2022

    January 21, 2022
    Please see today’s update below:
    Kona Community Hospital COVID-19 update for January 21, 2022 (as of 9:00am):
    • Hospital-wide census: 80
    • 14 total COVID-19 patients
      • 1   ICU (of 8 total ICU patients)
      • 13 Acute Care Units
      • 0 ventilator(s) in use for COVID patient(s)
      • 7 vaccinated COVID patients in-house
    • As of January 20, 2022 a cumulative total of 28 COVID-related deaths have occurred in the hospital (no change from previous report).
    Current vaccination sites can be found on the Hawai`i County COVID-19 Vaccine Summary webpage.
    Current Testing sites: The KCH Emergency Department is NOT a public testing site.
    New: Order Free COVID-19 Testing Kits through the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW). The White House has authorized 4 free tests per household. Visit their site now to order your in-home testing kit(s).
    Home testing kits:
    1. This week, the White House approved the nation-wide distribution of in-home COVID testing kits. To order free COVID-19 testing kits, please visit COVIDtests.gov
    2. Efficacy of COVID Home Testing: We’ve had a number of questions about the reliability of home testing kits. Attached you will find an FAQ sheet regarding the efficacy of home testing kits.
    West Hawai`i Testing Sites:

    Replacement Vaccine Cards Important Update:  The KCH Call Center & COVID email address are no longer in use.
    •  If you received a Pfizer vaccine at a KCH vaccine clinic, and need a replacement vaccine card, please contact KCH Medical Records at (808) 322-4473.
    • KCH Medical Records cannot replace vaccine cards for vaccines administered at another site.
    Question: What is the efficacy of COVID home testing kits? Research Summary:  Click Here


    ·Star Advertiser – Jan. 21: Booster shots needed against Omicron, CDC studies show

    ·DOH News Release – Jan. 15: Surging COVID-19 case counts & test volume force changes to data reporting and case investigation

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