10 new cases, educational cluster reported Wednesday

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i State Department of Health identified 10 new cases Wednesday, as well as a new cluster in an education setting, Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer said.

“This is a good reminder that school is right around the corner for many of our keiki,” Berreman said in a release. “For students 12 and older, being vaccinated before school begins will make it safer for everyone. Vaccinated students are much less likely to get sick, and if they are identified as close contacts of a case they don’t need to quarantine and miss school.”

Currently, a Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 is the only one available to those 12 and older.

“Help your student have a safe and healthy start to the new school year — get them vaccinated now,” Berreman said. “Students of all ages should stay home if they are sick. For keiki younger than 12, having all eligible household members vaccinated provides good protection.”

Educational settings, Berreman said, are not limited to schools.

“They include settings in which youth engage in extra-curricular activities,” she said.

Wednesday’s 10 reported cases consist of nine residents and one visitor.

Eight of the cases are adults and two are children. The source of infection for five of the cases is mainland travel-related. The remaining five cases are considered community-acquired. Three of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases. The other two have no known source of infection.

These cases bring the number of active cases to 54, with four hospitalized, and 538 cumulative cases on Kaua‘i. The island’s cumulative case count includes 494 confirmed locally, three probable, and 41 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

The state’s DOH reported 163 new cases state-wide, and about 1,322 cases of which are active across the islands on Wednesday.

  1. RGLadder37 July 22, 2021 1:10 am Reply

    Cancel all high school sports. Fall 2021 season. I don’t care if you have kids. This would help a lot. DOH standards.

  2. RGLadder37 July 22, 2021 1:24 am Reply

    They can join too. But make sure to cancel football and other sports so that DOH protocols can take lead. This is important work here. Screw your football. The research comes first.

    1. Rgpakistani July 22, 2021 9:42 pm Reply

      Bro, you don’t even live in hawaii. Why are you even concerned or commenting. You have said you like in Pakistan a bunch of times.

  3. nobody July 22, 2021 7:44 am Reply

    1 in 10 a tourist. Seeing the trend yet?

  4. Josh July 22, 2021 7:48 am Reply

    This is out of control. Shut down travel into Kauai immediately.

    1. nobody July 23, 2021 7:35 am Reply

      At least the residents.

  5. Kauaidoug July 22, 2021 9:04 am Reply

    Does this mean people are traveling to the mainland and not vaccinated first? Talk about stupid. That is not ignorant, that is just plain stupid. Mahalo for your Aloha

    1. Hmm July 22, 2021 9:45 pm Reply

      “Mahalo for your aloha” is not a thing. However maybe we should make it something. I would “thank you for your goodbye” off of kauai. Haha.

  6. RGLadder37 July 22, 2021 1:17 pm Reply

    This means that DOH intends to close down HHSAA sports for the remainder of the year.

    That kid will die if he gets in trouble with the delta variant COVID-19. To be safe, they’ll close down all sports until further notice.

    That means practice and real games.

  7. mark July 23, 2021 6:49 am Reply

    Once the Covid vaccines are fully approved from FDA people will be more willing to be vaccinated and have children vaccinated. So hoping the full FDA Covid vaccine approval will be soon.

  8. t.britboy July 23, 2021 10:37 am Reply

    I’m really confused as to why the county is maintaining the fallacy of a Tier system. If, given the rise in cases over the last few weeks, there is no intention to switch tiers why not just throw our hands in the air and admit we are open and we are not closing down again? Alternatively, if the country is serious about the threat the Delta variant causes, start adjusting the Tiers. Choose a path Kauai!

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