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HIRSC Statement on Team Members test positive for COVID-19

HIRSC - Administration Team releases a statement regarding HIRSC Team members on Hawaii Island and Maui test positive for COVID-19. No exposures to members of the public have been found according to our contact tracing investigation.

Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team

The HIRSC - Administration is saddened to announce that a total of 12 HIRSC Team Members on Hawaii Island and Maui (10 on Hawaii Island and 2 on Maui) have tested positive for COVID-19 with one member on Hawaii Island hospitalized. HIRSC Team Members who have tested positive are currently under quarantine guidelines set by the State of Hawai'i Department of Health (HDOH).

Upon the discovery and learning of the HIRSC Team Members receiving news of positive test results or being tested for COVID-19, the HIRSC Administration and Moderating Team Members immediately went into contact tracing mode and help compile a list for the HDOH (or contact the contacts individually due to HDOH backlog in cases) and determined that no members of the public or immediate contacts were exposed to those from the HIRSC Team who had tested positive for COVID-19. It's important to note that none of the HIRSC Team Members were in contact or gathered together prior to being tested for COVID-19.

Members and their immediate family members who have tested positive for COVID-19 all have been placed under a mandatory 10-day quarantine by the HDOH. It's important to note that all team members including their close family members have been fully vaccinated. The HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team have conducted their own investigation and later determined that they contracted COVID-19 within their own households and not from the general public.

Members who have tested positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic or had mild symptoms (such as cough, low-grade fever, headaches, loss of taste or smell, and body aches), with the exception of one team member who remains at an area hospital on Hawaii Island for severe symptoms (shortness of breath/respiratory distress) from COVID-19. That team member remains in serious but stable condition at this time and undergoing treatment for pneumonia, a side effect of COVID-19.

The HIRSC Team is conducting their own daily health screening with those affected team members via Zoom, we are doing this as an research study to understand the affects of COVID-19 and to get a better idea of what are some of the key signs to look for when symptoms arise in a person.

While there was no further spread or exposure to those outside of their family units, the HIRSC Team as a precaution has immediately suspended all in-person programming services or training until further notice due to the high spread of COVID-19 among the community.

I do want to stress to all members of the Hawaii Island and Maui communities is that regardless of your vaccination status, I ask everyone to take every precaution (such as washing or sanitizing your hands, wear a mask in all public settings; indoor and outdoors; avoid crowded settings, and staying home while you're sick) seriously to stop the spread of COVID-19 and do not let your guard down. Together we all can get through this safely.

Just would like to once again thank you to everyone for their continued support to all HIRSC Team media platforms.


Benjamin Agdeppa

HIRSC - Founder and Administrator

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