With the recent opening of tourism, and the upcoming opening of schools, the City and County of Honolulu has taken the proactive step to reserve the Park Shore Hotel in Waikīkī for COVID-19 isolation/quarantine hotel rooms. The City and County of Honolulu also leased the property known as the Waikiki Beachside to establish a second COVID-19 Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Center (Center) in partnership with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. Located in Waikīkī, the Center will increase the City’s capacity to offer quarantine and isolation on Oʻahu.
With the addition of these properties, the City and County of Honolulu, in coordination with the Department of Health has procured a potential total of 452 rooms for isolation and quarantine services for residents of O‘ahu who have no other opportunity to safely isolate as they recover from COVID-19. These facilities can also be used by the City’s first responders who may have come into contact with a positive COVID-19 patient.
The City has signed a contract to reserve up to 221 hotel rooms at the Park Shore starting October 15 to December 30 for persons who may be COVID-19 positive and have a need to quarantine or who may have had possible exposure to someone positive and thus has a need to isolate. The City can activate hotel rooms in phases of 80 rooms, 150 rooms or all 221 rooms as may be necessary with notice of five business days given to the hotel. The City has also signed an agreement with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health to provide health services including assessment and intake of clients, transportation to the hotel, meals and oversight monitoring of clients at the hotel.
“We want to prepare for any possible increase in COVID-19 cases and to keep impacts controlled to ensure that the City can support the opening of businesses and the restart of the island economy,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The City structured the contract to provide a reservation of rooms with a deposit so that hotel rooms would not be paid for unless needed at the City and Department of Health’s call. “We want to efficiently budget expenditure of our CARES funds for maximum benefit to those that need assistance,” Mayor Caldwell added.
“Providing additional quarantine and isolation units for those who can’t otherwise do so safely is a key piece to our reopening strategy,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Increasing our quarantine and isolation capacity here on O‘ahu is crucial to keeping people who are sick or who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus from people who have not been exposed. This will become increasingly important as we welcome travelers back to our island in the coming weeks.”
The property consist of 46 apartment units (42 one bedroom and 4 studio units) with on-site parking and laundry facilities. Units are furnished with health services, meals, and light housekeeping provided by the Department of Health.
“Focused on services for unsheltered and vulnerable individuals in our community, the Center offers shelter and health services for those with symptoms of COVID-19 awaiting test results. The brief stay provides stabilization services and an opportunity for more stable long-term services and housing,” added Mayor Caldwell.
The City’s CARES Act funds will cover all related building expenses with Department of Health funding the health and wraparound services.