COVID-19 Building Entry Requirements for Visitors, Vendors and Contractors only (Patients are not included in the Building Entry Requirement)
No Hospital Visitation allowed at this time at KVMH & SMMH except for:
- OB Unit will be allowed to have one designated support person with them at all times and a Doula for childbirth. Doula is required to leave after birth.
- Pediatric patients allowed one parent/guardian to stay with them.
- ER (Emergency Room) patients allowed one designated support person.
- Urgent Care patients allowed one designated support person.
- Long Term Care (LTC) residents allowed scheduled visitation through barriers only, see specifics below:
- SMMH, 30-minute appointments taken for Monday – Saturday (holidays included), between the hours of 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM & 02:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- KVMH, 30 minute appointments taken for Monday – Saturday (holidays included), between the hours of 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- ALL visitors must be screened prior to entering visiting area and have no signs of any illness
- Visitors allowed to visit utilizing Plexi-glass
- Up to two visitors to one resident at a time
- Children may visit, one at a time, with an adult
ATTENTION – The Clinic at Waimea will be CLOSED during the hours of 12 noon to 1:30 PM effective Monday, 5/4/20.
Elective Surgeries – A COVID test is required within 72 hours prior to surgery.
Our focus at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Kauai Region (KVMH, SMMH and its clinics), is to keep our residents and patients safe. In light of the three cases identified on Kauai and the other cases identified on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island we are implementing tighter restrictions. This includes implementing screening stations at designated entry points to our facilities and suspending visitation to our acute and long-term care units. Exceptions are being made on a case-by-case basis for minors, OB patients and those reaching the end of their life. We are taking steps to reduce the potential risk and to keep you, our patients, visitors, staff, and community safe.
Precautions for our Kūpuna (Seniors)
Kūpuna (our Seniors) are at a greater risk for COVID-19, especially those who have underlying health conditions. The Hawaii Department of Health recommends that older adults and individuals with underlying health issues avoid non-essential travel, including cruises, avoid large crowds. Remember to wash your hands often and keep medications and groceries on-hand.
Guidance for Patients with Clinic Appointments
Patients who are sick and have an appointment with their physician for a regular check-up, will need to change your visit to when you are feeling better. Please contact us so we can reschedule your appointment.
If you’d like us to check you because you are sick, call your primary care provider. You may be able to get checked by phone, or communicate with your provider through the CernerHealth portal.
We are following the advice of the experts at the CDC and the Hawaii Department of Health who tell us that people who are mildly ill should stay at home, unless they need help for that illness.
New Entrances for Patients and Visitors at HHSC Kauai Region Hospitals
As there are more confirmed cases identified on Kauai in addition to others identified throughout the state, we are taking measures to restrict visitors to our facilities and ensure appropriate infection control measures are followed upon entry.
Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, access to our hospitals will be limited to the following:
KVMH – there will be screening stations set-up at each entry point.
- Front entrance, clinic side entrance, and back entrance from therapies.
SMMH – there will be a screening station set-up at the entry point.
- Main lobby front entrance. `
What you can do to stay healthy
Take a moment to review what you can do to stay healthy. These prevention tips are recommended by the Hawaii Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are listed below to help protect yourself and our community.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you haven’t already this season, get you flu shot.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- When around people who do not live in your household:
- Wear face masks
- Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet
Hawaii Health Systems Corporation – Kauai Region Preparedness
At the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region facilities – Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, The Clinics at Waimea, Port Allen, Kalaheo, Kapaa and Urgent Care at Poipu – are prepared to care for patients with COVID-19. We continuously train and practice for situations such as this. We are in close contact with the Hawaii State Department of Health for the latest information about COVID-19. It is part of our commitment and responsibility to our patients, visitors, and staff to reduce risk and keep you safe.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – cdc.gov
CDC: Symptoms & Testing – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Hawaii State Department of Health – health.hawaii.gov