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COVID outbreak inside an Oahu skilled nursing home amid worker shortage adds stress to the facility – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-23 00:08:30 –

Honolulu (KHON2) —The Hawaii Nurses Association has warned of a shortage of skilled nursing homes. The union president said members were overworked while at least one facility was fighting the outbreak of COVID.

At least 54 residents and 25 staff at the Honolulu Care Center were COVID-19 positive.

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“We don’t have details about the cause of this particular outbreak, but it was a serious one,” said Hilton Racel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Healthcare Association. “And certainly one of the most serious outbreaks we’ve experienced for quite some time at any of our facilities.”

A spokesman working at a Honolulu care center confirmed that the cause of the coronavirus infection was tracked down to a patient who was transferred to the facility.

The Honolulu Care Center shared a statement with KHON2 News.

Like many nursing homes in the state, the Delta Variant brought about a COVID outbreak at our facility in September. Although 91% of staff were vaccinated, 54 patients were positive, most of whom were vaccinated. On average, over 80% of our patients are vaccinated.

After first knowing the infected resident, we immediately test the resident and staff in the facility, isolate the infected resident, and develop a protocol to protect the staff and resident. I took measures. We test our residents and staff more often than necessary, and we are grateful to the State Department of Health for their response to this outbreak.

All Honolulu Care Center staff have made extraordinary efforts to provide the highest levels of care for their patients. We just praise nurses, like nurses everywhere, who deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic in a heroic way.

It is a pity that the false statements of the Hawaii Nurses Association have questioned our high reputation for nurses. There is no suspension of nurses. We continue to work with nurses to manage patient care and its schedule.

We agree with the Hawaii Nurses Association that there is a shortage of nurses in long-term nursing facilities that have become even more serious during the pandemic. We are also seeking help from the Hawaii Healthcare Association. Elected staff in Washington, and other staff in the state’s Department of Health, are trying to find a solution to this problem facing all long-term nursing facilities and the entire healthcare system.

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Daniel Ross, president of the Hawaii Nurses Association, said members have been working longer to fill the worker gap. He said in one case the nurses were working in shifts for 20 hours.

Ross said: After all, you can’t work continuously, and you can still work safely. “

Raethel said the proposal to bring more than 240 additional health workers at a cost of $ 10 million has not been approved by the state. He presented the Hawaiian House of Representatives with a $ 10 million proposal to strengthen post-acute care facilities in early September.

Meanwhile, he said attempts to attract more staff through a dispatching company from the facility were unsuccessful.

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“The facility went to many institutions to identify staff,” Raethel explained. “And because some staff were available but didn’t want to go to the facility where it’s occurring, it presents an additional set of challenges as well.”

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