• Kona Community Hospital Covid 19 Community Update for Sept. 13, 2021

    September 13, 2021
    Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 Treatment Available at QNHCH
    SMART Health Card FAQ

    We are currently treating 10 COVID positive inpatients at KCH; 3 in our ICU and 7 in the hospital’s COVID unit.  Inpatient numbers have trended down for almost a week. The overall average length of stay per patient is 9.1 days. Although the current situation with oxygen has improved, we will continue conservation measures until the state-wide situation stabilizes.

    This update contains a number of announcements and news articles regarding vaccine mandates for healthcare workers and state facilities, the Hawaii SMART Health Card and monoclonal antibody testing. Please take time to peruse these materials as they contain information regarding upcoming changes that may impact day to day life in our community.
    Please see today’s update below.
    Kona Community Hospital COVID-19 update for September 13, 2021 (as of 8:30am) below:
    • Hospital-wide census: 67
    • 10 total COVID-19 patients
      • 3 ICU (of 8 total ICU patients)
      • 7 Med Surg COVID Unit 
      • 1 ventilator(s) in use for COVID patient(s)
      • 5 ventilators in use hospital-wide
      • 2 vaccinated COVID patients in-house
    • 2 total COVID-19 “long hauler” patients
    • As of September 10, 2021 a cumulative total of 17 COVID-related deaths have occurred in the hospital (this is a change from last report).
    View Hawaii’s latest reported statistics:  
    • Total confirmed cases in State as of Sept. 10:  71,891
    • Total confirmed cases in County as of Sept. 10:  8,899
    • Total reported cases in County last 14 days: 1,432
    COVID-19 Vaccination Update:  KCH is NOT currently a vaccination site.
    • Total KCH staff vaccination rate: 83%
    • Total Kohala Hospital staff vaccination rate: 90%
    • Total vaccinations administered in State as of Sept. 10:  1,914,345 (64.9%)
    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.
    Vaccine Boosters for Immunocompromised People:  Currently KCH has no plan to offer the COVID-19 booster shot. The CDC recommends vaccine booster shots for moderately to severely immunocompromised people (COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People | CDC. ) Vaccine boosters have become available from many local agencies, pharmacies and other health care providers. 
    Vaccine Boosters for Others: We expect that CDC and the State DOH will green light widespread vaccination boosters on about September 20th. We are working closely with our West Hawaii partners to develop a comprehensive plan for administering vaccine boosters to our community. That plan will be shared when it has been completed.
    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.
    ·Hawaii Tribune-Herald – Sept. 13
    Antibody clinic on way: HMC hopes to have COVID-19 treatment center running this month

    ·Star Advertiser – Sept. 13: Hawaii sees 461 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 72,352

    ·Star Advertiser – Sept. 9:  Gov. Ige says contractors, visitors to state facilities must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result

    ·Star Advertiser – Sept. 10:  CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID

    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 currently the preferred form of contact).
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