LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported three new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, all related to travelers who participated in the state’s Safe Travels pre-testing program.
Two cases are an adult male visitor and adult female visitor who were exempt from the travel quarantine through pre-travel testing uploaded to Safe Travels. They were subsequently tested again on Kaua‘i and both tested positive for COVID-19.
They are now in isolation and a DOH investigation is ongoing. These cases will be included Thursday in DOH’s cumulative case count for Kaua‘i, as the cases were diagnosed on-island.
The third case is an adult male O‘ahu resident who took a pre-travel test and received his positive test result after arriving on Kaua‘i. He is now in isolation and his identified close contacts have been directed to quarantine.
A DOH investigation is ongoing. This case will appear as an O‘ahu case on the state dashboard because that is where the diagnosis test was performed. However, the County of Kaua‘i intends to count all active cases currently on Kaua‘i regardless of the county of diagnosis, toward Kaua‘i’s business and recreational guidelines for the COVID-19 tier tracker.
With Wednesday’s cases, Kaua‘i’s one-week average of daily new cases remains at one. Should the one-week average case count increase to two new cases per day, Kaua‘i County will move to tier 3, prompting additional restrictions. For more information and to view the current daily average, see kauai.gov/COVID-19.
Wednesday’s new cases bring Kaua‘i’s cumulative case total to 73 confirmed, one probable, and six diagnosed out-of-state/off-island. Kaua‘i now has 13 active cases, including 12 related to travel, and 34 contacts in DOH-directed quarantine.
For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, see hawaiicovid19.com.
For more information on the county’s voluntary post-travel testing program, see kauai.gov/COVID-19. For more information on the county’s every-Sunday surge-testing program, visit kauai.gov/test.