Wahiawa General Hospital – For Acute/Critical Patient Care and Emergency Department COVID-19 Updated Information Please Click Here
Wahiawa’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – For Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Updated Information Please Click Here
In our attempt to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 at both Wahiawa General Hospital (WGH) and Wahiawa’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (WNRC), and in alignment with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), effective as of March 3, 2021 the following updated measures have been put in place:
*Wahiawa General Hospital visitor access and protocols to our Acute and Critical Care Patient Units are as follows:
- Visiting hours are from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. daily
- 1 adult (18+ years old) visitor per a patient at a time.
- All visitors must undergo a temperature check and health screening. Those with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, advised to self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 will NOT be allowed.
- All visitors are required to wear a face mask and follow physical distancing requirements. NO MASK, NO ENTRY!
- Visitors are NOT allowed for patients who are confirmed or under investigation for COVID-19.
- Visitations for patients in isolation will be handled on a case by case basis with the Department Manager or Nursing Supervisor.
*Wahiawa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (WNRC) is now open to visitors but please see information below for details:
- All visitations (in-person & virtual) are held by appointment only, and will require orientation in infection control and prevention prior to your visit. Please call David Toyama, Activities and Volunteer Supervisor, at 808-621-4243 to schedule an appointment.
- All visitors are required to wear a protective face mask upon entering the long term care/skilled nursing facility. NO MASK, NO ENTRY!
- For family outdoor visits, 2 visitors per resident are allowed at their scheduled appointment date and time. For family indoor visits at the bedside, these are also allowed, but must be arranged on a case by case basis.
- The definition of “Compassionate Care Visitations” for residents has bee expanded to include not only those who are approaching end of life. Due to the recent changes in the definition, these visits will continue to be handled on a case by case basis. Please call David Toyama at 808-621-4243 to schedule these as well.
*The Emergency Department is allowing 1 adult (18+ years old) visitor/companion at a time per a patient. If you are a patient under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
*Anyone entering the hospital campus or our long term care facility will be required to wear a protective face mask
*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 Administrative Assistant, Ashley Ballesteros at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wahiawa General Hospital’s Outpatient Services Are Available and Accepting Patients
Wahiawa General Hospital’s Outpatient Services remains open to patients and the communities we serve, however, we are making decisions to protect the safety of our patients based on the latest information available:
- In accordance with all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines, we are adhering to all cleaning and disinfection procedures as well as following all social distancing measures
- We ARE allowing one (1) caregiver and/or family member to accompany those patients who require additional assistance
- All patients, caregivers and/or family members are required to wear a mask while they are on hospital property
- We continue to contact all patients/families to remind them of their previously scheduled appointment with the option of keeping their respective appointment or rescheduling to a later date
- For a list of all of the outpatient services that are available as well as the respective operating hours please click here or call 808-621-8411
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.
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.
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 afterward.
- 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.