The Hilo Medical Center continues to be full of COVID and non-COVID patients, officials reported Tuesday, January 25.
As a result, the hospital emergency department experiences longer wait times. Officials attribute this to doctors’ inability to refer waitlisted patients to a number of long-term care facilities as they are closed to new admissions due to COVID exposures and cases. positive among staff and residents.
“These waiting-listed patients at the HMC, combined with an already full hospital, mean that patients waiting for beds to open on the ward floor must be held in the emergency department,” a press release said. of the HMC published on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, HMC was treating 25 people for COVID-19 – 11 of them are unvaccinated and 12 are inoculated and received a booster shot. According to HMC officials, four of the patients are on ventilators in intensive care, three of whom are unvaccinated.
“We have opened eight additional acute care beds in the hospital’s overflow areas and are prepared to open 24 additional beds if demand still exceeds capacity,” the hospital’s press release said.
The hospital now has a total of 36 FEMA-funded staff to assist with this omicron push.
Due to the availability of vaccines in the community, HMC will be closing its vaccination clinic this Friday, January 28. Alternative vaccination sites are listed below:
Hawaii County: https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/vaccine-information
Go to https://www.covidtests.gov for free at-home COVID tests. Every household in the United States can order four free home test kits. Orders will usually ship within 7-12 days. Order your tests now to have them when you need them. If you have any questions, read the Frequently Asked Questions here.
You can also consider using your health insurance to purchase an over-the-counter test from a pharmacy or store by clicking here.
HMC will announce all future distribution events.
“We understand that these tests are in high demand,” HMC’s press release said.
In the meantime, officials advise looking for tests on community sites:
Hawaii County: https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-testing
Aloha Clear: https://alohaclear.com
S&G Laboratories: https://covidfreehawaii.com/get-test
If you received your vaccination from Hilo Medical Center and have lost your vaccination card, submit your information for a replacement card by clicking here.