DOH announces two new cases of COVID-19 Friday

LIHU‘E – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Dec. 25.

Today’s cases are male residents: One case is travel-related, and the other 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.

Today’s cases bring the number of on-island active cases to seven, with 164 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 143 confirmed locally, one probable, and 20 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

Mayor’s Emergency Rule 23 is in effect, which sets a temporary moratorium of the Safe Travels program. Under Governor 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, please 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. Rae-Marie May December 25, 2020 3:41 pm Reply

    When you say a case is travel-related, I would like to know if the person traveling is a resident or visitor, whether they flew inter-island or trans-pacific, and whether or not they took a pre-travel test. It seems to me that more people are flying without taking the pre-travel test because there is now no motivation to do so considering they must quarantine regardless of whether they do or not. This means that the airlines are LESS SAFE than when we were in the Safe Travel Program. And, visitors or residents who do not take the pre-test can possibly infect a whole plane of people arriving on Kauai.

    1. R Li December 26, 2020 2:30 pm Reply

      good point, there needs to be some incentive to take the pre fight test to keep all the other travelers safe, some may be going to the other islands as well as Kauai

  2. DaveDrives December 26, 2020 8:05 am Reply

    Now when cases are surging everywhere else and when we finally have a light at the end of the tunnel…. the Mayor wants to let people come to visit who have had some flimsy antigen test???
    Sorry but No!
    We are all suffering but this isn’t the time to try a different plan for tourists.
    – can you imagine the black market to falsify test results, no oversight, nothing…. a flimsy piece of paper ‘Negative’ stamped on and hoards of tourists from sick areas start flooding in.
    Long before their second test they spread Covid…..
    ZERO hospital capacity in California as of today!!!!!

    We can stick it out a few more months…..

  3. J.D. December 26, 2020 10:00 am Reply

    The lockdowns in Democratic run states are ruining the lives of so many people- Far more than the damage that would be caused by the china virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, yet Florida, South Dakota and others are open and doing well. common sense please!

  4. George Hinds December 26, 2020 10:51 am Reply

    What’s next for adults who are fully vaccinated? Will they be free of travel restrictions? What about children, 16 and under, who cannot be vaccinated and are traveling with vaccinated parents? Government should be telling us now instead of making rules at the last minute!

    1. I saw a Vampire once December 26, 2020 8:12 pm Reply

      Not even. They don’t know yet if the vaccine will work or if most people will respond to the vaccine. So they will not let up on travel testing for COVID-19. This will continue into next year, and possibly 2022, Until new numbers can be studied.

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