Cases not infectious while traveling

LIHU‘E — Investigation the state Department of Health made into the two active COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i gives officials confidence neither was infectious during travel.

DOH Kaua‘i District Health Office Officer Dr. Janet Berreman expanded further on Tuesday.

The infectious period for COVID-19 starts about two days before symptoms do, and the disease is spreadable for about 10 days, Berreman said. “There are case-by-case variations, but this is the general timeframe,” she said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the “onset and duration of viral shedding and the period of infectiousness for COVID-19 are not yet known with certainty.”

However, while “virtually nothing is 100%,” Berreman said, the department is “confident” these two cases, both Mainland travel-linked, were not exposed to others.

“The information DOH gathered in our investigation of these two cases allows us to be confident that they did not travel during their infectious period,” Berreman said.

Both active cases were complying with the state’s mandated two-week quarantine when diagnosed. Berreman said there was “no broad community exposure,” but three close contacts were identified and placed into quarantine this week. Berreman said if this were not the case, the state was prepared to work with airlines and the CDC to identify other close contacts.

“Fortunately, neither of these individuals flew during their infectious period,” Berreman said Monday.

The infectious period lasts for about 10 days after the onset of symptoms, according to the CDC.

“That’s why it’s important for all of us to take care when we are out in public, first and foremost by wearing masks when we are around others from outside our household, such as on an airplane,” Berreman said.

“Any time we are out in public and around others, we could inadvertently be exposed to someone who is infectious. That is why we need to wear masks, keep our distance, wash our hands, and stay home when we are sick,” she said.

State reports 87 new cases

The state reported 87 new positive infections Tuesday — two on Maui, three on Hawai‘i Island, 80 on O‘ahu and two from out of state. No new cases were reported on Kaua‘i.

Hawai‘i has averaged 110 cases a day for the past week.

That brings the state’s total to 12,203 cases reported since the end of February. There are currently 1,900 active cases.

There are currently 147 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 44 people in intensive-care units, according to the DOH. The state’s quarantine facilities are at 32% capacity, with 167 individuals in government-provided rooms. The state has reported 134 COVID-19 related deaths as of Tuesday.

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Sabrina Bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or sbodon@thegardenisland.com.

4 Comments
  1. Chamundi Sabanathan September 30, 2020 6:03 am Reply

    These two cases were not infectious while on the plane, so no pre-flight test would have identified them.
    Therefore, the proposal to rely on a pre-flight test and drop the 14-day quarantine is a recipe for disaster.


  2. Happy and Healthy September 30, 2020 8:44 am Reply

    There have been 134 Hawaii deaths in 7 months for all islands.

    CDC states that 94% of these 134 deaths died from their pre-existing diseases that we know are typical end of life diseases.

    In addition we can safely assume all of these people were taking toxic and even lethal daily prescription drugs for those diseases.

    Thus 94% of the 134 dead people = 126 of those people died of their own diseases, which is not inusual for a state population of approximately 1.5 million people on all islands.

    Therefore, 8 people died from the Covid19 virus, or just slightly over 1 person out of 1,500,000 people died each month from the Covid19 virus. Just 1 out of 1,500,000 people.

    And Gov Ige’s advisors have the state in an economic disaster for this. You’ve lost your job, or your business, or your home, or your car, your boat; and the stress from this ridiculous economic disaster is causing you the loss of your mind, your health, your marriage, your significant other, a visit to see your parents or grandparents; or your children, your brothers and sisters because they live far across the sea.

    And it means the entire USA of 330 million people has only 12,000 actual Covid virus deaths in 7 months of pandemic, not 200,000, or approximately only 1,700 deaths, per month, out of 330,000,000 people.

    More people in the US die per month from each of the following: auto accidents, heart disease, stroke disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and kidney or lung or liver failure, etc.

    This is what you call blown all out of proportion.

    Our nation has become reliant on a medical disease care system, wherein GETTING WELL AND HEALTHY from the common chronic degenerative accumulating end of life diseases is not the motive in medical care. The motive or end result of medical care or is placing people on prescription drugs for the rest of their life for many decades.

    And then you die, short of your potential for an active healthy life longevity. The prescription drugs alone are often lethal, usually cancer causing made from petrochemicals, and each drug causes at least 2 side effects, requiring more prescription drugs in a vicious cycle that has left 80% of the American public taking 1 or more prescription drugs a day, and if not already getting ready to take more, even 5 or 10 prescription drugs a day.

    How many do you take.

    Health care is getting well and not taking any prescription drugs or over the counter medications.

    We need a new Health Care system wherein people get well from disease and stay well. The good side effect of this is when the flu of any kind comes along and you are exposed and infected you have no symptoms, you develop 10 times the amount of antibodies necessary to deactivate the virus, and you are left with immunity for that specific virus.

    Those who do not fear the shut down of the economy by the shut down to offering Hawaii’s natural resource of warmth and beauty via tourism, have a job still, or can independently support themselves, or rely on government hand outs from others taxes, or are just plain old filthy rich.

    The absolute ridiculous thing is that for those who know little about the virus, and thus fear the virus, they know even less about the “rush order” at warp speed (ooops forgot the safety measures) and are willing to take the manmade laboratory disease vaccine, some wanting a shot in each arm, which is the definition of stupidity regardless of which arm or both.

    And thus ignorance is why people settle for and accept disease care prescription drugs over Health Care of getting well amd stating well, and being NOT DEPENDENT on prescription drugs.

    The public should see this fake pandemic as a wake up to the control that disease care has over their bodies and the loss of potential of their life’s longevity and remaining decades of healthy living.

    Get off the drugs, if your prescription drug provider cannot, better to find another provider. We need a new profession of people becoming educated to become Health Coaches, and keep youth healthy and well during life.

    Disease and sickness have only one positive outcome, the wealth and high incomes of disease care providers.


  3. LTEreader September 30, 2020 10:00 am Reply

    And, had they not been in quarantine they would have been out and about unknowingly sharing and shedding the virus among us. Fortunately, we’ve been one of the safest places on the planet to be throughout this pandemic, but that’s about to change dramatically next month. It’s such a shame to see our efforts haphazardly tossed to the wayside with this inefficient 72 hr. pre-test plan, with no back up testing after arrival! SMH.


  4. Thomas Pickett September 30, 2020 5:54 pm Reply

    This is an aggressive and persistent virus. Mr. Mayor please do not lift the 14 day quarantine. Keep the national guard, keep the contact tracing. Protecting the people will in the end protect a robust economic recovery.


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