LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday.
Thursday’s case is a child resident. The source of infection is community-acquired. 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.
Thursday’s case brings the number of on-island active cases to 13, with 157 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 138 confirmed locally, one probable, and 18 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
“Kaua‘i’s case numbers have remained lower over the last few days, which is good news,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, DOH Kaua‘i District Health officer.
”However, we continue to see community disease transmission, meaning our new cases have no clear relation to travel and no clear source for infection,” said Berreman.
“This tells us that it is important to remain attentive to safe practices as we go about our holiday preparations: wear masks, maintain distance and avoid large gatherings.”
The mayor’s emergency rule 23 is in effect, which sets a temporary moratorium of the Safe Travels program. Under Gov. David Ige’s 17th COVID-19 emergency proclamation, effective Dec. 17 all incoming travelers to Kaua‘i, including mainland, inter-island residents and visitors, are under a mandatory, 10-day 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 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.