Island’s nine care facilities implement no-visitor policies

Courtesy Hilo Medical Center Vicki Linter of Pahoa can no longer visit her mother at Life Care Center of Hilo now that a no visitor policy has been implemented at long-term care facilities on Hawaii Island.

Courtesy Hilo Medical Center Administrators and physicians from East Hawaii long-term care facilities gathered Thursday afternoon at Hilo Medical Center to discuss new no visitor policies implemented at such facilities across the island in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. From left are Dr. Gary Johnson, in-house physician, Life Care Center of Hilo; Shelly-Ann Kaui Chartrand, nursing home administrator, Hilo Medical Center's Extended Care Facility; Mark Mann, executive director, Life Care Center of Hilo; Tammy H. Silva, administrator, Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; Dr. Stefan Harmeling, in-house physician, Legacy Hilo; David Pettijohn, administrator, Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home; and Gail Kaho`okele, administrator, Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Joining via Zoom are Merilyn Harris, administrator, Ka`u Hospital and Rural Health Clinic; and Denise Mackey, administrator, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua.

Hawaii Island’s long-term nursing and care facilities have implemented unified no-visitor policies in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.