Big Island Coronavirus Updates

Kona Community Hospital Reports Second COVID Death

October 16, 2020, 8:25 AM HST
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Another COVID-19-related death was reported at Kona Community Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

According to hospital officials, there are currently three COVID-positive patients receiving treatment at KCH — three in ICU, and two ventilators are in use. There has been a total of two coronavirus deaths at the Kona facility at this time.

Hilo Medical Center has seen a steady decrease in the number of patients hospitalized for the infection. As of Thursday, Oct. 15, there are four total COVID-positive patients at HMC — one in ICU and three in the facility’s designated COVID unit.

Six community deaths related to the virus occurred at HMC on Sept. 8 and 18, Oct. 4, 6, 7, and 8.

Overall, Hawai‘i County has had 38 deaths related to COVID-19. Aside from the deaths reported by the hospitals, 27 of the fatalities were from Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home and four from Life Care Center (LCC) of Hilo.

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As of this morning, LCC reported another resident tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the overall infection total to 54. LCC also reported that their first resident has recovered from the disease.

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