Study: Residents shirking rules

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i now has 13 active cases of COVID-19 on the island, the County of Kaua‘i said Friday. Total cumulative cases to date are now 34 on the island.

All of the active cases are in isolation, and all other household members and identified close contacts of the active cases are in quarantine.

The state Department of Health is continuing its contact-tracing investigation. Anyone who is identified as a close contact of a positive case will be notified directly by the DOH and offered a test, according to a COK Friday announcement.

The number of confirmed cases climbed statewide on Friday, with 14 new individuals testing positive on O‘ahu.

The DOH announced Friday that they’re seeing an “alarming decrease among residents” in following pandemic rules, claiming an increasing number of Hawai‘i residents “no longer see COVID-19 as much of a threat as they did in the earlier stages of the pandemic.”

According to a survey commissioned by the DOH, the number of people who view the virus as a “very serious” health concern has fallen from 73% to 54% in less than two months. The initial survey was conducted from April 17 to 23, and the follow-up survey was conducted from May 28 to June 7.

More alarming, the entity says, is the effect of that attitude change on prevention behaviors. While those who say they are social distancing “all of the time” has remained steady at 42%, the follow-up survey shows that fewer residents are following current recommendations “most of the time” or “part of the time.”

“It’s critically important for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” said Dr. Bruce Anderson, DOH director.

”We’ve seen a recent increase in cases. We cannot interpret the reopening of businesses, restaurants, parks and other places as a license to let our guards down. Indeed, it is more important now than ever to adhere to prevention measures we know work,” he said.

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Jessica Else, editor-in-chief, can be reached at 245-0457 or jelse@thegardenisland.com.

10 Comments
  1. Wally Roberts June 27, 2020 2:16 am Reply

    People just don’t get it. This virus is nasty and isn’t going away until when, or if, there is a vaccine.


    1. Rick June 27, 2020 7:32 pm Reply

      Its amazing how people can form very strong opinions about things they know very little about. Do yourself a favor Wally, get less information from “the news” and read more things for yourself. Learn about Viruses and bacteria. The more you learn the more you will at least understand people who “just don’t get it”.


  2. Jaybird June 27, 2020 5:54 am Reply

    Maybe some of us are too quick to blame others for guideline violations:

    1. Nearly all of the masks I have seen are worthless and will not prevent spread of the virus.
    2. Many of the worthless masks are not worn properly. (nose &/or mouth exposed).
    3. Masks touched with hands not immediately washed before being donned.
    4. Count the number of social distancing violations inside a food store or pharmacy. 100%?

    While many folks mean well; their efforts are futile. We can do better 🙂


  3. Bluedream June 27, 2020 11:30 am Reply

    The televised “protests” that destroyed democrat run cities, along with the bizarre double standard applied to violent marxist rioters being gushed over by a fawning media, who ignored their own previous fear mongering toward sane law abiding people, will usually wake most normal humans into realizing that covid was more of a miserable social experiment than it was an actual pandemic.


    1. Da Shadow June 27, 2020 4:00 pm Reply

      Well-stated Bluedream. Spot-on.


    2. Kauaidoug June 28, 2020 8:03 am Reply

      Typical rant from, a let me guess, a Trump supporter. Take out the slurs and adjectives and you still have it wrong. Tell the 125,000 dead in America what kind of social experiment this was. If anything, this pandemic will show the fatal error of electing this president.


      1. Everythingisawesome June 29, 2020 5:49 pm Reply

        Not all that die, die of COVID-19. Close to one million Americans have died in the last 4 months. Do the other 850,000 not count? According to the CDC, Americans are dying at a rate…wait for it…only 3% over what was expected absent COVID-19. Nothing to see here.


    3. Thinkkauai June 28, 2020 11:34 pm Reply

      Clever wording and useless application here on Kauai. Well done.


    4. Rednightmare June 29, 2020 4:29 pm Reply

      The virus doesn’t care who you vote for.


  4. rk669 June 27, 2020 2:34 pm Reply

    If your Hair is on Fire,Stay locked upon at Home!
    Otherwise business as Usual!
    Leaders need to Lead, not follow what the Media reports!
    A Fool and his Jesters! Governor and his Mayors!


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