Kona Community Hospital: Community Update - October 26,2021October 26, 2021Kona Community Hospital: Community Update – October 26, 2021
Kona Community Hospital COVID-19 update for October 26, 2021 (as of 2:00pm) below:
· Hospital-wide census: 75
· 5 total COVID-19 patientso 1 ICU (of 6 total ICU patients)· As of October 25, 2021 a cumulative total of 20 COVID-related deaths have occurred in the hospital (no change from last report).
o 4 Med Surg COVID Unit
o 0 ventilator(s) in use for COVID patient(s)
o 0 vaccinated COVID patients in-house
o 2 COVID long-haul patients
View Hawaii’s latest reported statistics:
· Total confirmed cases in State as of Oct. 24: 83,522
· Total confirmed cases in County as of Oct. 24: 10,933
· Total reported cases in County last 14 days: 419
Current Testing sites: The KCH Emergency Department is NOT a public testing site.
Visit County of Hawaii - COVID-19 Testing webpage for information and a listing of free community testing sites.
FROM CDC: Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?
Vaccine Boosters: The Hawaii DOH has authorized Pfizer booster doses based on the following prioritization guidelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster:
- First and second doses should have priority over any booster doses.
- Booster priority to individuals age 65 and older and individuals age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions.
- As supply allows, booster doses for additional populations include:
- Individuals age 18-49 with underlying medical conditions, based on individual benefits and risks.
- Individuals age 18-64 and at high risk for occupational or institutional exposure, based on individual benefits and risks.
- Pfizer vaccine recipients unsure if they qualify for a booster should check with their healthcare provider.
Current vaccination sites in Hawaii County can be found on the Hawaii County COVID-19 Vaccine Summary webpage. This site contains a calendar of vaccination sites.
From the Dept. of Health and Human Services:
FYI - https://www.phe.gov/emergency/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for mid-January 2022. Any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.
Pandemic Trivia: The 1918 pandemic lasted three years. January 2022 marks the end of the first two years of the current pandemic…
From our partners at Community First:
Star Advertiser – October 26: FDA advisers back Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young kids
West Hawaii Today – October 21: “We’re going to be ready” Plans to vaccinate 28M children ages 5 – 11 detailed
West Hawaii Today – October 21: Green favors fewer limits
Star Advertiser – October 19: Gov. David Ige invites visitors to resume non-essential travel to Hawaii on Nov. 1
West Hawaii Today – October 18: Token of appreciation Rotarians treat hospital staff as pandemic drags on
West Hawaii Today – October 15: Moderna booster backed: FDA panel backs third COVID shot for some
See additional COVID-19 information at the Kona Community Hospital website.KCH Call Center & COVID Email for replacement COVID-19 vaccination cards may be submitted to the KCH Call Center phone line or the COVID vaccine email address.
· KCH Call Center 808-322-4451 (Note: this phone is for voicemails only).
- KCH Email Address: KCHCovidVaccine@hhsc.org (Note: email is curretly the preferred form of contact).
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