Nearly All Residents at Hilo Veterans Home Test Positive for COVID-19

September 10, 2020, 3:12 PM HST (Updated September 10, 2020, 3:12 PM)
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Nearly all the residents at the veterans home in Hilo have tested positive for COVID-19.  Additionally, no deaths were reported on the Big Island Thursday.

Sixty-four of the approximately 78 residents at Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home are infected with the virus, according to Avalon Health Care Group, which manages the home. To-date, 10 veterans have died and three are currently hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center. Additionally, 24 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Thirty-seven residents are being cared for at the home’s COVID-19 designated area. Officials announced Thursday that 14 residents and three employees have recovered.

HMC currently is caring for 24 COVID-positive patients — six in ICU, seven in the COVID unit and one in the Obstetrics unit.

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