1 new COVID-19 case Sunday

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

Sunday’s case is an adult female visitor whose source of infection remains under investigation.

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.

Sunday’s case brings the number of on-island active cases to eight, with 159 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 139 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 required to undergo 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.

  1. Mele December 20, 2020 2:19 pm Reply

    Which is better – having untested visitors come and ‘quarantine’ with their families over the holidays or to have a negative test in hand before arriving?

    1. Flawed December 20, 2020 5:00 pm Reply

      The system is totally flawed. The traveler must stay quarantined, but any of the family or friends are still totally free to go in and out as long as no symptoms are presented or no test had been done. So many times a person bf/gf/family member/acquaintence will fly in stay for less than the quarantine requirement of 14days, 10 now and be able to go back to their original destination. The whole thing is a joke.

  2. CHRIS GAINES December 20, 2020 4:13 pm Reply

    I think having a negative test before coming is important. We had family coming in December and when they tested the youngest was positive! Needless to say, they canceled the visit.
    Because a test can be wrong there is still a chance for someone to carry it into Kauai, so the safest route remains the hardest one, everyone does the quarantine if they insist on traveling. I have to travel in January, and I’m looking for a way to delay until June, or at least till I am vaccinated. We will survive this and the world will go on, somehow, someday.

  3. Smedley Aberdeen December 20, 2020 4:20 pm Reply


    From a new study (www.gbdeclaration.org) published by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, Dr. Dunetra Gupta of Oxford University, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University detailing the enormous cost of lockdowns, in addition to the obvious economic costs .

    1. Locdowns have never before been tried as a method of disease control.

    2, The overall United States death rate of COVID is actually only 0.2%. COVID is less dangerous than the flu for children, but is much more deadly for adults over the age of 70. But there is still only a 4% death rate for adults over 70.

    3. The UN has estimated that lockdowns will result in the starvation of 130 million people worldwide this year.

    4. Lockdowns will result in fewer children being immunized against other diseases like dipthheria, whooping cough, and polio. 80 million children worldwide are now at risk from these diseases.

    5. Lockdowns will result in fewer cancer screenings and a rise in cancer and the cancer death rate.

    6. Lockdowns have resulted in increased suicide. A CDC survey found that one in four young adults between 18 and 24 had seriously considered suicide.

    Would somebody please get the Kauai mayor a copy of http://www.gbdeclaration.org!!!!!


  4. Joy Lee December 20, 2020 4:51 pm Reply

    I just arrived on Kauai from California. I did not test before leaving because I knew I was about to travel and any test that I had before travel wouldn’t make me feel that I was safe by the time I arrived. The act of traveling and being in several airports and bathrooms, buying coffee and food in the airport, sitting near people and standing in line with people was the riskiest thing I had done in months. I wouldn’t have felt that a test that I had days before I left would have been accurate anymore. I am doing quarantine right now and so is my husband who was here on Kauai. He stocked up on food so neither of us would need to go out since he was to be in contact with germ ridden me. Yes, the people that you quarantine with should quarantine also. Common sense right? Inconvenient yes, this whole thing is inconvenient. Pandemics are like that. Keep up the good work mayor.

  5. Jon Maestri December 20, 2020 6:06 pm Reply

    I don’t see how the Mayor can justify shutting down all trade and commerce on Kaua’i. There are hardly any new cases. I have so many friends suffering economically. I can understand the Mayors frustration with the Governor but the Mayor is causing a lot of grief on Kaua’i. I totally agree with the pre test and post test that the Mayor requested. These two guys need to get together. Actually the post-test is a great program for all of the Islands.

  6. nobody December 21, 2020 6:24 am Reply

    A friend was sharing their instagram account of a Kauai resident with me. In viewing the posts it was obvious by dates that a Kauai resident instagram poster was breaking the inter island quarantine. To make it worse they shown posting socializing right before coming to Kauai with a known Covid cluster of people on Oahu, then going to maskless parties on Kauai.

    How many of us let this happen?

    1. David December 22, 2020 7:19 am Reply

      If nobody let’s somebody know of infractions then nobody’s at fault

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