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LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
Saturday’s cases consist of three visitors and 20 residents. Of the 23 cases, six are children and 17 are adults. Nine of the cases are related to travel — eight mainland and one interisland. The remaining 14 cases are considered community-acquired. Nine of the community-acquired cases are close contacts of previously announced cases or tied to the active restaurant cluster. The remaining five community-acquired cases have no known source of infection.
All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
Saturday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 103, with two hospitalized, and 699 cumulative cases.
Daily case counts continue to rise rapidly, despite DOH efforts to perform comprehensive case investigation and contact tracing.
Anyone who tests positive should immediately isolate at home and let those you’ve been in contact with know that they’ve been exposed, the DOH advised. Close contacts should quarantine and plan to be tested.
Many cases are in residents who have traveled. Anyone planning a trip is advised to be or get vaccinated before leaving. Whether vaccinated or not, follow Hawai‘i’s prudent rules and wear a mask in crowded indoor settings. Also, get tested three to five days after return to Kaua‘i.
Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings and pop-up vaccination opportunities at community sites. For details on vaccination sites, visit kauai.gov/vaccine.
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.
Testing is also available through primary care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics. For more details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.
For county information, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.
Well this is an interesting article that doesn’t tell truth. I know of the cases and personally worked with them and no contact tracing was performed at all and the health Dept pretty much said “business as usual “ as long as the rest of the staff have negative results. This is not at all correct. Only
The Nui did the right thing by their own means by closing …the other restaurants went on to work. Crazy because this article makes it sound like the county cares. Nope. Not the case.
I have a problem with the statistics. For the past weeks, TGI articles seem to be saying most of the cases are in residents, many of them returning from travel. Why is it that our residents are so much more susceptible to catching coronavirus on the mainland than non-resident mainland visitors? Also, what percentage of the cases are mild breakthrough cases in already vaccinated individuals–it would seem like most of them since hospitalizations are not increasing. How are all of these cases being identified–particularly how are the resident cases identified vs. the visitor cases.
Why does DOH not report how many of the cases are unvaccinated? If DOH wants more people to get shots they need to cite the unvaccinated statistics.
With a corresponding article in the paper today saying that our state does NOT have enough medical personnel to care for the existing and anticipated continuing increase in COVID cases I would say we have a real problem here with the reopening of the economy that officials need to step back and look at. I am not certainly not comfortable with the current rapid rise in COVID cases and I know I am not alone. That article sites the major issues as being a lack of rental cars and housing but I would also guess that the increase in COVID nation wide is exhausting medical personnel everywhere. What is going to be done about this?
I’m sorry but the numbers look skewed to me, how can it be that so many locals test positive compared to tourists, is it cause tourists aren’t getting tested of fear of testing positive and having to quarantine on island and ruin there vacation?
It confusing seeing the DOH numbers than the Kauai numbers reported differently. What is the true count?
Maybe the president should close the border?
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