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Hospitals across Hawaii prepare for potential COVID-19 surge

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County hospitals in Hawaii are preparing for a potential surge in COVID patients as cases continue to climb, driven by the extremely virulent Omicron strain.

KIHEI, Hawaii (KITV4) -- A physician at a Maui hospital says it's only a matter of time before the Omicron COVID-19 variant affects his community. To prepare for a potential surge, Maui Memorial Medical Center administrators are already looking for additional staff in case extra help is needed.

"As a health system, we're as prepared as we can be," said Dr. Michael Shea, Maui Memorial Medical Center chief medical director.

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