LIHU‘E — Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday by the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office.
“Cases are rising rapidly on Kaua‘i. Residents are returning from travels and school starts next week,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said Thursday.
These cases include four visitors and nine residents. Of the 13 cases, three are children and 10 are adults. Eight of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining five cases are considered community-acquired.
Only one of the community-acquired infections is a close contact of a previously announced case. The other four have no known source of infection. Three of the hospitalized cases have been released.
All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
“If you’ve traveled recently, please get tested. If you have any contact with anyone in our schools, please get vaccinated,” Berreman said.
In the last week, the county has reported 49 new infections.
Thursday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 51, with two hospitalized, and 587 cumulative cases.