Virus sends Summer school online in Kekaha

KEKAHA– Kekaha Elementary School’s summer school program has gone back online because an individual associated with the school is among the existing COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i.

Yesterday, (DOE) Department of Education confirmed the existence of the individual with COVID-19, but couldn’t provide further information due to identity-protection laws.

The entity confirmed Thursday the school is not closed; instead, it has shifted to online learning.

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health has already notified those who may be potentially impacted by the case and Kaua‘i District Health Officer, Dr. Janet Berreman confirmed the individual was already included in the total count of existing cases.

Berreman said the number of reported cases on Kaua‘i for this recent cluster remains stable at 17, only 9 of which are still active. There are no new cases today. Cases include a mix of adults and children.

“The Kaua‘i District Health Office has performed extensive contact tracing and testing, including approximately 150 of our residents,” said Berreman. “We are beginning the process of releasing contacts from quarantine, and releasing cases from isolation, as those periods of restriction come to an end.”

Berreman said they have not seen any virus transmission involving DOE students or staff.

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Stephanie Shinno, features and community reporter, can be reached at 245-0424 or sshinno@thegardenisland.com.

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