Two Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) employees assigned to provide educational services for students housed in the Kapolei Juvenile Detention Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Another employee from the same office is awaiting test results and three others have tested negative.
Individuals who were potential close contacts were notified immediately and placed on leave, and the impacted areas were professionally cleaned and disinfected. During all interaction, employees and students followed proper safety guidance including the wearing of masks and social distancing of 6 feet.
“We are publicly reporting these cases due to the fact that for the first time there is more than one case — not within the same household — at a HIDOE work site and involves students residing at the location,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. “Our COVID Response Team is working closely with the impacted leadership for this area to monitor the situation along with the Hawaii State Judiciary.”
HIDOE urges all staff, service providers, parents and students to perform a wellness check prior to arrival at a HIDOE facility or before they have any educational or work-related interaction, http://bit.ly/HIDOEWellnessCheck. If an individual is exhibiting any symptoms or if they have been directed to quarantine by the Hawaii Department of Health, they should stay home and contact their health care provider.
Anyone with concerns about these cases is encouraged to contact their health care provider or DOH using these options.