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 firstname.lastname@example.org.