COVID cases still elevated, Kaua‘i sees 8 new cases

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

These cases consist of seven residents and one visitor. Six of the cases are adults, and two are children. The source of infection for five of the cases is mainland-travel-related. The remaining three cases are considered community-acquired. Only one of the community-acquired infections is a close contact of a previously announced case.

The other two have no known source of infection.

Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman pointed to traveling off-island as a cause for a recent spike.

“Mainland travel by Kaua‘i residents remains a major risk factor for infection,” Berreman said.

“If you are traveling, please be sure you are fully vaccinated, wear a mask when you are indoors or in crowded places, and avoid large gatherings. Residents who travel should consider being tested three to five days after they return home.”

Many cases are in residents who have traveled, and Las Vegas is a popular destination, officials said. This destination poses significant risks. The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded. Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the world. Masks are not required. The result is a setup for the spread of COVID-19, the county said.

Tuesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 54, with four hospitalized, and 528 cumulative cases. All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

  1. RGLadder37 July 21, 2021 1:11 am Reply

    They have to be tested again. And they tested positive again. 14 days or 10 days in isolation?

    And the medicine? It didn’t work the first time.

  2. Josh July 21, 2021 7:49 am Reply


    1. RGLadder37 July 21, 2021 3:28 pm Reply

      That would completely wipeout the community not funds. Recession. Unemployment to hit at 35% to 45%. And many people will need federal help. Even the banks will close down. A disaster on Kaua’i.

    2. JB July 21, 2021 6:06 pm Reply


      -fixed it for ya

      PS: you won’t like where this is going either, you just haven’t realized it yet. cheers.

    3. nobody July 22, 2021 8:19 am Reply

      Josh, I think you mean shut down Kauai to resident travel. According to the numbers that would be far more effective at stopping the spread of Covid.

  3. truthbeknown July 21, 2021 12:59 pm Reply

    These “unknown sources” of contagion are probably coming from fully vaccinated people arriving from out of state who are not required to be tested. What part of the fact that the “vaccines” neither prevent infection nor prevent the spread but supposedly lessen the chance do our supposed “health professionals” not comprehend. Everyone coming in from out of state should be required to self quarantine for three days and then be tested. No exceptions! Anything less than that precaution courts disaster.

    1. Orrrrr July 21, 2021 5:54 pm Reply

      Just bolster up the hospitals and open the flood gates. 17 months has show the virus isn’t going anywhere variants mutating in vaccinated people are making it worse.

      1. Annnnnd July 22, 2021 4:36 pm Reply

        Then you get to pay for it, both with money and lives.

  4. Dr Jim July 21, 2021 5:39 pm Reply

    Truth be known????

    Here is the truth. In a study published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine ( , it looked at over 54,000 VA patients that tested positive and age and risk factor matched controls. These are people that are of higher risk than the average population due to age, economic status and comorbidities. The mRNA vaccines were greater than 95% effective at preventing infection. The peer reviewed, huge realworld sutdy:
    “Overall vaccine effectiveness 7 or more days after the second dose was 97.1% (95% CI, 96.6% to 97.5%). Effectiveness was 96.2% (CI, 95.5% to 96.9%) for the Pfizer–BioNTech BNT-162b2 vaccine and 98.2% (CI, 97.5% to 98.6%) for the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine. Effectiveness remained above 95% regardless of age group, sex, race, or presence of comorbidities. ”

    You are part right. Originally the infections came from off island, but greater than 99% chance that they were from unvaccinated people that had come in after a nearly useless test that could be up to 72 hours old, sitting on a plane with other people with nearly useless tests. Now the infections are coming from both locals and off island travelers.

    If we are going to control – NOT eliminate – infections, it will require a quarantine of travelers AND vaccination of residents. Over 99% of infections are currently in unvaccinated people. Over 99 percent of deaths are in unvaccinated people. We lack the financial will to alienate tourists and resident travelers, so we are left with vaccination.

    Do breakthrough infections occur? Yes. But I’ll take the 99:1 odds!

    1. Kathy July 23, 2021 5:40 am Reply

      Right on!! Dr, Jim!!!

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