County, DOH announce one new case Saturday

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

Saturday’s case is an adult male resident, and the source of his infection is community-acquired.

The individual was diagnosed elsewhere and received his test results after arriving on Kaua‘i.

All active cases are in isolation, and one case remains hospitalized on O‘ahu. Close contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.

Saturday’s case brings the number of on-island active cases to 9, with 158 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 138 confirmed locally, one probable, and 19 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

The mayor’s emergency rule 23 remains 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 and 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 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

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

  1. Kawika December 20, 2020 6:31 am Reply

    Community based, or travel related, article confused me by saying Community based but diagnosed after arrivall which would ilnficate travel acquired

  2. John December 20, 2020 11:17 am Reply

    Just a reminder that there is technically NO SUCH THING as “community spread”. All these new cases going around Kauai right now were brought here by TOURISTS this past autumn after our genius mayor decided to open up our island to unchecked untested unquarantined tourism at the behest of his friends in the hotel and airlines industries. Prior to that, Kauai had 0 cases of Covid amoung its own residents.

    Thanks Kawakami, we’ll remember what you did to us next election!

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