Civil Defense message.
This is a COVID-19 informational update for Saturday, September 19th.
On today’s update of COVID-19, the number of new active cases, on Hawaii Island, reported and monitored by the Department of Health is nine (9). At this date, for Hawaii Island, sixteen (16) are hospitalized. The Hilo Medical Center reports a total of nineteen (19) deaths. Eighteen of the deaths are from the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Families of these Veterans.
To support efforts at the Veterans Home, a fifteen person team from the Veterans Administration is at the facility to assist the staff and to support operations. Additional staff is expected to arrive today. A grateful thank you to the Federal and State Governments for their assistance to address the issues at the Veterans Home.
For your information, a Coronavirus drive-up test site is scheduled for today in Hilo at the Afook-Chinen Auditorium parking lot. Please enter the site through the Kuawa St. entrance. Hours are from 9:00 in the morning ‘til 1:00 in the afternoon. Do know that the consistent number of new cases reported reflects the aggressive testing program that the County and private partners are conducting. Remember the purpose of testing is to identify positive cases as early as possible and in this way help stop the spread of the virus.
This is all our kuleana to make Hawaii Safe. Only together, can we stop the spread of the virus to keep our family, friends, and neighbors safe.