3 new community spread cases, Saturday

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

One of the cases is an adult resident, and the two others are children. All are community-acquired infections. Saturday’s cases are from different households and not connected to each other. 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.

Saturday’s cases bring the number of on-island active cases to 17, with 155 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 136 confirmed locally, one probable, and 18 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

The DOH advises residents to wear masks at all times when outside the home and around other people. The virus is circulating in the community and is not confined to one location or part of the island. If all are careful whenever out, the island can continue to enjoy Tier 4 activities through the holidays.

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

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.

For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit hawaiicovid19.com.

  1. Kauai Boy Mainland December 12, 2020 11:55 pm Reply

    Oh no! What we going do? Please Mr. Mayor, save us!

    1. John December 13, 2020 8:23 pm Reply

      I know you are being sarcastic and flippant, but there are many who believe that Kawakami conspired to engineer community spread on Kauai by inexplicably opening up the island to un-tested and un-quarantined tourism this past autumn.

      By doing so, he instantly instituted community spread on an island where community spread previously had been at 0% since the start of Covid. Now that community spread is a thing (including the first cases involving children), Kawakami has permanently crippled our ability to proceed with our lives as usual. No more school, hundreds of closed small businesses, and thousands of unemployed residents.

      By impoverishing us, he forces our hand to sell our properties to his wealthy friends in the GMO and tourism industries. It’s all part of a bigger plan by the powers that be. I’m not saying it’s true or that I believe it, but this is the rumor going around, and history has proven that there’s a little bit of truth to every rumor.

  2. truth be known December 13, 2020 1:48 pm Reply

    Here’s a novel idea. How about, if you’re feeling “under the weather”, stay home and self-isolate. If you have to go out, wear a mask. The other 70,000 of us who are not sick should not wear a mask. That way the healthy of us can identify the sick ones and avoid them. If you are a tourist or if you have traveled, you should be required to wear a tracking bracelet and wear a mask when out in public for a period of 10 days. At the end of the 10 day period the bracelet will be removed if the person is healthy. It’s not a perfect scenario but neither is what we have now. More evidence is emerging that the PCR test is unreliable and should not be used to verify COVID-19.

  3. Mr.Ford December 13, 2020 1:55 pm Reply

    It’s not a plague. Thank God it’s not a plague but God, protect me from those you who commit corruption, those who say with their mouth that they only want peace.

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