LIHU‘E —The Kaua‘i District Health Office reported one new positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Three cases were released from isolation, including one person who was hospitalized yesterday. Kaua‘i now has six active cases and a cumulative case total of 68 plus one probable.
Yesterday’s case involves a female resident who recently traveled off island. She became symptomatic after returning home and was tested through her medical provider, according to the county.
There is also a new case in a male visitor who recently traveled from the mainland and whose positive pre-travel test was reported after arrival on Kaua‘i. This case will not be added to Kaua‘i’s total case count because it was diagnosed out of state.
Both individuals are in isolation and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and instructed to quarantine.
The Department of Health continues to contact trace. One active case remains hospitalized, and a second active case was hospitalized.
Post-travel testing is available to both residents and visitors who traveled to Kaua‘i from the mainland and participated in the state’s Safe Travel Program. Testing is available no sooner than 72 hours after arrival and up to 14 days, but the preferable time is five to seven days after arrival for best results. Many travelers are not on island that long and in those cases, a test three days after arrival is encouraged.
Hawai‘i health officials reported 156 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic in February to 15,318 cases.
No additional deaths were reported Wednesday.