LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
All of the cases are adult residents: two are community-acquired infections, and two are travel-related. All active cases are in isolation, and one case is hospitalized on O‘ahu. Close contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.
Friday’s cases bring the number of on-island active cases to 15, with 152 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 133 confirmed locally, one probable, and 18 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
“The virus is circulating in our community and is not confined to one location or part of our island,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami.
”If we are all careful whenever we are out, we can continue to enjoy our Tier 4 activities through the holidays,” said Kawakami. “It is essential to wear your mask at all times when outside your home and around other people.”
The mayor’s emergency rule 23 is in effect, which sets a temporary moratorium of the state’s Safe Travels program. Under this rule, effective earlier this month, 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 kauai.gov/COVID-19 and click on the “modified quarantine request” button at the top of the page.
For more information, see kauai.gov/COVID-19 and hawaiicovid19.com.