I encourage all my patients and their friends and family to get vaccinated!
Kaua‘i Lowering Vaccination Age to 16+
Effective Monday, April 5 Kaua‘i will begin vaccinating individuals aged 16+, in line with the Department of Health’s direction to expand vaccine eligibility on the neighbor islands as vaccine appointments and supply become available. Kaua‘i residents should visit WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine for the latest appointment availability and to schedule an appointment.
You can also go to the County of Kauai's website for other options for obtaining the vaccine:
Kaua‘i Vaccine Clinic for Ages 75 and Older
Wilcox Medical Center will offer COVID-19 vaccines for people ages 75 and older by appointment only beginning January 15.
Wilcox Medical Center
3-3420 Kuhio Highway, Lihue
Conference Room B/C
Wilcox COVID-19 vaccinations are scheduled as follows:
· Friday, Jan. 15 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Tuesday, Jan. 19 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Thursday, Jan. 21 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Friday, Jan. 22 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vaccinations are available by appointment only. To begin the process, adults ages 75 and older can complete the online appointment request form at WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine. A patient service representative will follow-up to schedule an appointment. Patients of Wilcox and Kaua‘i Medical Clinic who have a MyChart® by Hawai‘i Pacific Health account will also be sent a notification through MyChart when they can sign up for an appointment. Patients who do not already have an account are encouraged to create one online at MyChart.HawaiiPacificHealth.org, as it will be the easiest way to schedule an appointment.
Walk-ins will not be accepted. People with appointments should use the side entrance to Wilcox Medical Center next to the Infusion Center when arriving at the medical center.
Please let me know if you need an invitation to MyChart!!
This is great news!
The following guidelines apply to people without symptoms who have returned from travel or who have a potential exposure. For the good of us all and to be able to return to "normal" as soon as possible, we all have to play our part and do the right thing.
Remember to mask up, wash up, and suck it up by maintaining physical distance. It is great to stay in touch from 6 feet apart or via video. Here is a picture of me forgetting to take off my mask for a video visit... we had a laugh about it.
Updated CDC Quarantine Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised the quarantine options for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Instead of the standard 14-day quarantine it has been recommending, the CDC established acceptable options for a shorter quarantine period based on local circumstances or when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available. The alternative and acceptable options are as follows:
· Quarantine can end after 10 days for a person with potential exposure without testing and if no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring.
· Quarantine can end after 7 days for a person with potential exposure if test results are negative and if no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring.
Although we are waiting for the Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) to officially endorse this update, we have been successfully following the 7-day retest strategy for several months, to shorten quarantine for everyone.
Analysis: 9 states are testing enough to safely reopen
A Harvard-NPR analysis showed only nine US states -- Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, West Virginia, Oregon, Tennessee and North Dakota -- are reaching the COVID-19 testing minimums needed to ease social distancing restrictions and safely reopen by May 15. Over 40 states are reopening businesses, while the US has logged more than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases and almost 76,000 deaths.
Full Story: National Public Radio (5/7), The Hill (5/7), CNN (5/8)
Proud of Hawaii for doing the best we can to do this right!
I did sanitize my hands immediately before and after filming this video!!
Many of you are probably wondering if staying at home really makes a difference. I know you have probably been watching the news and it seems as though the experts and the president are saying different things. This can be confusing, so I have posted some information here that can be found online:
I found the graphs helpful to visualize the concept of controlling this virus by preventing the spread.
If you look at these graphs, you will notice that we seem to have adequate resources and small numbers of deaths compared with other states. For example, our projected peak of deaths per day (4/12) is behind New York for example (they are hoping their peak is tomorrow) and our number is low: 17 (NY is 878 deaths per day.)
Our total deaths: 155 by 8/1/2020 is also low compared with New York(15,618).
Now we don't have too much in common with New York, especially NYC, which is where most of this is happening. But we can also compare with other places that have smaller populations.
I think that we are doing well because we are taking things seriously. Thank you for doing your part!! Let's hope the numbers turn out to be lower than projected because we are all doing the right thing.
Hi everyone, I haven't had any real change to previously posted information until now. I am glad that the CDC has come out in favor of covering your nose and mouth with some sort of mask, bandanna, or scarf.
With the usual cold and flu, we don't recommend this measure unless you are the one who is sick.
The trouble is, this time up to 25% of estimated cases may be asymptomatic, just feel fine, but spread the virus all over the place. Also, some people take up to 7 days to get symptoms, but we don't know for sure how long they may be spreading the virus without realizing they are getting sick.
Don't let wearing a mask give you a false sense of security. You still need to be careful to clean your hands and avoid touching your face, including your eyes.
Continue to maintain social distancing habits and STAY HOME if you don't need to go to the grocery store or work where you are needed.
I continue to do video visits to try and keep up with our routine health care needs and to help you stay away from the urgent care or hospital unless really necessary. Please reach out if you need an appointment or have a concern.
Meanwhile, BE WELL, be kind, be thoughtful, be mindful.
Warmest regards, Dr Collins
Dr. Collins is interested in the health and well being of the individual, community, and planet.