UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced this Friday evening.
Green received his results tonight and is isolating in a bedroom at his home. His office reported this morning that one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Lt. Gov. Green plans to continue his duties from his home as long as he’s feeling well,” Green’s office said in a press release. “Dr. Green reports that he feels fine and plans to update friends and family as he goes through what thousands of Hawaii citizens are experiencing.”
Green was on staff at the Kohala Hospital emergency department on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
“Per our emergency management protocols, we immediately began tracing and testing all employees who had contact with Dr. Green,” said Kohala Hospital Administrator Gino Amar in a press release tonight. “I have also been in touch with the patients who Dr. Green treated over the weekend. We will be conducting two rounds of COVID testing for each of those patients.”
The lieutenant governor’s office, with 14 employees that include administrative, executive staff and security, was notified at 9 a.m. Friday of the infection. They will all be quarantined and get tested, a spokeswoman for Green wrote in an email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Green, who is head of the state’s COVID-19 response, tested negative for the virus last week before his emergency room shift at Kohala Hospital on the Big Island. He was in close contact with the staff member and was tested again today.
“We are following proper protocols to ensure the health and safety of our team members first and foremost,” he said. “Our thoughts are with our team member who tested positive for COVID-19 and wish them a speedy recovery.”