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LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
“We continue to investigate the three active clusters on Kaua‘i and, unfortunately, I expect that we will identify additional cases associated with these clusters in the coming days,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said.
Kaua‘i’s active clusters include one restaurant, 11 total cases; one educational setting, 16 total cases; and one correctional facility, 33 total cases.
Wednesday’s cases consist of two visitors and 28 residents.
Of the 30 cases, eight are children and 22 are adults.
Seven of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 23 cases are considered community-acquired. Sixteen of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the active clusters. The remaining seven community-acquired cases have no known source of infection.
“Most of our cases are in residents. Please protect yourself and our community by wearing a mask indoors, staying home and getting tested if you feel sick, and avoiding large gatherings,” Berreman said. “These protective measures are important for everyone to follow, whether or not you’ve been vaccinated. And if you aren’t yet vaccinated, please do so.”
All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
Berreman also noted that anyone who was at Tahiti Nui restaurant in Hanalei from July 30 through Aug. 4 may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should be tested immediately, whether vaccinated or not.
Wednesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 170, with four hospitalized, and 807 cumulative cases.
This spike in cases on-island is indicative of the state’s current uptick in COVID-19 infections being linked to the delta variant, a more-contagious form of the virus.
Tuesday, Gov. David Ige announced a new, statewide emergency order that puts new limits on gathering sizes and restaurants.
Social gatherings are limited to 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.
Restaurants, bars and social establishments remain open, with indoor capacity set at 50%. Patrons must be seated with their party, six-foot distancing must be maintained between groups, no mingling is allowed, and masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
Gyms, fitness facilities,
indoor exercise classes and other high-risk indoor activities are also limited to 50% capacity, with masks required.
Parks, beaches, trails, campgrounds, pools, shooting and archery ranges and golf courses remain open with social gathering limit of 25 people.
The county’s COVID website now includes a web portal for event organizers to submit their operational plans to the county for review.
The governor’s order requires counties to ensure appropriate safe practices will be implemented during events. Safety measures may include requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative test result. No professionally organized event over 50 people can take place without county review of the event.
For professionally organized events over 50 people, submit event information by visiting kauai.gov/COVID-19 and clicking on “Professionally Organized Events.”
Look, this is a dangerous pandemic. It’s not supposed to be an IQ test. Didn’t get polio, TB, small pox, or whooping cough when you were a kid? Gee, it must have been the VACCINES! Get vaccinated, lay off the crowded, boozy garage parties for a while, and put your mask on. It’s not rocket science.
It’s not rocket science, but it’s not as simple as the Kindergarten level explanation you’ve painted here. Vaccines *may* have been helpful to reduce those diseases to a negligible level, however there are many factors that affectrf the spread of those diseases – including the increased awareness of sanitation, such as running water, hand washing with soap, washing food, and so on. It also includes the increased awareness of nutrition and its role in disease. A good source of information about this is “Moth in the Iron Lung” as well as “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness”
Where are the additional ICU’s? Where are the additional facilities?
Where are the reults of mask wearing?
Where are the results of social distancing)
Where are the results of the vaccination campaign?
No can stop the virus.
If the vaccinations work, why the fear?
Where are the sick and dying children?
Fear, fear, fear, and control.
Focus on treatments, increase the facilities, protect the vulnerable. Stop with the fear mongering already.
Vaccinations are not stopping the spread. So treat vaccinated and non-vaccinated the same. Stop with the nonsensical delusion that the Government can stop this virus with mandates. Stop destroying lives to fight a virus that can be managed with treatments.
The results are right in front of your face. The fact that we (Kauai at least) are NOT at 100+ positive cases a day. Our hospitals are NOT overrun. We DON’T have people dropping like flies.
Vaccines ARE stopping death.
Hawaii is blessed with rich resources. The citizen’s have the ability to be outside and make VIT D. Your fresh food is loaded with VIT C and your land has many minerals. Mother Nature will help you fight the virus infection and your subsequent natural immunity will protect you from subsequent variants of this nasty virus.
Note to editor and reporters. When mentioning the hospitalized due to Covid19 please note if they are vaccinated or not.if you get a shot , hospital not.
The data from Israel, Island UK say otherwise. You must do your due diligence. There is a possibility we are seeing Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE), as a consequence of mass inoculations. If you get the shot and then get COVID, make sure you and your doctor remain on the lookout for increased inflammation and take medicine to control this early. We may be misinterpreting what is happening given the world data coming in. Watch Israel and Iceland data carefully as these two countries have max vaccinations but are susceptible to the Delta strain. Their elderly vaccinated are the ones in the hospital and dying.
What restaurant? How do we know they are contacting all the people who entered the restaurant?
Contact tracing. They let them know where they ate. The clinic checks it up. The clinic knows a name and address must be given for a reservation at dinner. That ….
Perhaps at this point herd immunization and therapeutics is best options. It might be a good idea to have a talk with your doctor and better understand FDA approved treatments if you happen to get it.
I learned today my double shot with Pfizer is only 42% effective against Delta. Why are the community leaders including Dr. Berman and others who scared us to death about Covid not yelling about the therapeutics? Mr. Mayor do your job and let the community know there are options vs. forced drugs into the arms so that they can be good disciples
I would say 42% effective is better than 0%.
And it’s still almost 100% effective against death.
This is a false dilema, because there are other choices than “vaccine or no vaccine.” That is, if you don’t take the vaccine, there are many other options to protect yourself and keep yourself healthy – including good diet, exercise, vitamin D and C, and other drugs if you do actually catch covid. So no, it’s not just between 42% and 0%. The other methods of therapy and prevent in fact may be more effective than 42%, so it may be vaccine (42%) and healthy lifestyle and therapeutics 95%
Facts are not scary. They’re informational to help the ignorant in their fact-finding mission. Follow real news & you will get real facts.
Nobody is forcing anyone to get a shot, just as they are not forcing a woman who wants to get an abortion to have one. These should always be our own personal choices. Get it?
However, during a global pandemic in which 4.33 million people have already died, rules can dictate mask-wearing & social distancing & anyone who flaunts the law should be held accountable. It’s simple. It’s not forcing you to get a shot…that’s your own choice.
Safe social practices are proving to protect people whether vaccinated or not. Stop calling people traitors for requiring masks & social distancing. Traitors are those who tried overturning the election at the US Capitol on January 6th…or does anyone remember that little ditty?
Yo Curious Dog, women who choose to get an abortion is their free will and right. Your analogy falls apart when the government requires vaccination to freely move around society then requires a identification card of status.
I could hardly image a woman wearing a badge that she has rights and its her body.
As usual you missed the point, there are alternatives now that we did not have 6 months ago that can minimize the hospitalization of people.
Less fear and more options that saves lives. Google FDA approved therapeutics.
Interesting that those who are unvaccinated are 95% of those getting hospitalized. They have refused to get a vaccine to stop the virus from spreading but run to the hospital to gladly take new experimental drugs to fight the virus once they have it and call them therapeutics. Doesn’t make any sense to me why you will do one to save your own life but won’t help from spreading the virus to your neighbors.
This is propaganda. We don’t know why they were hospitalized – it could have been through coercion or due to unrelated reasons and they also happened to be covid positive, likely without symptoms (asymptomatic).
The problem with what you are saying is that the CDC is not reporting on the vaccinated getting COVID because they are afraid you will understand the vaccines are failing.
You are not getting all the data but just the half of the people getting the virus. Statistics are about 50% to 50% vaccinated to unvaccinated getting COVID, ie the vaccines are not keeping you from getting the virus infection. Check your numbers, confirm government numbers.
I would like to know the ages of the children infected and is everyone in hospital? And should we think about closing or limiting the number of tourists that are coming in? This is too much for the island.
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