County investigates education and KCCC clusters

LIHU‘E — Monday, the Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 13 new cases, including one child and 12 adults.

Four of these new cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining nine cases are considered community-acquired, with eight associated with an announced case or are tied to one of the county’s active clusters. The remaining community-acquired case has no known source of infection.

“The virus is spreading rapidly on our island,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said Monday. “We are experiencing some of the highest COVID case counts since the beginning of the pandemic, including a concerning number of cases in children.”

This past weekend, from Friday through Sunday, the county reported 77 new COVID-19 cases on-island, with 18 involving children. More than 90%, Kawakami reported, were in residents.

“With school in session, parents should follow these guidelines to keep their children safe,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said. “Children should be home if they are sick, and please get them tested. Be sure students have masks and know how to use them. Lastly, anyone in the household 12 and older should get vaccinated.”

The county is continuing to investigate two clusters on island, one at an educational setting which has resulted in 37 primary or secondary cases and one at the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center which the Department of Public Safety reported 15 new positive cases among inmates and one from a staff member.

Some of these cases reported yesterday were previously recorded in the county’s figures from the weekend.

To date, this cluster at KCCC has resulted in 51 COVID-19 cases. A third round of testing was performed Monday, and the county is awaiting results.

Monday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 221, with three hospitalized, and 931 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 877 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 46 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

  1. BidenHarris forever August 17, 2021 8:45 am Reply

    I guess we now know what can happen if we did not shut done early in the pandemic! Now we are starting to pay for the opening!

  2. Kauaigrown August 17, 2021 1:17 pm Reply

    Maybe we need a stay at home order, and essential airplane travel only!!!

  3. Slow it down August 17, 2021 1:30 pm Reply

    We need to slow it down, not necessarily shut down. Bring back testing for all travelers returning to Kaua’i vaccinated or not, because unlike what green thinks vaccinated people can carry and spread covid as well. We need to give our mayors back the power to make decisions in a timely manner as seen fit per island. We need to bring back distance learning to Kaua’i to help alleviate numbers on campuses. Our stores need help mandating masks and they need to monitor the numbers and crowding in stores as well. Many things to slow/stop the spread other then a full shut down or a curfew!

    1. ~ resident August 17, 2021 6:52 pm Reply

      Yes, slow it down would be great I agree with this,tourism cap even….
      But the kids need to stay in school, if we had the testing for vaccinated and non vaccinated on any incoming travelers or returning residents and they quarantine until they get results then the kids should be able to stay in school! They should of been in school when we were in total lockdown because we didn’t have covid then! Folks with vaccine are spreading the virus as well!!!! CDC says so!!!

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