IMPORTANT

COVID-19 Information

VACCINATIONS
TESTING
RULES & PUBLIC SAFETY
SYMPTOMS & PREVENTION

Maui County Vaccination Locations

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Q&A for Employers and Employees
related to Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules

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Vaccination FAQ for Residents and Visitors

Vaccines Availability & Cost

Which vaccines are currently available on Maui?

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson& Johnson vaccines are available in Maui County (subject to supply). Click here for a list of Vaccination locations on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.

How much does the vaccine cost?

There is no cost for the vaccine. There may be a modest administrative fee, that your health insurance should cover. Additionally, the federal government may also cover the administrative cost for any uninsured individuals. Speak with your provider for further information.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Those ages 12 and above can receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Maui County. Those 18 years of age and older may receive the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those aged 12 to 17 may receive the Pfizer vaccine only because it is the sole vaccine currently approved for that age group. Must be accompanied by an adult or have a signed consent (provided by the school) by an parent or legal guardian).

Who should get vaccinated?

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

It is recommended you still get the vaccine because the protection and immunity of post-virus antibodies may weaken and could eventually disappear over time. DOH tells people to wait at least 14 days after a COVID-19 infection to get your vaccine. Please consult your doctor on the minimum wait time between infection and vaccination.

According to the CDC, evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

Should children be vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family. 

Those age 12 and older can receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. No vaccine has yet been approved for children age 11 and under. 

If I’m pregnant or planning to become pregnant, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. You might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination.  Learn more about vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Dose & Frequency of Vaccinations

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will I need to get?

The number of doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive:

  • Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
  • Two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
  • Johnson & Johnsons Jansen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.

If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

Safety and Side Effects of Vaccines

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

What are the most common side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Click here for more information.

Do vaccines offer higher protection than previous COVID-19 infection?

Yes. Vaccines do offer greater protection against COVID-19 compared to prior infection and natural immunity. Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity.

Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study confirming the comparative effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines versus natural immunity, including immunity gained from prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Researchers found that, among hundreds of Kentucky residents with previous infections through June 2021, people were twice as likely to get infected again if they were unvaccinated.

Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you, especially as the more contagious Delta variant spreads around the country.

Is the FDA-approved Comirnaty and the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine the same?

Yes, Comirnaty and the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are the same. On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as “Comirnaty”, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The FDA-approved Comirnaty has the same formulation as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. So this is a name change only. The Pfizer vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization, including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

What can I do to protect myself from contracting COVID while I wait for my vaccine?

Wearing face masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, and frequent hand washing to protect yourself and others prior to, and after, receiving both doses of the vaccine.

Vaccines and Our Community

Does getting the COVID vaccine protect people around you?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting vaccinated reduces an individual’s risk of both getting COVID-19 and giving it to someone else. In addition, those who are vaccinated are significantly less likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms that would require hospitalization, and with the breakthrough infections from the Delta variant also appear to be infectious for a shorter period. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is similar to getting vaccinated for other diseases in that it’s as much about protecting your community as it is about protecting yourself.

Vaccination Cards / Passes

How do I get a replacement COVID-19 vaccination card?

For those who misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card, there are ways to get a replacement:

  • Contact the vaccination provider who gave you the shot and request a replacement card.
  • If you signed up in VAMS, use your password to login to your account, and print up a certificate of vaccination.

    To safeguard your COVID-19 vaccine card, the State Department of Health recommends taking a photo of both sides of the card, placing it in a plastic sleeve, and don’t share photos of the card online. The DOH also adds that laminating the vaccine cards is okay as long as it’s after the final dose of the COVID-19 shot is given.


Is there a digital proof of vaccination available in Hawaii?

Yes. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and received their vaccination in Hawaii can obtain a SMART Health Card to show establishments, such as restaurants, businesses and other venues, proof of their vaccination on their digital device without carrying a physical vaccine document. The SMART Health Card is a feature found in the Hawaii Safe Travels Digital Platform, https://travel.hawaii.gov.

Vaccines administered in Hawaii

How are vaccines administered in Hawaii?

The COVID-19 vaccination program is a national initiative under the Centers for Disease Control, administered in the state by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). The County of Maui is working closely with DOH in implementing a robust, comprehensive vaccination plan to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is available to residents in an efficient, orderly manner.
Find the weekly progress in the vaccine distribution and administration statewide and in each county, click here. This data outlined reflects only what has been inputted into VAMS, and vaccine administered by our federal pharmacy program partners. The VA and military are not included in these counts.

Still got questions?

For other frequently asked questions about COVID-19 Vaccination from the CDC.

OTHER FAQS from CDC

COVID-19 Testing Locations in Maui County

Various healthcare organizations on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i offer COVID-19 tests. Please contact the providers directly for information on testing services and criteria, hours of operation, appointment scheduling, and patient instructions. Information is subject to change.

Free drive-through testing is also available at some locations as indicated below by the green "FREE TESTING" box.

On Maui

FREE TESTING
CVS Pharmacy
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135 Kehalani Village Drive, Wailuku

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FREE TESTING
Clinical Labs of Hawai'i
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COVID-19 testing, appointments recommended, see various locations

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FREE TESTING
Doctors on Call

Lahaina: Times Market Place, 3350 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Unit 211
Wailea: The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr
Kahului: 22 Hana Hwy
No appointment needed at testing center in Kahului
Testing by appointment only at testing centers in Wailea and Lahaina

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FREE TESTING
Hana Health Clinic
Appointment required

4590 Hana Highway, Hana
Testing offered Monday-Friday
Phone: 808-248-8294

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FREE TESTING
Kaiser Permanente*
Appointment required

55 Maui Lani Parkway, Wailuku
* NOT doing testing for employment, only providing tests if you have COVID symptoms and exposure
Phone: 808-243-6000

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FREE TESTING
Laulea Health Center
Appointments required

180 Dickenson Street, Suite 103, Lahaina
Testing offered Monday-Friday
Testing Hours: 8:45am-11:45am and 1:30pm-4pm
Phone: 808-214-5985

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FREE TESTING
Malama I Ke Ola Health Center
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Testing only available for current/new patients
Appointments required: 808-871-7772

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FREE TESTING
Maui Medical Group
No appointment required

Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Center at Wailuku Clinic
2180 Main Street
Phone: 808-242-6464

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FREE TESTING
Mauliola Pharmacy
Pre-register for appointment recommended, walk-ins welcome

95 Mahalani Street, Room 10, Wailuku
Testing 7 days a week, 8am-4pm
Phone: 808-446-3722

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FREE TESTING
Minit Medical
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Kihei/Wailea – 1280 S. Kihei Road (behind Ace Hardware), Tues & Thur, opens 8am-3pm
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Kahului – 348 Lehuakona Street (behind Maui Marketplace), Weds & Sat, opens 8am-3pm
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Lahaina/West Maui – Lahaina Civic Center, Mon & Sat, opens 8am-3pm
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Hana - 1 Mill Place, Friday, Oct 22, opens 9 am
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FREE Maui COVID-19 Testing Drives, click here to pre-register. Not valid for travel.

FREE TESTING
Wailea People and Paws Pharmacy
Pre-register for appointment recommended, walk-ins welcome

34 Wailea Gateway Place, Suite A103, Kihei
Open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
Phone: 808-879-0123

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On Moloka'i

FREE TESTING
Moloka‘i Community Health Center
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ACT Clinic for urgent care and COVID-19 testing
30 Oki Place, Kaunakakai
Phone: 808-553-5038

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FREE TESTING
Moloka‘i Drugs
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28 Kamoi Street #100, Kaunakakai
Tuesday-Friday: 7:15am-8:15am & 9:15am-5pm
Phone: 808-553-5790

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FREE TESTING
Moloka‘i General Hospital

280 Home Olu Place, Kaunakakai
Phone: 808-553-5331

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On Lana'i

FREE TESTING
Lana'i Kinaole
Pre-register for appointment

617 Ilima Avenue, Lana‘i City
Phone: 808-565-8001

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FREE TESTING
Lana‘i Community Health Center
By appointment only

333 Sixth Street, Lana‘i City
Phone: 808-565-6919

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FREE TESTING
Rainbow Pharmacy
Pre-register for appointment recommended, walk-ins welcome

431 7th Street, Lana‘i City
Phone: 808-565-9332
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm | Saturday 9am-12:30pm & 1pm-5:30pm

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Straub Medical Center – Lana‘i Clinic

628 Seventh Street #B, Lana‘i City
Phone: 808-565-6423

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Vaccination proof for residents & tourists

Do all guests entering an indoor venues need to be fully vaccinated?

A: Yes, all people must be vaccinated if the venue is indoor.

Do guests visiting a venue outdoors have to be vaccinated?

A: No.

Will the County be accepting non-US vaccination cards like Oahu?

A: Yes, Proof of a US FDA approved or US FDA EUA vaccination (currently  Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) administered outside the United States  is acceptable for employees and patrons/customers. The establishment should  exercise reasonable discretion in accepting an official immunization record from  outside the United States. One significant factor to consider is whether the  document has enough English to be comprehensible or is in a language the  establishment employees can comprehend. 

My name is changed due  to a nickname or name change under the state’s Safe Travels program. What should I do?

A: The name on the CDC Vaccination Record Card should match the name on the  traveler’s identification. However, a shortened, modified variation or contraction  of a traveler’s name will be accepted if it can be cross referenced with the  birthdate on the CDC Vaccination Record Card and the traveler’s identification. 

Will Maui County allow businesses to accept the Safe Travels account from  travelers who participated in the state’s vaccine exception program?

A: Yes. Under exempt, a business or establishment will be able to see their participation in the State's program.


Does ‘safer outside’ replace the ‘safer at home’ guideline from last week?

A: The most up to date rules in effect will always be posted on mauicounty.gov.  Please follow the latest rules/guidance when they are available.  


Can we get two weeks to prepare like Oahu did? Why do we have one week  to get our employees vaccinated?

A: Testing is allowed to assure compliance, and those that initiate their first  vaccination dose are subject to limited exemptions as detailed above.  

I have a question regarding the ‘safer at home’ policy announced. When the  County says that all individuals are ‘ordered to stay at their residence’ are we  including our workers/staff as well? Also, if the County is asking (or  mandating, I’m not sure which) that guests stay on property, then why would  we restrict their ability to find something to eat with the restaurants only  operating at 50 percent for customers over the age of 12 to show proof of being  fully vaccinated? 

A: The County of Maui recommends staying at a place of residence except for activities  allowed under the rules. Individuals may leave a place of residence to dine in a  food and beverage establishment located on or off-property. 

How long will these rules be in force? 

A: The County of Maui will review the rules on or prior to Oct. 15 to determine if  they should be amended or rescinded. If public health conditions significantly improve before then, the rules may be reviewed earlier. 

Gathering Limits & Commercial Exemptions

Who will be charged with the enforcement of employee vaccination and/or  weekly COVID test? 

A: The business is responsible.

How does the Governor’s SMART Health pass that he just announced fit in  to Maui County’s new restrictions? 

A: It can be used to verify vaccination status. 


Can staff meetings be held in a meeting room/space as a professional event  if there are 10 people or less in attendance?
 

A: Yes 


Are indoor commercial events less than 50 required to complete a  commercial exemption form? 

A: Yes, indoor Commercial events are not allowed without an exemption 


If a group receives a commercial exemption for their event can they use PUC  licensed passenger vehicles for transport at 100% capacity versus the 50%  operational cap? 

A. Yes, if they have a fully reviewed/approved commercial exemption 


If an air crew needs transportation to their place of lodging, but the crew is  over the 50% operational capacity of the transporting vehicle, does the crew  need to separate into different vehicles, or are they allowed to travel together?

A. Air crews are allowed to travel together to their place of lodging, and may be  considered as a household unit for purposes of transportation. 

Indoor/outdoor classifications for restaurants/employee dining: 
Do we need to ask for vaccine cards if our dining area is outside?  

A: No, you do not need to ask for vaccine cards if the entire service area is outside.

Does management need to ask for proof of vaccination or testing at concierge areas (which usually provide food and beverage) if our seating area is inside?

A: Yes, for indoors, if outside then no vax requirement

Do we need to ask for vaccine cards in our weight room? It currently only  has a max occupancy of four people.

A: Yes. 

For vaccinated patrons dining with children under the age of 12 who can’t  be vaccinated at this time, should a separate outdoor seating area be set up for  minors or can they sit with their parents/guardians? 

A: No, only those 12 or over sitting inside must be vaccinated. 

If we put an identifying vaccination wrist band on a guest at check-in, do we  have to recheck their vaccination status at our restaurant or bar or other F and  B establishment? 

A: No, the business must attest to the verification so if they are comfortable with  a wrist band then that’s okay. 

To clarify, if a guest is not vaccinated but has tested negative can I allow  them into my indoor area of my establishment? 

A: Currently not allowed but being considered in our amended rules 

Pool areas are all outside for the most part, I’m assuming the unvaccinated  can order food and drinks out there or is that restricted as well?

A: Yes, unvaccinated guests may be served outdoors, including poolside. 

If we have a gym on property and if gym patrons all have to be vaccinated,  then is it safe to assume that we need to staff the gym area with someone to  check vaccinations and that employee needs to be vaccinated/tested weekly as  well? 

A: Yes, restaurant and gym/spa staff must be vaccinated or tested weekly.  Unstaffed gyms must have methods to verify vaccination status. 

I have submitted specific pictures of our restaurant at our resort. The patio  of this restaurant has a roof but no walls and we can see the area is outdoors  but the Liquor Department has had a different stance about that. Can we make  sure that the definition given to us by the county is consistent with the  enforcement guidelines they are following? 

A: Please submit your photos and comments to: mayors.office@mauicounty.gov 


On Oahu there is an interpretation that employee cafeterias are not part of  the vaccination program. What is Maui County’s interpretation for those  cafeteria areas at our properties given these new guidelines and restrictions?

A: Cafeterias serving employees exclusively are not subject to the vaccination  and testing requirements. 

My restaurants all have indoor/outdoor areas and some areas are in between. Will the county be defining which is which? 

A: Please see paragraph 4.b.ii in the Public Health Emergency Rules. Below is a  graphic for additional illustration: 

Proof of vaccination/testing for employees

Does the testing requirements begin on September 15 or is it 7 days after? 

A: It begins on September 15, and will continue on a rolling basis. Employees  subject to the testing requirements should be providing a negative test result  taken once every seven days, starting on September 15. For purposes of  businesses ensuring employees have met the requirements, businesses only  need to ensure a negative test result was received once within that 7-day period for each employee, on a week-to-week rolling basis.  

Does the vaccine/testing include a hotels purchasing department? They  order and move the food around however they do not handle, cook or serve food  and drinks. 

A: Not with the County’s rules, but may be subject to testing or vaccination  requirements with upcoming federal rules 

A few questions in regard to all F&B employees now needing to be fully  vaccinated or test 1x week: 

Does this include all employees in the food service (handlers)  side including pool servers and our club concierge servers?  

A: Yes 

Does it include our purchasing and stewarding teams who are  handling food but not in the service front of house side of it?

A: Not with the County’s rules, but may be subject to testing or  vaccination requirements with upcoming federal rules 

Do musicians who play in restaurant/bar/lounge areas have to be  vaccinated or submit to weekly testing?

A: Yes, if classified as an indoor space 

Do lua’u performers have to prove vaccination/testing status?

A: No, those performing outside do not have to prove vaccination/testing status 

According to one of the reporter questions in the Governor’s press  conference today, state law says if an employer is mandating that an employee  needs to get testing then the employer needs to pay for it. However, if that is the case, and the employer needs to also compensate the employee for the time  they took to get tested, what incentive is there for workers to get vaccinated?  Will the county ask the state to change state law via another emergency  proclamation so that testing is the employees’ responsibility?

A: This concern will be relayed to the Governor and State partners 

What happens if we cannot get all of our food and beverage employees  vaccinations by September 15th? What about employees who have gotten one  shot but are not scheduled to get the second shot until after Sept. 15?

A: Employees who fall into the following categories will not be required to test weekly: 1. Employees who have been fully vaccinated (Fully vaccinated means  that 14 days have passed following a two-dose vaccine series or a single-dose  vaccine.) utilizing a COVID-19 vaccine; 2. Employees who have received the first  dose of a two-dose vaccination series (solely during the 30-day time period  between doses); 3. Employees who are in the 14-day waiting period following their one-dose or two-dose vaccination series. To be exempt from weekly testing,  based on vaccination, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be requested by the  employer. 

Some medical organizations such as HMSA have said to their members that  they will not provide COVID tests to employees who need it for work, and that  COVID tests were being saved for those that were exposed to others who were  COVID positive. Does the mayor’s announcement change this policy?

A: We have no authority over HMSA’s policies 

COVID tests were already scarce before this. Will there be more testing  clinics provided by the county/DOH? If so how soon can we find out some  details so that we may pass them along to our staff? 

A: The County and State are working with testing vendors to expand capabilities.  Affected businesses or employees may also purchase FDA EUA self-administered  over the counter test kits that could be used by employees. These are available  online, or at CVS/Longs, Walgreens, Target and other locations. The following  are a list of registration sites for free testing clinics around the County: 1)  https://hawaiicovid19.com/testing-isolation-quarantine/, 2)  https://preventcovidhi.com/, and 3) https://www.minitmed.com/pre-register maui-covid-19.  

When it comes to travel, the restrictions say that if you want to fly via a  vaccine exemption your departure date needs to be two weeks after you get  your final vaccine shot. Does that also apply to employees who are getting  vaccinated? Do they have to wait two weeks afterwards before coming back to  work?

A: No. Employees who are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated are not  required to stay away from work. These employees may also be exempted from  the testing requirements, as detailed in a previous question above.  

Maui County specifically lists restaurant, bars and gymnasiums as having  to have all of our employees either vaccinated or tested weekly. But what about  staff members who work in those areas who aren’t anywhere near food and  beverage? Such as HR or other office administration? 

A: This is not required under County rules, but may be subject to testing or  vaccination requirements with upcoming federal rules 

If an employee has previously tested positive for COVID-19, is that employee  still required to be vaccinated or test weekly? The DOH has said before that  once a person tests positive they have the antibodies needed that would  prevent transmission of the virus. I imagine that means those employees would  be exempt. 

A: An employee that has tested positive for COVID-19 is exempt from the testing  or vaccination requirement for 90 days from the date of the infection
 

Are there any best practices listed somewhere by the county or state to help  us with verifying the vaccination status or test results? 

A: Smart HEALTH Card: https://hawaiicovid19.com/smart-health-card/ 

Are spas being counted as a type of gymnasium and if so will those  employees have to also be vaccinated/tested? 

A: Yes, gyms, spas, fitness centers, have this requirement.  

Considering that some hotel operations hand out refreshments in the lobby  during check-in, do we need those employees in the lobby to also be vaccinated  and should we be checking guest vaccinations/testing as well in those areas?

A: No 

Does this employee vaccination/testing rule apply to those who work in  banquets and luaus?

A: Yes, for those that handle food and beverages 

Do contract cleaners who clean our restaurants and bars (and hotel gyms)  have to all be vaccinated as well? What if an engineer goes into the kitchen to  fix an oven? I’m just wondering how far to take this mandate.

A: Not required by County rules, but may be impacted by upcoming federal rules 

Can we get a written explanation about the mandatory testing/vaccination  for employees and the indoor/outdoor requirements for those dining in our restaurants/bars? In other words, do our employees who serve food and  beverage in open air environments still have to get vaccinated/weekly testing?

A: Yes, all food establishment employees are required to be vaccinated or test  weekly. Please refer to page 13 in the September 15 rules: https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/125111/COM_Public Health-Emergency-Rules 

Do golf snack shops, golf snack carts and food trucks need to adhere to the  vaccination/testing rule for employees? 

A: Yes, the rules apply to any employee working in a food establishment 

If a restaurant is entirely “outdoor” dining, do the employees still need to  show proof of vaccination/testing? 

Yes, anyone handling food and beverages. 

Do all employees in the hotel spa need to be fully vaccinated or opt for  testing? 

A: Yes, even those providing outdoor massages. 

Can an employee who has received their first shot be exempt for weekly  testing? 

A. Employees who fall into the following categories will not be required to test weekly: 1. Employees who have been fully vaccinated (Fully vaccinated means  that 14 days have passed following a two-dose vaccine series or a single-dose  vaccine.) utilizing a COVID-19 vaccine; 2. Employees who have received the first  dose of a two-dose vaccination series (solely during the 30-day time period  between doses); 3. Employees who are in the 14-day waiting period following  their one-dose or two-dose vaccination series. To be exempt from weekly testing,  based on vaccination, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be requested by the  employer.


Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills, shivering
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or running nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.


When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Inability to wake or stay awake

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has, or may have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

For more information on how to care for yourself and protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.

Who Should be Tested? Not Everyone Needs to Be Tested for COVID-19.

Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.
  • CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.

For additional steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.

How to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

More information on COVID-19 testing in Maui County.


How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Following simple steps can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on our communities.


Stay home if you start to feel ill.

Unless you are going out to seek medical attention, stay at home if you are feeling sick, especially if you have symptoms of fever or cough.

Watch these videos to learn more about staying home when you are sick and the importance of isolation and quarantine.


Avoid close contact with people (social distancing).

  • Try to keep your distance from other people (at least 6 feet or 2 arms lengths)
  • This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick and experiencing severe disease.
  • Watch this video to learn more about social distancing.

Wash your hands often.

Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, then make sure to use soap and running water since sanitizing products will not remove the dirt.


Clean and disinfect

Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.

Everyone can pitch in by practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners. Use EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface and follow the label instructions.


Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Get the flu shot.

People with seasonal influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms as COVID-19 (fever and cough). If more people are protected against influenza, this will reduce confusion and the burden on our healthcare system.

Resources for information above: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hawaii State Department of Health.


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