LIHU‘E — The county currently has 11 active cases, including three hospitalized, Mayor Derek Kawakami said Monday afternoon.
Six of the county’s nine intensive care unit beds are in use, none of which are being used by the COVID-19 patients, according to the state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard managed by the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency.
The majority of the cases involve travel or association with a traveler, including one Kaua‘i resident with frequent traveler contact.
The county’s cumulative case count is 71 plus one probable, which does not include five visitors who received positive COVID-19 results after arriving onto the island. These cases were added to their county of origin.
The Kaua‘i Police Department and the Hawai’i National Guard are tracking about 1,900 in travel-related quarantine, according to the county.
Monday, the state recorded 64 new coronavirus infections statewide. This includes 53 on O‘ahu, four on Hawai‘i island and two on Kaua‘i, which were reported last week by the county.
The county did not report any new cases this weekend, after a slight uptick in cases, which Kawakami said was “concerning.”
“Some people with COVID-19 may not have symptoms, but many do, so it is important to stay home, even if you feel just a little under the weather,” Kawakami said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms can be fever or chills, cough, shortness or difficulty of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion, nausea and/or diarrhea.
“So if you have any of these types of symptoms, stay home and separate yourself from others,” Kawakami urged. “Use a dedicated bedroom and bathroom if at all possible. And immediately call your doctor or a medical provider for guidance.”
The county’s free surge testing program that kicked off on Sunday saw 194 individuals tested. This program is free for residents and targeted at those who work closely with travelers or are uninsured.
To date, the state has had 16,010 cases, of which 1,160 have required hospitalizations, with 26 new hospitalizations reported Monday.