• Kona Community Hospital Covid 19 Community Update for January 22, 2021

    January 25, 2021
    Kona Community Hospital
    COVID 19 Community Update for January 22, 2021 (as of 4:00pm)

    This update is provided to KCH stakeholders, community members and media outlets. It does not replace the internal KCH Employee Update. Dated information will remain on the update for one week.
    We encourage all employees and community members to follow updates to learn current COVID-19 status and vaccine information as the situation is rapidly changing.
    Please see Kona Community Hospital COVID-19 update for January 22, 2021 (as of 4:00pm) below.

    o   1 total
    o   0 ICU
    o   1 Med Surg acute care unit
    o   0 ventilator(s) in use for COVID patient(s)
    o   As of January 22, a cumulative total of 5 deaths have occurred in the hospital (no change since last update).
    View Hawaii’s latest reported statistics:  
    o   Total confirmed cases in State as of Jan. 22:  24,870
    o   Total confirmed cases in County as of Jan. 22:  2113
    COVID-19 vaccine clinic stats as of (Jan. 22, 2021) COVID-19:
    o   Kona Community Hospital
    ·         1300 = total vaccines administered (1st and 2nd doses)
    ·         133 Kupuna vaccinated
    ·         Kohala Hospital
    ·         144 = Total vaccines administered (1st and 2nd doses)
    KCH is currently administering vaccines to Phase 1A frontline eligible healthcare workers (including active community healthcare workers) and Phase 1B individuals 75 years of age and older.
    KCH Kupuna COVID19 Vaccine Clinic – Week One Wrap Up & Lessons Learned:
    Kupuna vaccines are for individuals 75+ only.
    Caregivers will need to wait for their tier group.
    A Pre-registration form with instructions has been developed and posted to the KCH website. This form will be updated as needed.
    Registration form can be submitted via email to kchcovidvaccine@hhsc.org
    We have had hundreds of calls flood into the scheduling line and into hospital phones.
    Schedulers are contacting and scheduling appointments for kupuna as quickly as possible.
    We are hiring additional staff to manage calls and scheduling.
    Scheduling phone line is 808-322-4451 and it is answered between 8-1200 daily M-F
    No messages will be returned on this phone line
    This is a brand new process for KCH. We are learning in “real-time” how to operate a public health clinic.
    We will continue to evolve processes as the clinic is fully launched.
    Everyone is encouraged to take a deep breath and understand the scope of this project is huge. Employees are working diligently to make this happen for our community.
    We appreciate our community’s patience as we work through the processes of launching this phase of the COVID-19 vaccine program.
    View West Hawaii Today article covering the KCH’s first Kupuna Clinic, “Scores of kupuna receive COVID vaccine in Kona.”

    Khristine Pratt, RN administers COVID vaccine to kupuna, JoAnn Hill.
    Find which Phase / Tier you’re in:  Where are you in the Vaccine Timeline?
    CDC – Please review CDC COVID-19 vaccine recommendations
    State of Hawaii DOH:

    Click here for the latest updates from the Hawaii State Department of Health and the Hawaii County Civil Defense.
    See additional COVID-19 information at the Kona Community Hospital website.


    As of 1/19/21