COVID cases continue climbing Tuesday

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

Of Tuesday’s cases, one is an adult visitor whose source of infection is mainland travel and who was diagnosed out of state with results reported after arrival on Kaua‘i. The other case is an adult resident whose source of infection is community-acquired.

“Currently, the Department of Health is monitoring an active cluster from a place of worship,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i district health officer. “With the help of the organization, we have identified 10 cases from that cluster. The place of worship also notified all members of the exposure, and encouraged them to be tested.”

All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

Tuesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 16, with 380 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 337 confirmed locally, three probable, and 40 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

Free testing at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing is also available through primary-care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics. Contact providers for more information.

If you have symptoms or are feeling sick, you should isolate yourself immediately, stay away from household members, and not go out — including to work or school — unless you are seeking testing or getting health care. Those who have been vaccinated should still be tested if they believe they may have been exposed or if they feel sick.

Residents aged 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacies, hospitals and clinics. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 12 years of age and older, and appointments are available at hospitals and pharmacies for this age group.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings and pop-up vaccination opportunities at community sites. Many vaccination sites accept walk-ins. For details, visit kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.

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.

6 Comments
  1. RGLadder37 June 16, 2021 4:52 am Reply

    I think they slowly opening up for tourism. I can see many without face mask. Walking. And in crowded areas too. Naturally there is no way to foresee any illness from occurring. And the only way to prevent sickness from occurring is to use a face mask. Tier 4 is the guide the government is going on. But how enforceable is the rules? Indoors is limited to 10. Not likely. The stores are packed at 100. And minimum 3 feet between each other. This does not look good.


    1. Bob Weiner June 16, 2021 2:47 pm Reply

      RG: Vaccination will prevent most Covid too!


      1. vax A. Nation June 17, 2021 10:41 pm Reply

        What Bob, you sell vaccines?


  2. Kenji June 16, 2021 8:34 am Reply

    Enough with the fear mongering, I can guarantee that majority of local residents and tourists do not care about mask mandates or the “rise in cases”.
    Go to any cookout or someone’s home and everything is the same before this BS pandemic.


    1. Vax E Nation June 16, 2021 3:00 pm Reply

      ===> Kenji, hopefully you’re NOT vaccinated…go about your business as you did pre-pandemic (or as you might say “Pre-BS pandemic…)


  3. kauai June 16, 2021 2:03 pm Reply

    Thank goodness i am vaccinated.


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