5 new COVID cases Friday

LIHU‘E — Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office on Friday.

Friday’s cases are all Kaua‘i residents who were identified as close contacts of previously-announced cases. Three are adults, two are children. All five are considered community-acquired infections.

Contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing. Several close contacts identified had already been fully vaccinated and therefore are not subject to quarantine. They are self-monitoring for symptoms.

“Community-acquired cases are now up to seven this week — more than half of our cases — after none since January,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami. “The major protection against sustained community transmission is vaccination, which is widely available on the island. The community must also continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, practice distancing, wash hands and stay home when sick.”

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 12, with 248 cumulative cases.

Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 213 confirmed locally, two probable, and 33 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

  1. Mr.Ford April 24, 2021 6:12 am Reply

    Just change the name from covid to flu and it would be the same thing and the same death rate.

    1. Akamai April 24, 2021 10:02 am Reply

      Tell that to India

  2. Uncleaina April 24, 2021 9:49 am Reply

    Oh gee look! It’s *EXACTLY* the problem everyone said would happen: a cluster of community spread started by off-island travel with no follow up test. Thanks for removing the safety net guys! Now our rate is up 370% in 2 weeks. (Narrator: “Reservations for ventilators being accepted – call now”). I’m SO disappointed after such hard work we’re pretending this isn’t happening or that just the vaccine will stop everything. Time to re-evaluate.

    1. Ventilation April 24, 2021 11:24 pm Reply

      You are still under that rock huh? Look into why ventilators are no longer a suitable for of therapeutic for most covid patients…only in the worst cases should it even be considered. 7 out of 10 people they placed on ventilator ended up passing away. If you are suggesting closing our island again. They you need to go elsewhere. There will
      Be extreme consequences if our previously obese mayor shuts the island down again.

    2. Lock em up April 24, 2021 11:44 pm Reply

      Yes, lock everyone in a cell until we destroy COVID. As much as we all would like for COVID to disappear it will not. When would you open up society again? What are the conditions where you would relax the lockdown? It sounds as if you would wait until the virus is destroyed, which won’t happen. What are the costs with locking the island down? Mental health issues have dramatically increased during the lockdowns. Their might not be as many suicides, but that is the worst case, as is COVID deaths, and thus not a good indicator of overall harm. Economically, we have destroyed the lower classes. It is easy to have the money to endure a lockdown, but devastating if you need to work for the basics in life. What are your answers to those issues? You might be scared of dying from COVID, but you could get hit by a truck tomorrow too. Hate to tell you this but someday you will die, it’s a part of life. Ruining others lives because you are scared isn’t right. Get the vaccine, if you can, and get on with your life. If you can’t get the vaccine then by all means lock yourself in if you desire.

  3. George April 24, 2021 12:58 pm Reply

    Here is an idea. All the people who deny that covid is a serious health issue should sign a waiver that they will refuse health care should they contract covid.

    Any takers? Nothings free, real hawaiian, mr ford?

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