For Immediate Release
August 6, 2020
HONOLULU - The Board of Water Supply (BWS) was informed today that a third employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
“While we are unable to identify the affected employee due to the confidential nature of the medical information and privacy laws, we can share that it has been six days since the individual was last in contact with staff or customers in our workplace,” BWS Manager Ernest Lau said.
“We immediately implemented our response protocol which includes taking precautionary measures, gathering all pertinent information, and working closely with City Physician, Dr. Melanie Lee, and with the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH),” Lau said. “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. We have taken additional precautions by cleaning and disinfecting the affected work area. The affected employee is under the care of a physician and we wish them a safe and speedy recovery.”
Any BWS employee who may have been in close contact with the affected individual has been notified directly and privately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close contact means being within approximately six feet of a person with a symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case for longer than 15 minutes without facial coverings.
Per the Mayor’s and Governor’s Emergency Orders, all BWS employees wear masks while moving about the facilities and, when interacting with other employees, they practice social distancing and utilize the sanitation stations.
The Board of Water Supply (BWS), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, manages Oahu’s municipal water resources and distribution system. As the largest water utility in the State, the BWS serves approximately one million customers on Oahu. The BWS embraces its mission of “Water for Life – Ka Wai Ola” – to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply, now and into the future. Uwē ka lani, ola ka honua – “When the heavens weep, the earth lives.” For more information, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com, follow @BWSHonolulu or like the BWS’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BWSHonolulu.
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