LIHU‘E — County of Kaua‘i announced a full transition to conducting board and commission meetings remotely on Wednesday and will continue to accept written testimony from the public, as is part of the public process.
That announcement is in line with Governor David Ige’s March 16 Emergency Proclamation which, in part, suspended Hawai‘i Revised Statute 92 — Hawai‘i’s public meetings law.
Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Kaua‘i now has four active cases of COVID-19 on the island — three are in home isolation, one remains in isolation at the hospital and all but one case have been confirmed to be travel-related.
To date, there have been a total of 21 cases of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i; 17 of those individuals have either recovered or returned home to the Mainland.
Statewide, a total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Hawai‘I Department of Health on Wednesday. DOH staff says there is an even split between infection risk factors, with travel-association noted in six cases, and community-spread also at six.
Risk factor for one person is unknown at this time.
As of Wednesday, a total of 20,535 individuals have been tested by clinical and state laboratories statewide with 528 individuals testing positive for the virus and 19,972 individuals have tested negative for the virus; 35 test results were inconclusive, according to DOH.
Hawai‘i National Guard announced it is increasing its personnel to 1,200 Guardsmen to help with COVID-19 response on Wednesday. Last week, 400 Soldiers and Airmen were activated; meaning a total of 800 more Guardsmen will be brought on status to assist.
At the Lihu‘e Airport, there were zero arrivals from out of state on Wednesday. Inter-island travel brought 15 arrivals from Honolulu on Wednesday.