Ebola and Infectious Disease Preparedness

Community Message – Ebola and infectious disease Preparedness

Kona Community Hospital is dedicated to the safety of our patients, employees, and our community.  We regularly monitor updates made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain current with the latest information and precautions.  We adhere strictly to these guidelines and the best practices to detect and respond to potential Ebola cases.

Our Infection Control Director and Clinical Management Team are conducting on-going, focused training to educate and protect clinical and non-clinical hospital staff at all levels.

Additional preparation for staff:

  • Ongoing education and training to review infection control procedures and protocols specific to the Ebola virus.
  • Work with clinical and triage staff in the emergency department to ensure that patient entry points contain the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Educational and informational sessions via staff meetings and employee Town Hall meetings.

The likelihood of a patient in Hawaii County being diagnosed with the Ebola Virus is very slim.  However, we are monitoring the situation and remain vigilant to the risks.

It is important to keep in mind that Ebola is not an airborne disease, and is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick.  If you have flu-like symptoms, please notify your doctor immediately.