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  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Janet Berreman of the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office, standing in pink, right, chats with specimen-collectors Sunday during the final free COVID-19 surge testing program at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Janet Berreman of the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office, right, in pink, checks the registration area of the free COVID-19 surge testing program Sunday at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Panit family, including Matthew, Nelson, Gaynell and Sarea, complete their self-test Sunday during the final free COVID-19 surge testing at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a. Nelson Panit said this was the family’s third test at the free surge-testing sites “just to be safe.”

KAPA‘A — Sunday marked the final free COVID-19 surge testing program held at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex to an audience of pre-registered testers that was smaller than previous testing days.

Mayor Derek Kawakami announced in November the county’s intention to host the testing program with the state Department of Health, aimed at those involved with the visitor industry. Uninsured residents were also welcomed to participate.

The effort was well-received by residents who flocked to tests held at the three sites that rotated each week, starting Nov. 8 at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e and supported by the Kaua‘i Fire Department and county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Test results of these free self tests done with the help of contract workers are not part of the state’s pre-travel testing program and are not eligible for quarantine exemptions.

Dr. Janet Berreman of the DOH Kaua‘i District Health Office indicated that “just a few” cases of COVID-19 emerged from the hundreds of tests administered over the eight weeks of the program.

She indicated that despite the number of visitors coming into the island being limited due to the mayor’s latest rule opting out of the state’s Safe Travels program, there is a need for accessible testing, and the Kaua‘i District Health Office is working with government leaders who will provide an update on testing and the battle against the novel coronavirus in the near future.

On Dec. 23, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reported 55 people arrived at Lihu‘e Airport. This compares to the 12,725 people coming into the state, with 7,168 deplaning in Honolulu and 3,646 landing on Maui.

The state reported 106 new cases Sunday, with one new case being reported on Kaua‘i.

Kawakami, in his Dec. 23 update, stated that 36 people on the island are in health-directed quarantine as close contacts of those testing positive.

“Our cumulative case count is now 161, including 140 confirmed locally, one probable, and 20 tested elsewhere but reported after arrival on island,” Kawakami said. “All this week, Kaua‘i police and the Hawai‘i National Guard have been tracking nearly 2,000 people in travel-related quarantine.”

Kawakami said the holidays are often a time when people gather to celebrate, but with the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, celebrations should be kept small and good safety measures, including the wearing of face masks and social distancing, should be practiced.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. Timber December 28, 2020 12:16 am Reply

    What a waste. Good news our cases are down to 1 a day. Bad news, the fears that derek caved to about a massive spike never happened in the state of hawaii. Death counts have remained very low and in the advanced age individuals with mostly pre-existing conditions. Decimated our economy because of his fear. Rather then sack up and shelter the vulnerable and prepare to care for ill people. To be ahead of it. But no, he panicked. Shut down kauai at one our most profitable time of the year.

    1. david presley December 28, 2020 2:21 pm Reply

      It’s a tough call either way. The Mayor went with human life over the economy. Certainly, there is no “right” answer. However, I would hesitate to demonize the man for putting the lives of the very people he is charged with protecting before the economy. Better to recognize that the man made a tough call and you feel he should have gone the other way.

  2. J.D. December 28, 2020 8:40 am Reply

    It would make more sense to test people for covid antibodies. We would know how many people have had the virus.

  3. Opti Mystic December 29, 2020 12:37 am Reply

    Dr. Berryman of the Kaua’i District Health Dept says:
    1. out of 100’s of Covid-19 tests there were only a few positives
    2. records show no deaths
    3. approximately 150 positive tested people in 10 months, out of
    72,000 Kaua’i residents, all had either Zero or mild to moderate
    symptoms and got well, or will be well, in a few more days of
    their ongoing anti-virus immune process.
    4. in the rest of the state those who died or were very ill were
    elderly, had long term chronic end of life diseases, and were
    taking at least 2 end of life toxic and/or lethal prescription drugs
    for each of their diseases.
    5. Dr. Berryman is said to have come from a clinic on a Pacific
    island but no viral or epidemic credentials mentioned.
    6. Our Mayor is doing his best but obviously has no medical
    background. And even the so-called medical authorities can’t
    agree on what’s best to avoid or prevent being infected by the
    Covid-19 virus or how to care or treat the virus.
    7. It’s clear that the Kaua’i “save the lives of actually no one experiment” has run its course, and the sane scientific thing to do is instead of ruining the lives, educations, sanity, economy and businesses, and population Kaua’i until the government and its employees are out of work too; we should halt the quarantine of the many, stop the Depression like Era of the food lines, the unemployment checks and lack thereof, the food stamps, and stimulus checks, and instead bring in the visitors with pre-flight negative testing, like the other islands in Hawaii, and the Kaua’i elderly with their end of life diseases taking dangerous end of life prescription drug treatments be ordered to stay home, wear a mask, wash their hands, stay 6’ away from others and remain in quarantine as long as they want, remain inside their domicile, condo, house and yard, deliver nutritious food to them to fortify their immune systems, and re-educate doctors to restore the elderly to health instead of wallowing their end of life years taking toxic and lethal prescription drugs, that is, all those PRESCRIPTION DRUGS and their dangerous side effects almost bragged about on TV ADS.

    How about make America Healthy again, Americans all living and loving a daily pro-active life dedicated to Health by way way of Healthy Activities, and eating Nutrient Rich foods not found in Super Markets that sell 90% sugar snacks, and all the food on all the shelves over loaded with chemicals and processed added sugars many of the chemicals being carcinogenic cancer causing petrochemicals, and the processed sugars feeding obesity, inflammation, infections, and cancer cells.

    America is a sick nation high-jacked by the pharmaceutical companies and their prescription drug dispensing people in white uniforms selling 4.4 Billion drug prescriptions per year, making it so the population is so sick on prescription drugs that they cannot defend themselves against a flu, and the population is so overwhelmed with media fear mongering that laughingly the majority think they are going to die unless they get a man made laboratory disease vaccine which God only knows what dangerous chemicals and chimpanzee viruses are hidden inside, vaccines that killed 35 people in South Korea stopping their vaccine programs, and other countries like Mexico reporting ill effects more serious than the flu symptoms that accompany the actual Covid-19 virus infection.

    Pharmaceutical companies so powerful that along with their drug prescribing doctors, they have 80% of the US POPULATION taking daily prescription drugs for decades of years, swallowing the 4.4 Billion prescriptions sold to the population per year.

    Americans take 29 Billion aspirins per year, which are also derived with petrochemicals, and only 330 million Americans.

    America is #1 in taking toxic chemical prescription drugs in the world, #1 in sickness, and # 26 in lack of quality Health care, behind the tiny postage stamp sized nation of Costa Rica, but at least ahead of microscopic Slovenia.

    And Americans rely on the over-prescribing of Antibiotics and Vaccines, both of which burden the immune system and weaken it both. It is an astounding fact that 80% of Americans take 1 or more prescription drugs, in multiple doses every day of their life. Some Americans take 5, 10, and even 15 prescription drugs a day, as do so many who read this newspaper. How many do you take?

    Vaccine drug companies make up the top 5 money making companies in the Forbes 500 worlds richest companies.

    Prescription drugs are used to synthetically make failing bod y parts and organs work at least partially. Big swollen bellies unable to use the bathroom satisfactorily, often rely on drugs to at least partially satisfy their scant excretions, and so on and so forth.

    The visible overweight and grossly obese people are by the time they are in their 30’s are usually taking at least 2 prescription drugs a day per diagnosed diseases, or will be.

    Who is gonna teach the people to be Well, Whole, and Healthy, while they are being told their body cannot eliminate a virus that 98%+ who become infected can eliminate the virus, and have no symptoms or only mild to moderate symptoms. Yet our disease care system tells them they should take the vaccine.

    A failed Health Care system, thriving in the $Trillions of dollars on disease care instructing even Healthy Americans they better take the man made disease vaccine. That is not following the science bot will it provide immunity against the Covid-19 virus, nor make the people Non-Contagious, nor make them part of Herd Immunity which a 70% Herd Immunity in the population halts the pandemic.

    You can only develop immunity to the Covid-19 virus, become Non-Contagious, and be HERD IMMUNE, of you contract the actual Covid-19 virus and undergo the approximately 14 day Immune Process.

    And while the Covid-19 virus flu came from Wuhan China, and some, not a great %, but some of the 4.4 Billion prescription drugs sold in America are made in China, and the vast majority are made overseas outside of the USA.

    So many sick Americans and we cannot even take care of our own. What a shame. We have to import most of our drugs from overseas, and same for the illegal drugs, worse shame we use any of it.

    Further, as much as 99% of prescription drugs are made from petrochemicals, which are carcinogenic or cancer causing.

    And amazingly the chemotherapy for cancer treatments is made from more cancer causing petrochemicals. Which fits the old saying, as in “a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you”.

    Americans are so far out on a limb of erroneously equating drugs, especially prescription drugs, with Health Care, when in fact drugs and prescription drugs are the core of disease care and the perpetuation of disease, all the while the use of medical drugs ignores any care for Wellness, being Whole, and being Healthy.

    The definition of Health is: every cell in your body should function 100%, 100% of the time, for 100% optimal mental, physical, and social well being providing optimal active Healthy Life Longevity, and add to that being free of all over the counter medications and prescription drugs, and living on love natural God provided foods that are free from added chemicals and added processed sugars.

    Be Healthy, and Follow the Natural Path.

  4. I saw a Vampire once December 29, 2020 10:41 pm Reply

    “You can only develop immunity to the Covid-19 virus, become Non-Contagious, and be HERD IMMUNE, of you contract the actual Covid-19 virus and undergo the approximately 14 day Immune Process.”

    That means there are no county councilmembers, if all or some did not get the virus yet. Interesting. Rules are rules. No mingling with each other.

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