LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i officials confirmed Wednesday that no new COVID-19 cases have been reported since March 29 on the island, though the number of cases statewide continues to climb.
As of noon on Wednesday, health officials said there have been a total of 258 positive cases reported statewide since Feb. 28, including 34 new cases reported from the islands of Maui Hawai‘i and from Honolulu, with a total of 69 individuals released from isolation.
On Kaua‘i, the total number of confirmed cases remains at 12. Seven individuals have either recovered, or returned to their home on the mainland, according to Mayor Kawakami, who included new numbers in his Wednesday video address to the people of Kaua‘i.
The remaining five active cases on Kaua‘i are residents. Four remain in home isolation and one of the cases is now in isolation at the hospital.
The 14-day quarantine for all incoming people to Hawai‘i— traveling from mainland, internationally or inter-island — kicked off yesterday.
“For residents, this means you must shelter in your home and cannot leave your property,” Kawakami reminded the public Wednesday. “For visitors, this means you must stay in your hotel room or private lanai. You cannot roam the hotel property or visit the gym, pool or other outside spaces. Any food or supplies that a person needs while in quarantine must be delivered.”
All who travel inter-island will be required to complete an Interisland Declaration Form. It will include: Name; residential address; contact number; and destination information. Travelers must also declare the purpose of their travel. To view a copy of the Declaration Form, please visit governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom
In Washington D.C., President Trump signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Sate of Hawaii on Wednesday, triggering the release of Federal funds to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration is in effect from Jan. 20, 2020 and is continuing. The disaster declaration provides assistance to individuals and households and for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. The measure provides direct federal assistance of 75% of the total cost.
Meanwhile, the Hawaii National Guard has been partially activated and is standing ready to provide community support during the COVID-19 crisis. Airmen from the Air National Guard’s, Medical Detachment 1 are carrying out daily temperature screenings and health surveys for guardsmen on active duty. Their job is to make sure that guardsmen remain healthy for the duration of their deployments. Currently the guard is doing planning and logistics in support of the state and is prepared to take on any tasks as assigned by the governor.