One new case Monday

LIHU‘E — Monday, the county reported one new COVID-19 case, which Mayor Derek Kawakami said “may represent an artificially-low number due to weekend work schedules.”

The case, an adult female resident, appears to be community-acquired and tied to a known place of transmission, according to the state Department of Health.

This case brings the county’s total active count to 73, with 382 in DOH-directed quarantine. There are no hospitalized cases.

“I want to encourage anyone who has tested positive to cooperate with the state’s contract tracers,” Kawakami said. “That is how we track down cases and stop the spread.”

Free testing is available at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 400 appointments per day.

In the last week, the county has had record-high new infections, many among children who are unable to receive vaccines. The federal Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 next week, according to The Associated Press.

The county has administered over 61,000 vaccines to date.

On Saturday, Ho‘ola Lahui Community Center, Malama Pono and the DOH will be offering a pop-up mobile clinic in Anahola from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Anahola Clubhouse.

Starting on May 11, state residents who received their full vaccine dosage in Hawai‘i will be able to travel inter-island without taking a pre-travel COVID-19 test.

Last weekend, the county identified two Lihu‘e restaurants — Rob’s Good Time Grill and Troy’s Bar — as places where the virus likely spread.

“For the record, the Department of Health did not close us down,” Rob’s Good Time Grill posted on Facebook. “We had a positive case and had our entire staff get tested. We closed ourselves down immediately. That hurt us in so many ways.”

The restaurant explained the rest of its staff had tested negative and have had certified sanitation training and implemented various safety protocols, like temperature checks and social-distancing between parties.


Sabrina Bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or

  1. randy kansas May 4, 2021 2:53 am Reply

    we are here from the government and here to help you……yeah right !!

    1. Outspoken Science May 4, 2021 5:45 pm Reply

      In a single sentence:

      When will the Mayor, Dr. Janet, County Manager Mike Dihilig finally realize that in order to reach Herd Immunity we do not need more vaccinations; we need more people of every age to be exposed, infected, by the Covid-19 virus, and the virus bio-identically identified, and matched with our own natural human made antibodies (made by our own plasma cells at 10,000 per second), in order to eliminate the virus and give ourselves immunity against the virus (protection from re infection) and after virus elimination from our bodies, we each become Non-Contagious (no virus left in the body to spread) and thus by virtue of being immune and non-contagious we each become Herd Immune, which everyone of the positive cases achieves within 2 weeks of the automatic personal Immune Response, without symptoms and certainly not Hospitalization.

      98% of the people achieve Herd Immunity without vaccinations, and vaccines only serve to burden a healthy immune system at the potential to lose otherwise healthy people.

      The mass population does not need mass vaccinations, the elderly with multiple end of life diseases taking daily multiple end of life toxic and lethal prescription drugs, some already with 30 to 40 years of popping pills for their ills, instead of receiving Wellness and Health Care, and getting Well and staying well and staying Healthy without drugs.

      So please Derek, Janet, and Mike put on your Thinking Caps and figure out how to protect the elderly taking pills for every ill, when to protect them from Covid they need Quality Lifestyle Quarantine with Services of same provided, not putting our whole community at risk of Vaccination which has already proven in the short run to run the risk of death, injected mystery genes, brain blood clots, disruption to female reproductive organs; and in the long run no one knows the coming side effects.

      It is macabre to even think about mass vaccinations, especially for children and youth whose bodies and brains have not yet fully developed.

      As said the medical experts in control, are Disease Experts, but we don’t need experts in disease, we need Doctors who are experts in Health and Wellness, by their education, experience, and patient track records of getting patients well and healthy without drugs and surgery.

      It’s time to turn over a New Leaf of actual Health Care, putting the failed Disease and Drug Care to Rest. Look where disease care has gotten us today, a Pandemic of people who cannot even handle the Flu, while $4 Trillions in profit have gone yearly to the drug companies and their medical drug distributors.

      80% of Americans are taking prescription drugs, a sign of an overall Sick Nation.

  2. RG DeSoto May 4, 2021 8:32 am Reply

    Enough with the ridiculous case counting, Viruses follow the path they always follow no matter what the “public health” experts say or what tyrannical measures they force on us. If you feel bad don’t rush out for a test which in all probability will give you a false positive…then everyone around you is screwed. There is no dire threat of the hospitals here being overrun.
    SARS Cov-2 is no more of a problem than as case of the flu…except if you are metabolically unhealthy and that’s your fault, so don’t let it affect everyone around you. Take responsibility for yourself.
    RG DeSoto

  3. CommonSenseish May 4, 2021 1:56 pm Reply

    Anyone else catch the Mayors “speech” this morning which was really… horrible. So… being a small island, we all know the “community transfers” are Robs, Troys, other ADULT enclosed places. Kawakami also encourages outdoor activities…..So why are we considering taking away kid sports? Decreasing Indoor activities can be understood, but seriously? Outdoor Sports? If you are going to stop kids sports and keep the bars open, you are obviously not for the people.

  4. Sam May 4, 2021 2:05 pm Reply

    There are more tests available now and according to the CDC the test are swayed to go positive instead of a negative. I dont think our island is getting sicker, I think that the counts are going up because there are more tests. If we had all just treated this covid like the flu it is we would all be mentally healthier and herd immunity would already be reached. Now we have this freaked out society that panics at the thought of a mask less person. God bless us all and let us all come together in love and truth and common sence. Amen.

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