COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION

Wahiawa General Hospital/Wahiawa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

  • Wahiawa General Hospital confirms employee COVID-19 Infection, for more information please click here.
  • Wahiawa General Hospital is NOT a scheduled COVID-19 testing location and will only test for COVID-19 in an emergency situation. If you are feeling ill or have any reason to believe you may have come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN for more information or to request being tested for COVID-19.
  • If you have any questions regarding the impacts that COVID-19 is having on Wahiawa General Hospital please submit them to our Communications Department at bryan.cheplic@wahaiwageneral.org 
  • Responses to COVID-19 related questions will be shared on this website page as more information becomes available.
  • For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit the CDC website or the Hawaii State Department of Health website.

Wahiawa General Hospital and Wahiawa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center COVID-19 Patient Visitor Policy:

In our attempt to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 at Wahiawa General Hospital (WGH), and in alignment with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), effective immediately the following measures have been put in place:

  • Effective Friday, March 27, 2020, Wahiawa General Hospital will be restricting visitor access to our Acute and Critical Patient Care Units. For more information please click here.
  • Wahiawa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (WNRC) is restricting all visitor access except to patients who are actively dying.
  • All visitor access to the Emergency Department is being restricted unless you are an adult (18+ years old) accompanying a patient under the age of 18.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel coronavirus/COVID-19 Information:

The novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high. At this time, however, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus as it is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States.

Current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic, which is the worldwide spread of a new disease. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the CDC’s risk assessment will be updated as needed.

Symptoms:

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms that can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Most infected people will recover on their own.

Tips:

It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school or daycare.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

Guidance for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness:

Public health agencies recommend that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. This includes concert venues, conventions, sporting events, and crowded social gatherings.

People at higher risk include those:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • With weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases have occurred in adults. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult their doctor about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for COVID-19 should call their personal physician.