County announces two new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

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

Saturday’s cases are both adult residents whose sources of infection are travel-related. 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 cases bring the number of active cases to 21, with 193 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 166 confirmed locally, one probable, and 26 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

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.

9 Comments
  1. Dr. Jim January 9, 2021 1:30 pm Reply

    What we are currently seen here is the result of decisions that were made over the holiday. Local people believed they could mitigate the risk of traveling to see family and friends. They were wrong. And they are now coming home with infections. All of them had a negative test 3 days before travel. Whether they came from another Island or the mainland. As of the 5th, if they traveled within the islands, there is no quarantine requirement for them returning to Kauai. That’s a bad situation.

    We are seeing increasing numbers of single-digit infection rates on Kauai, now averaging 1.8 cases per day over the last 7 days. Maui recorded 51 cases on Saturday for an average of 18 cases per day over the last 7 days. What is the difference? 5 weeks of being open to unrestricted travel. Maui and Oahu will very quickly have their medical infrastructure tested, and hopefully not overwhelmed. We have a much more fragile medical system here.

    Our resort quarantine with a three-day test is absolutely meaningless. We allow tourists to interact without any restriction inside of that resort. That means that they can interact with people that arrived 3 days prior as well as people that arrived 30 minutes prior. The CDC guidelines require 10 days of isolation after your last known exposure. And we’re going to test people that may have just gotten exposed the day of their test? That is completely meaningless from an epidemiologic standpoint.

    Mayor Kawakami and Kauai Council, consider your obligation to protecting the safety of the people on this island. Implement quarantine standards based on the CDC guidelines. Why are we trying to make up our own standards for disease isolation? And why are we mimicking standards that have failed miserably in other places?

    I ask that Mayor Kawakami and Dr. Berreman publicly explain the rationale, and provide the scientific evidence that they’re using for their decisions regarding quarantine requirements. The community deserves at least that.


    1. jake January 9, 2021 10:51 pm Reply

      Bottom line…we have a mayor who is willing to kill for money.


    2. Heads Up January 9, 2021 11:03 pm Reply

      I think the Mayor’s strategy is to keep the covid case numbers low enough to manage while actually focusing on deploying the vaccine as quickly as possible.

      The 3 day inter-island preflight test and bubble resort option is an effort to do that – letting some cases through (as the science ensures will happen), but keeping the absolute number of travelers so low the risk is low as well. I don’t love this approach, and doubt the Mayor does either, but I can live with it for now.

      Essentially Kaua’i remains least attractive to the short term/highest risk tourist who will choose another island instead.

      The big risk I see right now is Lt. Governor Green’s brazen effort to take away Mayor Kawakami’s ability to determine restrictions – with state legislation that would force Kaua’i to open with the single preflight test from the mainland.

      For this we need to act together, with all hands on deck:
      https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/house-speaker-to-propose-statewide-travel-rule-for-hawaii/


    3. Fiel Fein January 10, 2021 8:11 pm Reply

      What is very clear is that it is better to save a $dollar and in the meantime lose a big part of $70,000. Or save 1 high risk elderly person for ruination of 70,000 residents on island, for certain even the government workers will be unpaid and out of a job as less and less taxes are paid.

      In fact while we are experiencing a couple positive tested people here and a couple there days apart, it appears no one is being hospitalized or put in ICU, or put on ventilators, but merely they become questionable statistics apparently being used to cause FEAR in communities in Hawaii.

      Politicians need attention, and doctors need disease to make a living. Widespread Wellness and Health reduces medical incomes.

      And if the deaths attributed to Covid-19 were scientifically scrutinized we would find those unfortunate people died predominantly from their chronic long term degenerative diseases (commonly diseases like Heart, Stroke, Vascular Hypertension Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Cancers, Alzheimer’s, Hormone, and Liver, Lung, Kidney diseases, often along with their personal abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, complicated by taking the multiple toxic and lethal prescription drugs they have been been taking daily for decades, when over that much time they could have been getting well with actual Health Care and not taking the prescription drugs, instead they were guided into Disease Care which perpetuates disease by continual prescription drug use.

      In fact the Pandemic is not Covid-19 but actually Medical Care over using (4.4 Billion drug prescriptions sold per year in America alone with 80% of Americans taking prescription drugs daily) prescription drugs and surgery gone wild for the last approximately 100 years. Disease Care is better described as LAZY CARE, pop in a bunch of pills every day and maintain your Disease. A Pill for every ILL i s really the description of INSANITY vs. actual Health.

      Health Care requires personal daily proactive work at being Healthy and Active for an optimal active Life Longevity of 100 years. Well, first must come education as to how to be and stay Healthy, and then each individual must work, make effort, for their Health everyday.

      The Basic Ingredients of Health are the mandatory Live Natural Foods we must eat, and Neurological Integrity, and adequate and clean Sun, Water, Air, Rest, Exercise. And therein lies the basis of the need for education by a Health Coach, a profession in need of inception and expansion, for Health alone rids people of Disease, and makes people’s Immune System deactivate disease virus of any kind, produces Immunity and therefore being Non-Contagious.

      Since the PCR Test is the nasal swab test that produces a majority of FALSE POSITIVE cases, because it looks for DNA fragments similar to Covid-19 DNA fragments, and it finds “Covid-19 similar”DNA fragments, for example, there are similar DNA fragments found in chicken and papaya DNA that are similar to Covid-19 DNA fragments,and then those DNA fragments are falsely identified as Covid-19 DNA fragments. Even the creator of the PCR test claims it is not meant for identifying Covid-19 virus.

      Further, people who are tested positive for Covid-19, and who have been tested positive for anywhere between as few as 3 days and up to 3 weeks, will have completed the Immune Process and will have deactivated all the Covid-19 virus in their body by their own natural production of Antibodies (antibodies are produced by our millions of plasma cells at 10,000 antibodies per second) and after the Covid-19 virus are deactivated, the left over antibodies circulating in our bodies, are what is called IMMUNITY, immunity against any new same virus trying to infect us.

      After the Immune Process has occurred, and there are no active Covid-19 virus, that person is now Non-Contagious and cannot infect others. When you naturally complete the Immune Process and are both Immune and Non-Contagious, then you automatically have necessary Herd Immunity. We need more people who test positive and have Herd Immunity.

      Junk food, non-Nutrient foods, and chemicals in our foods, amd prescription drugs burden the Immune System and make the Immune System less capable of defending against disease virus like Covid-19.

      Protect yourself ! Only you can protect and immune yourself.

      A Vaccines produces immunity against the vaccine itself, but does not produce immunity against the Covid-19 virus because of the lack of specificity between the Covid-19 virus virus and the vaccine, so the vaccine is a waste of time and money and is a myth as to protection against disease virus.

      As others have said: Follow the Natural Path.


  2. nobody January 10, 2021 8:44 am Reply

    Jim, it’s a hard choice. For hundreds, maybe thousands, shutting down Kauai will mean having to leave the island to seek work. There are many who will, and have, fallen through social safety nets possibly facing other health risks, hardships, etc. As a leader of the people one must consider all risks to the community, not just focus on a single one.

    Maybe you should put your focus more on members of the community to take more personal responsibility in limiting the community spread. Do you ever meet with people on the beach, etc and not wear a mask? Ever have a meal with someone not of your household? If so that would make you a hypocrite.


  3. This for That January 10, 2021 9:39 am Reply

    What is clear is that some people think it is better to save a $dollar and in the meantime lose a big part of $70,000. Or save 1 high risk elderly person for ruination of 70,000 residents on island, and for certain even the government workers will be unpaid and out of a job if taxpayers cannot pay taxes on zero income.

    In fact while we are experiencing a couple positive tested people here and a couple there days apart, it appears no one is being hospitalized or put in ICU, or put on ventilators, but merely they become questionable statistics apparently being used to cause FEAR in communities in Hawaii.

    Politicians need attention, and doctors need disease to make a living. Widespread Wellness and Health reduces medical incomes.

    And if the deaths attributed to Covid-19 were scientifically scrutinized we would find those unfortunate people died predominantly from their chronic long term degenerative diseases (commonly diseases like Heart, Stroke, Vascular Hypertension Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Cancers, Alzheimer’s, Hormone, and Liver, Lung, Kidney diseases, often along with their personal abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, complicated by taking the multiple toxic and lethal prescription drugs they have been been taking daily for decades, when over that much time they could have been getting well with actual Health Care and not taking the prescription drugs, instead they were guided into Disease Care which perpetuates disease by continual prescription drug use.

    In fact the Pandemic is not Covid-19 but actually Medical Care over using (4.4 Billion drug prescriptions sold per year in America alone with 80% of Americans taking prescription drugs daily) prescription drugs and surgery gone wild for the last approximately 100 years. Disease Care is better described as LAZY CARE, pop in a bunch of pills every day and maintain your Disease. A Pill for every ILL i s really the description of INSANITY vs. actual Health.

    Health Care requires personal daily proactive work at being Healthy and Active for an optimal active Life Longevity of 100 years. Well, first must come education as to how to be and stay Healthy, and then each individual must work, make effort, for their Health everyday.

    The Basic Ingredients of Health are the mandatory Live Natural Foods we must eat, and Neurological Integrity, and adequate and clean Sun, Water, Air, Rest, Exercise. And therein lies the basis of the need for education by a Health Coach, a profession in need of inception and expansion, for Health alone rids people of Disease, and makes people’s Immune System deactivate disease virus of any kind, produces Immunity and therefore being Non-Contagious.

    Since the PCR Test is the nasal swab test that produces a majority of FALSE POSITIVE cases, because it looks for DNA fragments similar to Covid-19 DNA fragments, and it finds “Covid-19 similar”DNA fragments, for example, there are similar DNA fragments found in chicken and papaya DNA that are similar to Covid-19 DNA fragments,and then those DNA fragments are falsely identified as Covid-19 DNA fragments. Even the creator of the PCR test claims it is not meant for identifying Covid-19 virus.

    Further, people who are tested positive for Covid-19, and who have been tested positive for anywhere between as few as 3 days and up to 3 weeks, will have completed the Immune Process and will have deactivated all the Covid-19 virus in their body by their own natural production of Antibodies (antibodies are produced by our millions of plasma cells at 10,000 antibodies per second) and after the Covid-19 virus are deactivated, the left over antibodies circulating in our bodies, are what is called IMMUNITY, immunity against any new same virus trying to infect us.

    After the Immune Process has occurred, and there are no active Covid-19 virus, that person is now Non-Contagious and cannot infect others. When you naturally complete the Immune Process and are both Immune and Non-Contagious, then you automatically have necessary Herd Immunity. We need more people who test positive and have Herd Immunity.

    Junk food, non-Nutrient foods, and chemicals in our foods, amd prescription drugs burden the Immune System and make the Immune System less capable of defending against disease virus like Covid-19.

    Protect yourself ! Only you can protect and immune yourself.

    A Vaccines produces immunity against the vaccine itself, but does not produce immunity against the Covid-19 virus because of the lack of specificity between the Covid-19 virus virus and the vaccine, so the vaccine is a waste of time and money and is a myth as to protection against disease virus.

    As others have said: Follow the Natural Path.


  4. Kauaidoug January 10, 2021 10:10 am Reply

    I agree Dr Jim. It seems a sit down and explain the reasoning behind this bubble concept. I am still trying to figure out what this local Covid19 testing every Sunday was about? Can someone tell me why money was spent on that when we could have been offering those tests as post arrival tests to visitors/localsfrom anywhere else than Kaua’i? I just hope we can bump along at 2 -3 new cases, doesn’t seem likely from what we know of virus interaction and human behavior.


  5. John January 10, 2021 10:28 am Reply

    “Mayor Kawakami and Kauai Council, consider your obligation to protecting the safety of the people on this island.”

    @Dr.Jim – You should know by now that Kawakami’s only “obligation” is to his wealthy donor base: Big Ag and Big Tourism. He does their bidding.


  6. Carey Sutton January 10, 2021 1:10 pm Reply

    Totally agree that a public rationale for these new decisions is more than appropriate. the Mayor and Dr. Berreman have done a wonderful job so far. But pressure from the tourism industry seems to have started to seep in.

    At times like this with the horrendous scenes that are coming out of hospitals in places like California, a compromise that protects both businesses and the health of citizens here doesn’t see like a safe or logical choice.


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