County announces three new cases of COVID-19

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported three new case of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i on Tuesday.

Two of the cases are adult female residents with community-acquired infection. The third case is a visiting male O‘ahu resident with a pre-travel test result that returned as positive after arrival on Kaua‘i.

All active cases are in isolation, and one is hospitalized. Close contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.

Tuesday’s cases bring the number of on-island active cases to 13, with 143 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 124 confirmed locally, one probable, and 18 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

Mayor Derek Kawakami’s emergency rule 23 is in effect, which sets a temporary moratorium of the Safe Travels program. Under this rule, effective last week all incoming travelers, including mainland, inter-island residents and visitors, are under a 14-day, mandatory quarantine.

The county’s modified-quarantine program remains in place for critical infrastructure workers, essential medical travel or other special circumstances. To apply for a modified quarantine, visit and click on the “modified quarantine request” button at the top of the page.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit

For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit

  1. Bob Weiner December 8, 2020 9:15 pm Reply

    18 total positives who were on Kauai and found out of positive status only after arriving.
    So much for the “safety” of Safe Travels. Bob Weiner

  2. Michael December 9, 2020 3:43 am Reply

    Somebody, please explain why a traveler is allowed to travel to Hawaii before the results of their COVID test is known.

  3. Ruthann jones December 9, 2020 6:03 am Reply

    ….and fellow passengers on plane exposed!

  4. MisterM December 9, 2020 7:15 am Reply

    Why are people allowed to travel without a negative test immediately prior to arriving? Then require additional test immediately before travel?

    Simply can’t trust redhatter covidiots

  5. Hungry and homeless December 9, 2020 7:16 am Reply

    So we are in Tier 4, and I think we always have been, with a good margin to spare. So when are we returning to work? I see no logic in the mayor’s scheme to impose extreme measures, but I am hungry and will very soon be homeless! When do we get to get back to work?

    1. Ike Ogut December 10, 2020 12:39 pm Reply

      You can always find another work… But once your health is gone, you are gone…

  6. kauaibest December 9, 2020 7:58 am Reply

    Why aren’t we posting where these people have been around the island? I don’t need names but it would be helpful to what stores or restaurants they may have been in on specific days. We need a little more transparency please!

  7. Hirondelle December 9, 2020 8:42 am Reply

    This would be a good time for long haul visitors who usually spend the winter in Kauai to just investigate shopping at island favorites by mail. Much of the mainland cannot find “trusted partners” for testing in their home areas; and getting results of the specified test back in 72 hours is a pipe dream for many more. Even arriving with a negative test in hand should require quarantine until a test can be given and returned; and all that is likely to take a week. (Will that be at a “bubble resort” that charges $500 or more per night to wander a Petri dish?) Testing on the mainland is notoriously sparse, slow, and unreliable. Send your favorite restaurant or shop a check and consider it an investment in seeing them in 2022.

  8. Kali Yuga December 9, 2020 1:20 pm Reply

    There is no science behind any of this. “community acquired infection” – is a double lie. A positive test is not an active infection – it merely tests for the presence of corona virus family particles – if this test is magnified enough nearly everyone would be positive, because it is not specific to this “novel coronavirus”. Secondly there is no evidence of transmission – that’s impossible to prove.

  9. John December 9, 2020 1:51 pm Reply

    Up until the recent re-opening this past autumn, community spread simply did not exist in Kauai. We have Kawakami and Ige to thank for our residents – who made huge sacrifices in the spring and summer to hunker down at home (and also losing their jobs and businesses) – now being exposed to all these infected tourists and travelers.

    It could have been so easily avoidable, one wonders if there was malicious intent behind their decision? After all, the poorer and sicker Kauai residents become, the more easily it will be for Kawakami’s rich friends to buy up our property.

    1. Her E Cane December 10, 2020 9:15 am Reply

      Yeah, and the Gov and Mayor should accept blame for hurricane damage.

      If we gave as much fear and notoriety and press to the flu of 2000 and onwards and backward, same virility and earths to elderly sick gonna die anyway, there would be no end to this insanity and proof the Health dept is a disease perpetuating dept.

      Is someone coming we can depend on for reporting normal…mentality.

  10. Kauai Boy Mainland December 9, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

    OMG, you should all hear the panic and fear in your tones.

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