LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i announced its 18th confirmed case of COVID-19, with eight currently active cases on the island. All but one of these cases are travel related.
As of April 6, there is a statewide total of 387 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center. Sixteen of these cases were reported yesterday with five travel-associated, two community related and the others unknown.
Across the state, there have been 85 recovered cases and five total deaths.
Confirmed cases by island:
• Honolulu: 292
• Hawai‘i: 23
• Maui: 44
• Kaua‘i: 18
• Hawai‘i residents on the mainland: 2
The Joint Information Center reports that close to 14,000 tests have been administered across the state, focusing on those with symptoms. The Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say only those with COVID-19 symptoms and with the direction of a personal health care professional should be tested.
“There is recent evidence of pre-symptomatic transmission, but we are not relaxing our testing requirements,” DOH Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said. “Only those people who are symptomatic should be tested to avoid overtaxing private clinical labs and in recognition that there is a national shortage of testing kits and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers who collect the specimens and lab workers who run the tests.”
Airline arrivals dropped by 100 passengers between Saturday-to-Sunday, according to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
Of the 23 flights that brought 583 people into the state, only two flights flew into Lihu‘e on Sunday carrying 25 people in total (32 counting crew).
Travelers from out-of-state or from another island are required to participate in a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
“We can’t let this happen here. We need to stop the spread. We need to stop it now,” Gov. David Ige said. “The coronavirus has no boundaries.”