Letters for Monday, August 2, 2021

Help available to avoid eviction

Tenants: Are you about to lose your home because you’re behind in rent due to COVID issues? Or are any of your relatives or anyone you know?

Help is available! Call Dana Hazelton at 808-482-3777 at the Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union. She has money to help you … perhaps for as much as a year. It’s from the Kaua‘i 2021 Coronavirus Rent and Utility Assistance. Or you can go to kauairenthelp.com/home or email rent@kgefcu.org. They have translation services and telephone-application assistance.

Landlords: You can apply for this money for your tenants, with their approval.

At the very least, you can tell your landlord you wanna have mediation — and that program is run through KEO: Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, at 808-245-4077.

Even though the governor’s eviction moratorium is ending Tuesday, Aug. 6, all is not lost. Hang in there.

Jim Edmonds, Kilauea

We need more detailed reporting on COVID-19

I appreciate how difficult it must be with changing leadership and reporters leaving the island to cover all of the happenings on Kaua‘i, and I’m grateful for the consistency coming from TGI. I’m also aware that some information is simply not available to the newspapers.

However, the balance of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people in Hawai‘i could be tipped, and many would have a clearer picture of the COVID situation with some clear, accurate reporting about the relationship between vaccinations and COVID-19.

We get daily news about the burgeoning numbers of positive cases and some rough estimates about national trends, yet The Garden Island news presents only a vague report that most of those are among unvaccinated individuals.

Day after day, we are deprived of the numbers.

Exactly how many of our active cases are unvaccinated? How many of those who have been vaccinated are hospitalized? How many of the unvaccinated cases are hospitalized? Where are the positive cases located? The answers to these questions are not simply to satisfy interest. They would help people make informed decisions. Please give us more.

David Dinner, Kilauea

Why no data on vaccinated versus unvaccinated?

When I read the daily COVID count release from our Health Department, something is missing.

They leave out important information.

How many of the cases are vaccinated folks versus unvaccinated people?

Shouldn’t this be part of the daily briefing?

At least for those over the age of 12, we need to know this information for a couple of reasons: First, if the cases are overwhelmingly those who are unvaccinated, it may provide additional incentive to get vaccinated. Secondly, it may tell us how susceptible those of us who are vaccinated in getting infected. Thirdly, it may help parents make decisions about school, sports, etc.

Additionally, the Health Department should tell us how many of those hospitalized with COVID are either vaccinated or unvaccinated, for the same underlying reasons. Revealing this information in no way violates anyone’s privacy rights, so why don’t we receive this information from our officials?

Jim Henry, Kalaheo

11 Comments
  1. RGLadder37 August 2, 2021 12:37 am Reply

    Florida seeing another lockdown. 21,000 plus cases in one day.

    How about Kauai?


  2. George August 2, 2021 6:44 am Reply

    Jim and David, either you are vaccinated or you are not. If you still need “evidence” you havent been paying attention.


    1. RevW August 2, 2021 9:19 am Reply

      Of course an individual knows if they were vaccinated. Many of us would like to know if the unvaccinated are being ‘spreaders’.and whether the vaccines are effective. That starts with the statistics we are NOT seeing.


    2. james August 3, 2021 7:29 am Reply

      I agree with both writers. We should be told the breakdown of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated of the daily Covid count and daily hospitalizations.


  3. Petrina Blakely August 2, 2021 8:39 am Reply

    I scour social media for Covid information in the island and noted yesterday that Josh Green mentioned 108 of 118 cases on Oahu were unvaccinated so that gives you a pretty clear answer


    1. RGLadder37 August 2, 2021 4:09 pm Reply

      Are there a lot of inter island visitors to Kaua’i? Coronavirus check is heightened.


      1. Petrina Blakely August 3, 2021 8:11 am Reply

        I think we have plenty of inter island visitors along with mainland visitors. I believe most of the Covid spike comes from unvaccinated travelers.


    2. james August 3, 2021 7:31 am Reply

      Thanks, but why do we have to scour social media for this information? It should be part of the daily Covid press releases by the DOH.


  4. Petrina Blakely August 2, 2021 8:42 am Reply

    I scour social media daily to try to understand the Covid numbers here in the islands and noted yesterday according to Josh Green 108 and 118 hospitalized on Oahu are unvaccinated – that gives a pretty clear picture of what is going on. Get vaccinated people it’s way past time. Especially with the Delta Variant which is so much more contagious. We need to protect our keiki under 12 who cannot be vaccinated.


  5. Sabrina August 2, 2021 1:37 pm Reply

    Funny but I know more people now who have caught covid19 since they got both vaccinations that before, most have not been too sick but a couple ended up in hospital for a few days, regardless if you have been vaccinated or not you can still catch this Covid19, it’s not going anywhere soon with the way people behave unfortunately.


    1. Petrina Blakely August 3, 2021 8:08 am Reply

      Yes you can still catch Covid if vaccinated but usually it’s not as serious as those who are unvaccinated. The problem with the spike in cases seems to stem from all those who remain stubbornly unvaccinated especially those who are traveling! and the fact that children under 12 cannot receive the vaccine so they are truly at risk. Since I have 4 grand children under the age of 12 here on the island I am extremely concerned about this and happy that they will continue to home school and that’s why I encourage anyone medically able to please get the vaccine.


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