13 new COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i, state sets record

LIHU‘E — Friday, the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 13 cases of COVID-19 on the island.

Of these cases, 12 are residents and the other is a visitor. The majority, 10, are adults, and the rest children.

Five of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining eight cases are considered community-acquired. Four of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases. The other four have no known source of infection, according to the county. This brings the county’s current active case count to 60.

Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman pointed to recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcements as guidance.

“First, evidence continues to mount that vaccination provides strong protection from severe disease, hospitalization and death. These are excellent reasons to get vaccinated. Second, there is now evidence that even those who are fully vaccinated can spread COVID-19 to others if they become infected,” Berreman said.

Statewide, the DOH reported 622 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the highest reported case count the state has seen. This is partially due to a lab-reporting delay this week. The state’s previous highest infection count in a single day was 355, reported in August of last year.

In a press conference Friday, DOH Director Dr. Libby Char said that about 25% of the new cases reported have been in children.

Despite the state reaching a 60% fully vaccinated rate amongst residents, Berreman recommended all to continue social-distancing practices.

“This is a reminder that we all need to continue to be careful: wear masks indoors — as is mandated statewide in Hawai‘i — and get tested after travel or after close contact with someone with COVID 19. Fortunately, testing and vaccination are widely available for free on Kaua‘i,” Berreman said.

  1. RGLadder37 July 31, 2021 2:09 am Reply

    I just got back from California. Visiting my friend from MIT over in Los Angeles. The airport in LAX is jammed pack. I’m a Pakistani, so I play the part of an engineer. Not a Bomber.

    I wasn’t those getting sick. So no need a check up. But really busy.

  2. Michael July 31, 2021 5:12 am Reply

    The COVID infections in our community continue to be of concern and the continued reporting of COVID’s presence is vital. However, is it possible, that one more piece of information could be added? When COVID is identified, could the vaccination status of the infected individuals also be reported? This might, yet again, underscore the importance of being vaccinated and vulnerability of those who aren’t vaccinated.

  3. Kama July 31, 2021 6:03 am Reply


    Since media doesn’t want to report this and all our whole state is blaming unvaccinated people for the rise in cases.


    1. LOCAL AUNTY July 31, 2021 2:57 pm Reply

      thank you Kama for pointing this out! My god! look what’s happening to all of us…everyone needs to stop the blame game! ITS our right and choice to put stuff into our bodies! OMG what about the VAPES!, bad food!! CAUSES DIABETES TYPE 2, DRUGS! ALCHOHOL! yes MEDIA DOES not WANT TO REPORT ANY OF THE TRUTH! if YOU WANT THE VACCINE, GET IT IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO…THATS YOUR CHOICE TOO!, We as humans need to stop the insanity over this!

    2. Des July 31, 2021 10:24 pm Reply

      Sorry, Kama, that is a lie. You cherry-picked one particular outbreak in Massachusetts where a large number of people were vaccinated.

      But 99% of positive cases are unvaccinated, 99% of hospitalized cases are unvaccinated, and 99% of deaths are unvaccinated. The people unable to be vaccinated, or foolish and irresponsible enough to choose otherwise, are the ones spreading the disease.

      Or to quote actual scientific studies: “A growing body of evidence indicates that people fully vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are less likely than unvaccinated persons to acquire SARS-CoV-2 or to transmit it to others. However, the risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is continued community transmission of the virus.”


  4. kauaidoug July 31, 2021 6:40 am Reply

    With the new facts coming out about this Delta variant unvaccinated should be running not walking for a shot. Now we know vaccinated can transmit the disease. Get vaccinated!!!

    1. Enrique July 31, 2021 4:56 pm Reply

      I got the delta variant in Indo 5 weeks ago. Spent 2 weeks in isolation. I was fine just like 99% will be fine. In Indonesia 6% of country is vaccinated. Same survival rate as the most vaccinated countries (Iceland ,Israel etc ) 99%. Relax… good health and a good immune system is the answer

  5. Josh July 31, 2021 7:03 am Reply


    1. suzan scruton July 31, 2021 6:48 pm Reply

      I agree with you. “Shut Kauai Travel Down Now”. Save your own people, you are in a position to stay safe unlike the rest of the world.

  6. Curious July 31, 2021 8:26 am Reply

    Is the county keeping a log of how many cases are now detected in the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated? Or any other breakdown of demographic chart they can share with the public on this?

  7. truthbeknown July 31, 2021 12:39 pm Reply

    Why are we still pushing “the jab” when it is not effective in preventing infection or transmission? We still don’t know anything about the long term effects to the body that this experimental mRNA “vaccine” will produce. Check out “America’s Frontline Doctors” on bitchute or rumble to get a better prospective of what’s really happening around the world.

  8. WestsideResident July 31, 2021 2:32 pm Reply

    Vaccinated spreading the bug.

    That is the take away…

    Learn to live with it. Push for treatments, not fixes.

  9. Dee Septive July 31, 2021 6:40 pm Reply

    It seems they keep on feeding the sheep, that is the “sheeple”, us.

    They say the number of cases are up this week, but it’s because of delayed counting from the week before. So what they are saying, is that the count is inflated inaccurately. But they just go ahead and misinform us anyway in a manner that increases FEAR in the public.

    The following quote by a state health agency is deceptive if you consider what is being said…this from our Health Dept.

    “reasons to get vaccinated. Second, there is now evidence that even those who are fully vaccinated can spread COVID-19 to others if they become infected,”

    This statement is absurd, #1.) You cannot prove what didn’t happened. It’s factless wishful thinking.

    A Vaccine that on the one hand is known to cause the spread of Covid-19 to others, but (insanely spoken) protects people from severe disease, hospitalization, and death?

    It’s as bizarre as saying: “The government raised the taxes on the population and it caused a drop in crime.” Apples and Oranges? Really Health vs. Disease.

    Admitting the Vaccine causes spread of Covid-19 to others, while true, if those in the Health Dept. are capable of seeing and understanding, then spread of the virus to others is proof positive that our Health Dept. does not know or understand how the immune process actually works.

    1. You cannot spread Covid or any virus without actually being infected with that particular virus. If you have been vaccinated, much less fully vaccinated, it means that if you are spreading the virus, then you have been infected with the virus, thus the vaccines DO NOT WORK.

    So why are the President on down to Mayors, Health Depts., etc. telling the people, untrained in immunology, that these vaccines, are non authorized, and are said to be frighteningly experimental, by the FDA, and are mysteriously altering your very genes that control your body, with the mystery sauces in the vaccines.

    And any scientist driven by integrity, and not an idiot, is laughing at our leaders in the Health, excuse me, Disease Dept, because they do not know how to deal with maintaining Health of the population, nor how to deal with these viruses that HOSPITALIZE and KILL only those under medical care with pre-existing long term diseases (typically overweight, and obese, with diabetes, heart, stroke, high blood pressure, and cancer…all caused by diet and lifestyle abuse), and worse are daily taking numerous toxic abusive amounts of prescription drugs.

    The virus pandemic is not UNDER control because the so called authorities are OUT of control, governing in hysteria WHILE ALLOWING spreading Disease and FEAR, while already $Billions of dollars are being profited by a few in the Pharmaceutical and Medical industry, all the while towns, cities, and whole states are teetering on the precipice of Bankruptcy.

    All the while those at obvious High Risk of Death from these viruses are being ignored, and there is a de facto coverup of the fact that medical disease care is failing to protect us and our nation, and is responsible for keeping elderly people on decades of toxic prescription drugs, ignoring any effort to return people to Well and Healthy.

    We are experiencing the Satan Factor eroding our Health and Safety, supplanted with more and more poisonous chemicals at every turn of the food industry, agriculture, and medical care.

    America every year is more and more saturated with disease and cancer causing petrochemicals, including right down to your vitamins and polyester clothes, deceptively slipped over your body.

    We are in deep, but how do we stop it, and as well reverse this downhill spiral of our health and environment.

    Bad food + obesity + diseases + medical disease care + decades of prescription drugs + VIRUSES = DEATH

    HEALTHY Food + Active Lifestyle + being Medical Drug Free + VIRUSES = Nothing to worry about.

    Check the statistics !

    We need a new Healthy paradigm as to real personal Health Care that ensueñes no obese and diseased citizens, for those people do not know what they need to do, to be Well and Healthy.

  10. Jack’s Way Off July 31, 2021 8:43 pm Reply

    Some of the comments are right on track.
    EVERY WEEK nearly 10,000 Americans die from prescription drugs given to them by their doctors.
    Recommend watching the fascinating documentary, “PLANDEMIC”. Released over a year ago, not a single word has been disproven. Almost all has been positivity verified by scientific investigations.
    Conspiracy Theory ?! The biggest conspiracy theory is our “leaders” passionately spreading the rumor that “There are lots of wacky folks spreading conspiracy theories.” Their “M.O.” is like the tobacco industry “sowing doubt” about tobacco being harmful.

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