LIHU‘E — Wednesday, the county reported two new cases of COVID-19, both attributed to community transmission among adult male residents.
Tuesday, the county announced three new positive infections, two of which were community-acquired in female adults. That brings the county’s active case count to 12. The county confirmed that one case is hospitalized on O‘ahu, and the rest are in isolation.
“Since the moratorium on the Safe Travels program, we have seen a shift in our cases: most are now residents, and about half are community-acquired,” Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami said in a statement. “This means that the virus is circulating — still in small numbers — in our community.”
The county is offering free surge testing every Sunday through the end of the year.
This upcoming Sunday, Dec. 13 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium. Preregistration is recommended, which can be found at Kauai.gov/test, but there are walk-ins.
“Department of Health staff are actively investigating and contact-tracing all cases, and requests that residents continue to wear masks, keep distance and avoid large gatherings,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said in a statement. “Free COVID-19 surge testing is available to the public on Sundays, but anyone who has symptoms should talk to their healthcare provider for testing — don’t wait for Sunday testing if you have symptoms.”
Sites for surge testing rotate, and Sunday, Dec. 20 will be at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e, and the final date at this time will be Dec. 27 at Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.