No new deaths at HMC, no new patients at either Kona or Hilo

Hilo Medical Center has only 11 patients with COVID-19, down from its highest count of 18.  Kona Community Hospital still has two patients with COVID-19, one of whom is on a ventilator.

There have been no new deaths reported on the island.

The attached photo is Hilo Medical Center CEO Dan Brinkman with Kona Community Hospital’s new CEO, James Lee, during a tour of Hilo Medical Center.

Below is the complete Hilo Medical Center/Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home.

HILO MEDICAL CENTER UPDATE (as of 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2020)

  • 11 total COVID-positive patients are hospitalized: 3 in ICU, 7 in COVID Unit, 1 in Extended Care Facility
  • COVID testing for the Extended Care Facility’s 52 staff and 28 residents that was conducted on September 24 and 29 have all returned negative.
  • Admissions to our Extended Care Facility remain paused until the situation is resolved.
  • Hilo Medical Center is optimistic in managing COVID in the hospital and its long term care facility.
  • 2 total deaths, unrelated to the veterans home, have occurred in the hospital on September 8 and 18.


YUKIO OKUTSU STATE VETERANS HOME UPDATE (as of 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, reported by Avalon Healthcare, the veterans home’s managing company)

  • Good news: There has been an improvement in hospitalized and recovered cases of residents. Yesterday, all results from this last round of resident and staff came back NEGATIVE.
  • A total of 71 residents and 35 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in this outbreak
  • 49 residents are currently at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home
  • 8 residents are receiving care in the home’s COVID designated area
  • 1 resident is hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center
  • 26 total resident deaths related to COVID-19 have occurred. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones.

o   No deaths related to COVID-19 to report today.


28 total deaths related to COVID-19 have occurred – 26 from the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home and 2 unrelated to the veterans home.


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