Two arrested for violating 14-day quarantine

  • John Shiffler

  • Andrew Denny

LIHU‘E – Two men were recently arrested on Kaua‘i for violating Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine emergency rules pertaining to COVID-19. The quarantine requires that all trans-Pacific visitors and returning residents stay in an approved accommodation for 14 days, including having food delivered, except for emergency medical purposes.

Kaua‘i police officers arrested John Shiffler, 51, of Salt Lake City, Utah at approximately 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport after he refused to comply with the Governor’s quarantine requirement. Shiffler arrived on a direct Delta flight from Los Angeles International Airport.

Kaua‘i police also arrested Andrew Denny, 40, of Wailua at approximately 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday. According to preliminary police reports, Denny spent one month in Florida and other areas of the continental U.S. before returning to the island on July 4. He had been reported to the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) as not abiding by the 14-day quarantine order and had been seen by people at various locations around the island. Patrol officers located him on Wednesday morning in Lihu‘e.

Both men were taken to Wilcox Hospital for a medical evaluation and clearance before being brought to KPD’s detention center where they are both being held on $1,000 bail.

KPD has made 46 arrests to-date for violations of the 14-day quarantine emergency rules. All individuals who are arrested are subject to up to one year in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

“Kaua‘i continues to remain vulnerable considering its limited health care capacity, especially with the COVID pandemic sweeping across the mainland,” said Patrol Services Bureau Assistant Chief Mark Begley. “Our team of police officers, National Guard soldiers, and community partners remain vigilant in protecting Kaua‘i. But we cannot do it alone. We need everyone’s cooperation to protect our island, including those who are thinking of traveling during a pandemic.”

  1. randy kansas July 16, 2020 2:32 am Reply

    if folks show up on island with a negative test and then were required to get tested again upon arrival, what is their risk of spreading to others….confused…?

    seems like all of our cases are internal not external…

    1. Michael July 16, 2020 2:40 pm Reply

      For all you folks cheering on the politicians of Hawaii and the ruin of the tourism industry, please be ready to also cheer when your property taxes, GET, and state income taxes double. Tourists pay or locals pay. Government never shrinks.

      1. Mikey July 17, 2020 7:17 am Reply

        Pray tell what is the deadline you expect this to happen? That way we can hold your hysterics accountable.

    2. DA July 16, 2020 3:09 pm Reply

      The virus can be missed when testing asymptomatic people, so it can easily get through. Estimates are 33% of infected will get through if you test before and after flight. It’s why test, quaratine and then test again is best.

  2. David Mecham July 16, 2020 4:14 am Reply

    A $5000 bail seems more approoriare, if a person can get out on bail for $1000 with wouldund they want to appear in court and risk paying $4000 more.

  3. Kauaidoug July 16, 2020 8:35 am Reply

    How in the world, literally, are we going to protect ourselves from tourists and people like these typhoid Marys? How many people have they come in contact with. Apparently, article doesn’t say, they got tested at the hospital but how long till we know? This is just the tip folks!

  4. Renee July 16, 2020 10:47 am Reply

    I am sure many of you have noticed the trickling in of visitors.
    these people are not quarantining.
    How does one go about reporting this without proof?

    in my complex where i live they are going about there business and im seeing suitcases
    of early arrivals , kids running around. im just confused as to how we go about reporting it?

  5. Jamie Rainbow July 16, 2020 1:18 pm Reply

    Go Kauai!!!, You should issue detention leg bracelets to all people who enter the 14 day quarantine and treat it just like house arrest. I would be willing to pay an added fee to know my visit did not endanger the lifes of the people of Hawaii. There has to be a plan.


    1. Archie July 16, 2020 3:16 pm Reply

      We quarantined. Some of us have respect for the people who live here and would feel terrible if we spread it. We were tested before we left, then quarantined for 14 days. We were visited often by police and national guard with random checks during the quarantine. The 14 day system is a good one and is used in countries that have a handle on the virus, like New Zealand. I think a lot more people are quaratining than people realize. You just don’t see them because they are locked away.

  6. Ailani R July 16, 2020 4:51 pm Reply

    I don’t understand why people have such a hard time being mindful of others. I had 4 teenagers on solid lockdown quarantine without any complaints, so why can’t a grown up do it? Nobody here on Kauai wants to invite the virus. We can get through this together and help each other instead of worrying about tourism. We’re used to restarting the and preserving the paradise we are blessed to inhabit

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