Honolulu opens 2nd isolation, quarantine facility for COVID-19 prevention
The City and County of Honolulu opened its second isolation and quarantine facility for COVID patients Monday in ʻEwa Beach.
The three-story building at West Loch was the first stacked modular project in the state. The 26-unit facility has the ability to expand to more than 50 units.
The $21 million building will provide added capacity to the city's isolation and quarantine facility currently available at Harbor Arms in ʻAiea.
“We are opening this facility out of an abundance of caution, however we remain optimistic that the Omicron variant has peaked with an anticipated decline in the need for isolation and quarantine resources in the near future," Mayor Rick Blangiardi said.
Those seeking admission can call the Aloha United Way at 211. But the city said it is prioritizing patients discharged from hospitals to help free up hospital rooms.
The building was originally built as affordable housing for individuals and couples on Oʻahu at or below 50% of the area median income and is slated to open after, the city said.