No new cases Monday, officials urging continued vigilance

LIHU‘E — Since Dec. 1, the county has reported 20 infections. Of that, seven were travel-related and 13 deemed community transmission.

The county last reported new cases on Saturday, with the addition of three, all of which were community-acquired. In that reporting, the county stated that all three cases, of one adult and two children, were all from different households.

According to the county’s COVID-19 tracker, there are currently 15 active cases on island and 71 close contacts in quarantine. All active cases are in isolation, and one is hospitalized on O‘ahu. No new cases were reported Monday.

A little over two weeks after Thanksgiving, Mayor Derek Kawakami, joined by Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman, noted a “relatively low” infection rate he said during Monday’s COVID-19 update.

“That means that most people in our community understood and heeded the guidelines to celebrate differently this year,” Berreman said Monday. “Most of us avoided big holiday gatherings, limited our travels, and used masks and distancing as additional layers of protection. The lack of a surge in case counts here on Kaua‘i is an indication that this special care had its effect.”

Holiday gatherings, Berreman said, can be the source of disease spread, and with festivities on-going, it’s important to continue vigilance.

“That is why our messaging has emphasized the importance of taking special care around holidays — avoiding large gatherings, maintaining distancing, and wearing masks any time you are in the presence of people from outside your immediate household,” Berreman continued.

And while the country moves toward mass-vaccination efforts, Berreman reminded residents that, “it will take several months to achieve significant levels of vaccination.”

“Until that occurs, we need to keep taking special care,” Berreman said. “Please wear your mask any time you are outside your home, keep appropriate distance, avoid large gatherings, and limit your holiday travel.”

Monday, the state’s Department of Health reported 190 new COVID-19 cases, including 158 on O‘ahu, 15 on the Hawai‘i Island, 15 on Maui and two residents diagnosed outside the state.

There are two free surge testing events left as part of a partnership between the Department of Health and the county.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e. The final session will be at the Byran J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a. Testing is free for all, and it’s recommended to preregister at

  1. Dr Schmoctor December 15, 2020 7:29 am Reply

    No cases? That can’t be right, or maybe covid is saving it’s energy up so it can get more people today. Be very afraid and hide under your beds. If you are too fat to hide under your bed, hide out at Costco, Wallmart, or a corporate hotel, which are statistically safer than hiding out at a small businesses which officials are snuffing out in order to flatten the curve.

  2. kauaiboy December 15, 2020 7:47 am Reply

    Ono Family Restaurant CLOSED FOR GOOD after 40 years in business! Tiki Iniki CLOSED,

    MANY other businesses are closing for good. Investments gone south and locals hurting.

    C’mon, Mayor. Figure out how to re-open our economy to the tourist dollars which are our life blood.

    OR fire yourself and join the ranks, and go on unemployment. See how THAT feels.

    The status quo cannot continue without major fallout in our economic structure.

    Our local government should be working 24/7 to figure out a relatively safe way to open.

    1. Susan December 15, 2020 5:48 pm Reply

      Part of a larger plan, perhaps, for big corporate chains to move in.

      Kawakami and his rich pals loathe small family businesses as much as he hates local resident property owners.

      If he could have it his way right now, all of Kauai would become one giant strip-mall, tourist hotel and GMO plantation.

  3. John December 15, 2020 8:12 am Reply

    Lest we forget – “community spread” in Kauai was non-existent up until this past autumn, after Kawakami nonsensically decided to open up our island to un-checked, un-tested, un-quarantined tourists who started infecting us with their sickness. This is entirely his fault, so he should just own up to it instead of making b.s. statements pretending to be concerned.

  4. Kauaidoug December 15, 2020 8:15 am Reply

    Again there were llarge maskless gatherings at Lydgate this Sunday!!!

  5. Guy December 15, 2020 6:39 pm Reply

    kauaiboy and John…
    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!

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