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Second person on Molokai tests positive for COVID-19

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                                A news release from Mayor Michael Victorino tonight said the second person on Molokai who has tested positive for COVID-19 is an employee of Friendly Market Center and is currently in self-isolation.

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    A news release from Mayor Michael Victorino tonight said the second person on Molokai who has tested positive for COVID-19 is an employee of Friendly Market Center and is currently in self-isolation.

Molokai now has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, Maui County officials said.

Mayor Michael Victorino said on Saturday night that the individual is an employee of Friendly Market Center and is in self-isolation.

“Unfortunately, this situation was a strong possibility after the first individual, who also is a store employee, tested positive on Molokai,” Victorino said in a news release.

He said all employees at Friendly Market Center are self-quarantined and that the store will be closed until April 20.

“I want the residents of Molokai to know that we will make sure that services and goods will continue to arrive to the island,” Victorino said. “My primary focus is to maintain essential supplies for Molokai and ensure their health and safety.

On Thursday, the county reported the island’s first case, who is a man with a history of travel to Las Vegas.

After the first case was confirmed, all employees of the Family Market Center were tested, which confirmed the second positive case.

Victorino said he state Rep. Lynn DeCoite and Sen. J. Kalani English, who represent Molokai, “have all been working with the local businesses to help sanitize their buildings and surrounding areas.”

In a statement, English said: “By facilitating immediate testing on the island and getting the results processed on Oahu the next day, we were able to identify a second positive case at the store and take steps to reduce further spread. … We are working to ensure the other stores in Kaunakakai have sufficient food and resources for island residents.”

DeCoite added, “Now, more than ever, it is important that we all comply with the County and State stay-at-home orders.”

“Molokai, we are strong, we are resilient and right now is our chance to show the rest of the state how we can come together by complying with all of the county and state recommendations to protect everyone in our community,” DeCoite said.

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