LIHU‘E — Saturday, the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported five new travel-related COVID-19 cases — one adult resident and four adult visitors.
The county currently has 19 active cases, with one in the hospital and the rest in isolation.
Saturday marked the second day in a row the county reported five new cases. Friday, the county shared the results of two adult residents and three adult visitors, concluding that four were travel-related and one community spread. Thursday, the county reported four new cases.
With these cases, the county hit a seven-day average of 2.5 cases daily. The county reported a test positivity rate of 1.1% on Friday. These metrics are above the Kaua‘i Business and Recreational Guidelines for COVID-19 strategy Tier 4 threshold.
To move tiers, the county will need to sustain a daily week average of two and a positive rate of at least 1% for two weeks. The county is on track to move tiers by the first week of December.
Tier 3 of the Kaua‘i Business and Recreational Guidelines is defined as having a seven-day average of daily case count between two and four, and a test positivity rate between 1% and 2.49%. If the county were to hit this threshold, the biggest change would be restricting group gatherings.
Access to beaches, parks, golf courses and helicopter and commercial recreational boating are fully allowed. However, social gatherings go from 10 indoors and 25 outdoors to 10 both indoors and outdoors.
At a Tier 3 point, both indoor and outdoor sports gatherings are not allowed. Pick-up games that do not require permission or are associated with a formal league or association are allowed with social distancing and masks.
Faith-based services can continue at 50% capacity recommended.
Similar to Tier 4, gyms and fitness centers will continue at 50% capacity, but at this point, groups max out at 10.
Markets and craft fairs can continue through Tier 2.
The county has a cumulative case count of 109. Only 96 have been found locally, one probable case and 12 which were diagnosed elsewhere.
One of Saturday’s new cases had taken a pre-travel test but did not receive the positive result until after arrival. Starting Tuesday, the state will require travelers to have their negative COVID-19 test results in-hand prior to flying or face a 14-day quarantine per a new Safe Travels policy.
Saturday, DOH officials reported 163 new cases and seven deaths, all on O‘ahu. This brings the death toll to 231 across the state.
Of the new cases, 123 were on O‘ahu, 15 on Hawai‘i Island, 12 on Maui and four on Kaua‘i. County and state reports differ due to lags in reporting times.
Sabrina Bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.