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How UH Hilo’s Medical Services is preparing for cases of COVID-19

Staff Writer Holly S. Trowbridge

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Big Island rising rapidly, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is preparing to take preventive measures against the spread of the disease. Ke Kalahea reached out to the university’s Student Medical Center asking how the center will be preparing for the possible spread of COVID-19 on campus. The Medical Center will be doing telephone consults as much as possible to assist students with their healthcare needs, according to Family Nurse Practitioner and Director for Medical Services Dr. Dr. Heather Hirata , DNP, MSN, APRN-RX.

Additionally, Hirata says, “We are not doing testing and the recommendation is to call the clinic with any concerning symptoms for consultation. If anyone on campus was a confirmed positive the Hawai‘i Department of Health would be the agency in charge to determine next actions. Medical Services would follow all their recommendations.”

More information can be found on the website for the Medical Services and contains the most updated information.