Five new COVID-19 cases; vaccination, testing ongoing

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A reminder sign welcomes people registering for COVID-19 testing Sunday at a mobile testing site at Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center.

LIHU‘E — Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday, consisting of four residents and one visitor.

Of these cases, three are adults and two are children. Four of the cases were related to travel: three mainland and one interisland, the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Monday.

“With our keiki back in schools, our most effective tools to make this school year a success are vaccines and masks,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said.

“Even though children younger than 12 are not yet eligible, vaccinating adults and children 12 and older goes a long way towards stopping the spread and protecting those young children,” she said.

Berreman warned that if a student is sick, he or she should stay home from school.

“Stay home and call your doctor to get tested. Please don’t risk getting your student’s classmates and their families sick,” Berreman said.

The number of active cases is up to 56, with two hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, Kaua‘i has confirmed 621 total cases, Mayor Derek Kawakami reported Monday during the county COVID-19 briefing.

According to the state COVID-19 information database, over 1.76 million vaccine dosages have been doled out to residents. That represents a 60.3% completed rate, as of Sunday.

On Kaua‘i, according to DOH, as of July 31, the majority of cases have been reported on the east, central and south sides of the island, with 19 of the cases in the last 14 days reported in the 96746 ZIP code (Kapa‘a). In this ZIP code, there’s between a 45.1% to 60% vaccination rate.

The county’s town with the highest vaccination rate is Waimea, with over 70% eligible inoculated. DOH numbers do not include federal agency doses.

The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency reported that, across the state, there’s been an average of 317.6 new cases in the last seven days. About 3,535 cases have been reported in the last two weeks statewide.

The county is seeing a 2.8% positive test percentage, according to DOH, in the last two weeks. Statewide, it’s now 5.7%.

Officials continue to urge vaccination, and incentivization continues.

This Thursday, Aug. 5, adults can get 20% off at Keoki’s Paradise restaurant in Po‘ipu from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for getting jabbed there.

Westside residents can also visit a pop-up clinic at Kekaha Neighborhood Center Saturday, Aug. 7, between 8 to 11 a.m.

Free testing is available at the Lihu‘e Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

A free mobile testing van is available for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Wednesdays, Kilauea Neighborhood Center on Thursdays, Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Fridays, Hanalei Neighborhood Center on Saturdays and Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center on Sundays.

Testing performed at the convention hall and through the mobile testing van is rapid PCR (polymerase chain reaction). Same-day results are sent via email.

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Sabrina Bodon, editor, can be reached at 245-0441 or sbodon@thegardenisland.com.

4 Comments
  1. ManuMaui August 3, 2021 3:02 am Reply

    So getting vaccinated stops you from going to the hospital but doesn’t stop you from catching the virus and transmitting it to others. Why aren’t they making treatments instead to kill the virus instead so we can end this thing?


    1. hutch August 3, 2021 9:53 pm Reply

      They don’t want it to end, ManuMaui. They (the Democrat/media/woke media complex) want to keep it going forever so they can continue exercising control over the population and erode our Constitutional freedoms. That’s what Kawakami meant last year when covid first hit when he talked about “a new world order”. We are under attack, pure and simple.


    2. WestsideResident August 4, 2021 6:36 am Reply

      You ask the right question.

      Treatments don’t make headlines, treatments don’t enable political power, treatments don’t signal virtue, treatments are not glamorous.

      … unfortunately.


  2. JJ August 5, 2021 12:41 pm Reply

    The health authorities recently announced the PCR test completely invalid for covid testing. Given there is no new test in place, what possible meaning can the covid case numbers have? A new test that differentiates between covid and the flu is supposed to be in place in December. Until then, doesn’t make sense to wait a bit and see what the numbers really are?


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