Third case of COVID-19 confirmed

LIHUE – Department of Health has confirmed the third case of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i in an adult female resident, who is currently in stable condition and isolated at home.

Mayor Derek Kawakami said the woman traveled back to Hawai‘i from New York on March 16 and immediately sought medical attention.

““From there she went directly home and remains in isolation. The department of health is investigating any close contact she may have had and is regularly monitoring her well being,” Kawakami confirmed Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Hawai‘i is at 37, with five on Maui, one on Hawai‘i Island, 28 on O‘ahu and three on Kaua‘i.

Kawakami said Friday the two other cases on Kaua‘i are in stable condition in isolation.

The Garden Island will continue to report information as it becomes available.

  1. jake March 20, 2020 3:10 pm Reply

    So, how many people came in contact with her on the flight, and who got off the plane with her on Kauai? C’mon, guys. When infected people get off those planes on Kauai, it’s like someone drops a bag of marbles. You’ve got to start keeping better track of potential carriers.

  2. kauai resident March 20, 2020 6:41 pm Reply

    I’m not worried about the corona virus. I’m worried that the citizens of Kauai just had the civil liberties taken away at the drop of a hat… all out of fear, from a virus that has been hyped up in the media to be more than it really is. I’m worried that our country and this island can slide into a situation where the government is god even though it is known to be fraught with corruption an incompetence. Fear from a virus that has been reported to be man made, maybe by our gov’t or by china’s … now step out into the streets tonight and our loving govt can lock you up in jail for one whole year… all in the name of your personal saftey

  3. Michael Diamant March 21, 2020 3:11 am Reply

    Many countries have closed their borders. Hawaii is no longer a port of call for cruise ships. Why hasn’t Hawaii banned all non-essential airline travel to Hawaii? There are obvious ramifications. However, waiting for airlines to voluntarily do this is going to be too little, too late. Case in point is the notification of the 3rd case of Covid-19 on Kauai. Obviously, this person came in contact with many individual while returning to Kauai. These individuals, in turn could become part of the exponential spread of Covid-19. Someone needs to make this decision and make it now. BAN NON-ESSENTIAL AIRLINE TRAVEL TO HAWAII, before Kauai’s 3 cases become 33, then 330, etc.

  4. LTEreader March 21, 2020 7:38 am Reply

    “Mayor Derek Kawakami said the woman traveled back to Hawai‘i from New York on March 16 and immediately sought medical attention.”

    So, in other words she was already symptomatic and still hopped on a plane?

    And, apparently the 2 in isolation had close contact with someone who tested positive on the Mainland before they hopped on a plane to Maui and Kaua’i.

    Who knows how many others were in contact with these people while traveling. Inexcusable.

    1. Eileen M. Winters March 21, 2020 4:58 pm Reply

      I agree with you totally! We have kept rabies out of Hawaii with strict controls on dogs before they can even come here. Additionally, even if they are healthy, if all criteria are not met, they go straight to quarantine here.

      It’s simple, apply the same rules to Humans!!!

  5. Kimo Kane March 21, 2020 10:19 am Reply

    Can you report in how many people on Kauai have been tested. Most people I know that have tried to get a test have been rejected.

  6. behappy March 21, 2020 11:49 am Reply

    Everyone on her flights should be immediately tested. It’s the only way to stop the spread. Doesn’t matter if they have symptoms or not. By then it’s too late. It’s irresponsible to travel when sick, especially now.

  7. notahippi March 21, 2020 7:00 pm Reply

    Mayor Kawakami, if our community is being punished with lockdowns and losing our business would it not be common sense to STOP ALL NON-ESSENTIAL AIRLINE AND CRUISE SHIP TRAVEL TO HAWAII, (to keep us safe,healthy )

    1. LMat March 23, 2020 9:07 am Reply

      Only the Federal government can halt travel. Mayor can’t and governor cant.

  8. sarah fullie March 21, 2020 9:03 pm Reply

    Oahu did not shut it down right away, This was a mistake. The majority of the cases now at 48 are coming from Oahu. Kauai’s line will hold, because our mayor took quick progressive steps to try and stem the flow.

    The outer islands mayors need to stand strong against Oahu. They have a million people over there. We cannot let them flood into our small outer islands and overwhelm us. Not only that , we have a double problem. There are heinous people on our island, not only encouraging people to come here, they are actually marketing their airnb’s as “Virus Getaways”. I saw it on Craiglist. The owner was right here on Kauai.

    There was one, trying to market a place for five thousand dollars a month on the north-shore, trying to cover the you know what by saying “Only for locals and visitors who are already here.
    Yeah, what locals can afford that? Seems the situation is so bad on the mainland, that they figure Kauai is a super-safe bet, and they want to get around this in style.

    On our backs. Get em, Derek. Make two bills as fast as you can. One that prevents price gauging , use the old Iniki one that was passed, then another calling for 1 year in jail for anyone who knowingly entices a visitor to your island and markets their property as a haven for them. Take away the Vacation Rental License for life. There is so much that could be done right now. Make them swim back.

    Whats words they will take all of our supplies, and all of our test kits so we cant get tested, because each one of them has to be tested. Straining our hospitals, and our staff and people have to serve their privileged baboons.

    After seeing how these selfish tourists behave and the equally selfish carpetbaggers who are bringing them here, I will never work in tourism again. And I have been doing it for 45 years. I am out. That is the last straw for me.

    Anyone asks me anything about Hawaii, in the future, I am going to say “No Comprende Inglish”.

    As for us, we need to make sure every visitor we encounter we let them know how we feel about them jumping cheap flights and using our island to “ride out the storm”. They are not welcome.

    And anyone who says yes they are, I say then say goodbye to possibly yourself, your friends, and all your kahuna. Because the longer this virus takes to get to us, and we get our curve and surge which we will, the more it has an opportunity to morph.

    And let me lay this on all of you guys. At one time, Italy only had three cases as well. They had 793 cases in one night. That was last night.

    And don’t start with that “Its just mild”, crap. In Italy it is morphing and catching people older. Doctors and nurses are dying. Not only that, i forget where it was, but a 14 year old died. Lots of young people are getting so sick they have to be hospitalized. With searing headaches, difficulty breathing coughing so hard you spit up blood.

    Yes, my friends. That is the “flu”, or the “pneumonia”, you are all making fun of and feeling so invincible about. You know, I cant help thinking about all my male relatives, cousins uncles, blowing out their noses onto the ground. One of my uncles used to clear out his nose on the ground seems like every five minutes. Sneeze, wipe it on his pants. Every surfer I ever knew wearing a shirt would wipe the runny nose on the bottom of the shirt. Don’t laugh you have done it too.

    Then shaken hands with your friends.,No one went and washed their hands, or anything. This virus is like ukus. You have to wash your hair your clothes your bedding you have to wipe down surfaces. Yeah. Its that bad. And, if you just keep doing whatever, you end up with 753 cases in one night. Overnight.

    So, its a three pronged think. Everyone who says “AInokea”., or “AInofea”, local style, or who says “Hey Kauai is a great place to hang out till its over”, from the vacay crowd, and “Yay come on over the water is fine”, from the vacay owner crowd, and then “Omg I am gonna get toilet-paper and hoard” crowd, its gonna get a lot worse, peeps.

    Me? I am gonna run up the top of the mountains build me a shack and stay there till its over.

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