2 inmates test positive for COVID-19

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Leland Cockcroft is vaccinated for COVID-19 during drive-thru vaccinations with Premiere Medical Group in Mountain View on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Monday confirmed two recently admitted inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

Four additional inmates tested negative for the coronavirus.

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The facility enacted its pandemic protocol to suspend all inmate movement going out of the facility as a precaution, the state Department of Public Safety said in a news release. HCCC will continue to take new admissions.

The COVID-positive inmates are in the intake-related quarantine housing.

Meanwhile, the facility health care staff and state Department of Health initiated contact tracing and are coordinating voluntary testing.

The DOH on Monday reported 34 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases statewide, including five confirmed cases on the Big Island.

Twelve cases have been reported in Kailua-Kona in the past 14 days.

In the DOH’s May 20 cluster report, five cases associated with a cluster in an educational setting were reported on the Big Island.

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As of Monday, 1,463,440 vaccine doses have been administered statewide.

In Hawaii County, 66%, or 102,891 residents 18 and older, have received at least one dose, while 52%, or 80,846, have completed a vaccine course.

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