2 new cases; community spread in small numbers

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.

  1. Paul Loizeaux December 9, 2020 1:05 pm Reply

    Since most cases are community based transmission, would the county be willing to release the areas (zip codes) of where the cases are located? They used to do this early in the pandemic, but stopped.

  2. judi December 9, 2020 8:36 pm Reply

    Seems to be a false sense of security that ‘the virus is not here ‘ Masks are worn in the stores and post office but I see people not social distancing and in conversations with no masks. Also have observed indoor dining at the Coconut Marketplace with tables very close and large groups of diners.

    1. Yu December 10, 2020 7:39 am Reply

      Mind your own business. Quit being a narc.

  3. I,s have it December 10, 2020 1:10 am Reply

    2 today…3 yesterday, the Mayor claims the virus is still spreading , well he’s right, but it not spreading very fast.

    5 people out of 70,000…even if one is a visitor, OK, scratch the visitor, that’s still only 1 in every 17,500 residents, yep not spreading very much at all, at that rate it would take 48 years for all of us to become positive and then become immune and non-contagious regarding the covid-19 virus

    Unfortunately, for the count, what with the PVA, the polyverase testing, there is such a high rate of false positives, we can’t be sure who really has gotten the dreaded virus, because the polyverase test looks for magnified fragments of the virus that both chickens and papaya have same fragment DNA or some such.

    So, if you have recently eaten chicken or papaya, you may show up as a false positive for the horrific virus at hand, and worse if you’ve recently had a chicken papaya plate or salad, because you will have a lot of fragments of the DNA of the chicken or papaya that are similar to the fragments of the peenchy virus in circulation.

    In fact, if the few positive cases are false positives, we may be paranoid of impending death for nothing; and choking on the masks, not even recognizing ones own Mother, or missing a Mother’s hug over the last 9 months for nothing.

    On the other hand since 98% of the people who become infected have Zero or only mild to moderate symptoms, and then they all undergo the immune process, wherein after 3 to 14 days (same amount of days as Quarantine undergoing same immune process of infected), they all develop enough perfectly matched antibodies, not the mismatched antibodies produced against the virus, and the matched antibodies eliminate all the virus, and with no more virus each person is no longer contagious and can no longer spread the virus .

    As well because the immune response process has produced so many antibodies to eliminate all the virus in ones body, the extra millions, if not billions, of left over antibodies that are left over antibodies after eliminating the all the virus in ones body, those left over antibodies are “on alert” as first line of defense to attack any new infection of the Covid-19 virus…those left over antibodies ready and able to immediately attack any new same viruses are what is called IMMUNITY.

    IMMUNITY and NON-CONTAGIOUS, yay, that is what we all want as the virus cannot survive in a community wherein the vast majority of people are virus free due to natural antibodies, and they are non-contagious and cannot spread the virus to others.
    And do not forget that most of you (like 98%) you will become virus free and IMMUNE and become Non-Contagious and yet have Zero symptoms, or only mild to moderate symptoms.

    Already scientists know that if you get vaccinated, you only get some immunity to the vaccine but not immunity to the actual Covid-19 virus. You wonder why all this push to vaccinate the vast majority that are zero to low risk of covid-19 infection.

    Clearly the elderly with existing end of life disease like heart, stroke, obesity, diabetes, cancers, Alzheimer’s, lung, kidney and liver failure and taking multiple prescription drugs should be quarantined or kept well or taken care of, that is the important issue.

    HIGH RISK people taking large numbers prescription drugs or other immune burdening medications.

  4. kauaiboy December 10, 2020 6:36 am Reply

    Governor Ige is proposing furloughs for all employees on the state educational system.Get used to it Hawaii. And get especially use to it, Kauai.

    No tourist dollars coming? No income for many businesses and more furloughs on the way, both at the State and County levels.

    “Under Ige’s plan, thousands of public workers would be affected, including teachers, educational assistants, custodians, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, social workers, university professors, engineers, building inspectors, those who care for our most vulnerable populations, and hundreds of other positions,”

    Following closely behind will be Kauai County workers, as County income diminishes.

    “And it’s not just about workers’ pay and how their spending impacts our local economy; lost work hours during a prolonged furlough will negatively impact all public services provided by the government.”

    Local workers pay spending impacting our economy ? Try NO tourist spending impacting our economy!

    Get Kauai open NOW in the safest way possible, but stop keeping all the tourist dollars in their pockets or going to Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island.

    We are withering on the vine, not just struggling. We are dying from not from Covid but from the destruction of our main economic driver, the tourist industry.

  5. Kauaidoug December 10, 2020 9:30 am Reply

    Judi, it is very easy to report violations on the kauai.gov website. I witnessed a violation just before Thanksgiving and when I saw it my heart sunk because the cars in the parking lot were local and rental. I also heard of violations elsewhere. All this means to me is the behavior I saw is reflected in the community spread sited by the mayor. Remain vigilant.
    And don’t forget to email or contact any and all government representatives at this crucial, critical time as relief is debated in Washington!! They all need to hear from us. We need help, your neighbors need help, do it for your family, yourself, please!

  6. chris December 10, 2020 10:02 am Reply

    Community spread does not excuse nor make it any less troublesome. It came in on a traveler, spread to the community, and , now circulates. Should have never lifted the 14 day quarantine. – so says a mainlander, me.

  7. John December 10, 2020 11:59 am Reply

    ‘We have seen a shift in our cases: most are now residents, and about half are community-acquired,” Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami said.

    Yeah, Mayor, because YOU let in all those infected tourists this autumn, who went around Kauai coughing their sick air on us. After that, it was only a matter of time before community spread became a thing on our island (prior to this it wasn’t).

    Kawakami – you and you alone are responsible for letting this happen. You refused to stand up against Ige or the lobbying interests in the tourism and airline industry, so of course Kauai residents are now sick.

    Thanks Mayor! Hope you and your privileged friends and family enjoy the holidays while the rest of us suffer from Covid, depression and unemployment.

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