Hawaii’s COVID-19 patient load nearing hospital capacity, health system CEO warns

A health system CEO is cautioning that Hawaii will exceed its hospital capability unless the states pattern of increasing COVID-19 cases reverses, reports Hawaii Public Radio.


Hawaii Pacific Health is a not-for-profit system with 4 medical centers and more than 70 places statewide.

Mr. Vara said his warning is based upon his evaluation of Hawaiis contact-tracing program and how people are responding to masking and social-distancing rules..

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According to Hawaii Public Radio, there have actually just recently been large public gatherings at beaches and parks in recent weeks, consisting of at Polihale State Park on Kauai.

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” If we continue of this trend of triple-digit numbers for the next seven to 10 days, were going to begin stressing those capabilities pretty quickly,” Mr. Vara said, according to the report..

Ray Vara, CEO of Honolulu-based Hawaii Pacific Health, made the caution as the state health department tape-recorded 2,448 overall cases of COVID-19 and more than 200 brand-new cases on Aug. 3.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

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