DOH announces one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday

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

Tuesday’s case is an adult male resident. The source of infection is community transmission.

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.

Tuesday’s case bring the number of on-island active cases to eight, with 167 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 146 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 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 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. Angela N. Taylor December 30, 2020 5:42 am Reply

    I’m so disappointed with the current 10 day quarantine for island visitors. Does the mayor think that everyone coming to Kauai has unlimited time and money to afford 10 days in isolation before enjoying the beauty of the island?

    I have 3 days planned/booked on island in mid January, but I’m now forced to cancel my trip because spending my entire vacation in a hotel room is an absolute waste of my time and money. MAYBE I’ll get a partial refund on the hotel. I’ll “only” incur a $100 rental car cancellation fee, but after this horrible debacle, my business is lost, and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll choose to book another Kauai vacation.

    FWIW, my January trip to Kauai is being replaced with a trip to the big island. It isn’t my preferred destination, but at least it’s somewhere I can enjoy tropical beauty from somewhere other than the confines of a hotel room.

  2. Bro Ken December 30, 2020 9:37 am Reply

    This article is another rubber stamp duplicate of almost everyday same reporting of the Covid virus spread, the only difference is that the numbers change usually, almost always, between 1 or 2.

    It is so often repeated that it sounds like a Broken Record, but not the music kind. It is the broken recording of the facts.

    We are told the same inform-less information every day since last March, “community spread, male or female resident, the number of few active cases , the number of accumulative cases, off island cases, etc.”.

    In-depth, professional, and vitally important reporting should include in addition to what is already being daily included, is the patients actual age, instead of saying only “adult”, because saying only adult does not let us know if it is someone 20 or 90, which if the person is elderly would indicate some degree of high risk of death.

    If the person is only 20 years old it would indicate the person may have zero to mild or moderate symptoms and required Zero Medications and not even a doctor or hospital visit. This would indicate the person was at Zero or Low Risk.

    It should also say if the person was discovered positive at a Sunday Free Testing at one of our parks, and only got tested out of curiosity. Or if they got tested positive in hospital after being ambulanced to the hospital with fever, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, needing an ICU bed and being put on a ventilator.

    It would also clarify and be a wake up call for those who are in fear of the virus if height and weight were included to determine if a person was obese and at High Risk, meaning a warning to the too many obese people on Kauai that high risk and obesity is dangerous and ones diet and life style need to be altered otherwise an early death by many causes and effects is waiting for them, not just the Covid virus. Obesity is not normal, it is a disease that everyone you pass everyday knows your diagnosis. Check your mirror.

    Any other year with enough or same media attention that Covid-19 virus has received would have same statistics and current level of fear being propagated. The number of people who die each year from the whichever year’s flu is because of hunger /malnutrition in poor countries, or High Risk diet and lifestyle and the amount of accompanying diseases and medications taken daily in the industrial nations, who have the worst death rates with any flu and now Covid19.

    Is the media under some mandate to not report certain news
    categories at less than adequate levels of thoroughness and

    After all, all the accumulated case people have completely
    recovered by the time their immune system went through the immune process of approximately 14 days, or are still undergoing the immune process which at the outside should take 3 weeks, remembering healthy people can complete the immune process in 3 days, and have no symptoms or only very mild ones.

    Knowing the accompanying diseases for those people hospitalized and their medications they are using would be a great wake up call to those with same diseases and prescription drugs.

    In other words learn how to get well and stay well, Healthy, throughout life, which will make it a long active and healthy one, life that is.

    It has been made clear that 70% Herd Immunity is necessary to wipe out Covid19 yeah we are doing everything to suppress the spread that would lead to herd immunity.

    Removing the masks, encouraging social gatherings, allowing people to be closer than 6 feet, encouraging nutritious food only so people would quickly undergo the immune process and become immune, non-contagious, and be part of heard immunity is the best recommendation for any society. Of course that includes until heard immunity is reached that all elderly people with accompanying diseases and prescription drugs are self quarantined or isolated until heard immunity passes through the community.

    visitors with a negative test or two week old positive test should be allowed to visit and interact with the local people. Remember heard immunity is the key to the elimination of COVID-19. We will not reach heard immunity by one or two new cases a day or a week.

    Healthy people eating healthy food And living a healthy lifestyle can go through the immune process to illuminate COVID-19 in a very short period of time and become part of heard immunity.

  3. truth be known December 30, 2020 12:06 pm Reply

    My question is how are the 167 positive tested cases doing so far? Are any of them currently being treated in the hospital? How many showed no outward symptoms? How many are still being held in isolation? How many have fully recovered? Can we have a little more in-depth clarification of what’s actually occurring on our island. I realize 30 second sound bytes are the norm these days but I would appreciate more real informative journalism.

  4. I saw a Vampire once December 30, 2020 2:42 pm Reply

    In California today, they have first identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 strain that causes the virus to transmit itself 70% faster between people. According to Dr. Fauci, he doesn’t see any signs of COVID-19 getting a better outlook in 2021. This virus was first detected in Southeastern England. In September of this year. Accordingly, it causes this virus to be more easily transferable between people. The vaccine they have out is not strong enough to suppress the virus and stop it. That is one concern from the experts at CDC.

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