5th fatality, 26 new COVID-19 cases Friday

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    About a hundred people attend a pro-choice rally regarding COVID-19 restrictions and mandates Friday along Rice Street fronting the Historic County Building in Lihu‘e. “The most important thing is choice,” said Dustin Barca. “It doesn’t matter who or what you believe. We just need to be able to choose.”

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s fifth fatality from COVID-19 and announced 26 new cases on Friday.

The fatality was a male Kaua‘i resident in his 80s who was hospitalized.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of this individual,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami. “It has been a painful month for many in our community. We carry in our hearts those we have lost as we continue our response and fight against this terrible disease.”

Health officials are also urging riders of The Kaua‘i Bus who rode the Route 100 or 200 line between Kekaha and Lihu‘e during the afternoon or evenings of Aug. 10, 11 or 12, to get tested, as they may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

In addition, health officials are alerting anyone who attended the informal gathering fronting the Historic County Building lawn on Rice Street in Lihu‘e on Aug. 9 that they may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case and should get tested.

“We are making these announcements today to reach as many people as quickly as possible,” said Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman.

“If you rode this bus line during the exposure dates, or if you were at the gathering on Rice Street, please get tested,” she said.

“If you are experiencing symptoms, please seek health care immediately and notify your health care provider. Getting tested will help you take action to avoid spreading disease to others.”

Friday’s cases are one visitor and 25 residents. Of the 26 cases, four are children and 22 are adults. Two of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 24 cases are considered community-acquired.

Fourteen of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the active clusters. The remaining 10 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.

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 210, with two hospitalized, and 1,039 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 985 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 46 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

Daily case counts continue to rise rapidly despite the DOH’s efforts to perform comprehensive case investigation and contact tracing.

Anyone testing positive should take action immediately even if not yet contacted by the DOH: isolate at home and let those you’ve been in contact with know that they’ve been exposed. Close contacts should quarantine and plan to be tested.

For more details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest. For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.

  1. RGLadder37 August 21, 2021 12:12 am Reply

    Do you consider old age as COVID-19?

  2. Lorelei Armstrong August 21, 2021 5:44 am Reply

    What was the “casual gathering” at the county building? Was it one of the anti-mask protests? If so, there may be a bigger problem ahead.

    1. truthbeknown August 21, 2021 6:41 pm Reply

      Lorelei, the “bigger problem ahead” is when the government can dictate what goes into your body and you no longer have the freedom to choose. Be careful what you wish for. Your freedoms are rapidly vanishing.

      1. Ted August 24, 2021 5:18 am Reply

        More psycho-babble. Government hasn’t and will not dictate that. Take off your tinfoil hat.

    2. Freia August 24, 2021 11:49 am Reply

      Gov Ige has asked travellers not to come to Hawaii, however in sept 4, all unemployment ends for PUA and PEUC recipients and Hawaii has the largest Unemployment rate due to the tourist industry fueling economy there. What’s wrong with this picture. 6 deaths (terrible!) but still doesn’t warrant him making this foolish request.

  3. peter August 21, 2021 6:47 am Reply

    99% of current deaths due to Covid are people who are unvaccinated. Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection in action.

  4. Wailua ohana August 21, 2021 9:14 am Reply

    health officials are alerting anyone who attended the informal gathering fronting the Historic County Building lawn on Rice Street in Lihu‘e on Aug. 9. Could it be… PROTESTORS ??

  5. truthbeknown August 21, 2021 11:45 am Reply

    This information is meaningless without knowing how many tests are being performed. If 100 people get tested and one person tests positive the result is 1% of the population tested. If 1,000 people get tested and 10 people test positive, the result is the same, 1% of the population. Please give us all the data so that we can draw an intelligent conclusion as to the actual severity of the situation. Otherwise it’s just the usual scare tactics.

  6. truthbeknown August 21, 2021 12:13 pm Reply

    Do we have this treatment being offered in Hawaii? Excerpt from Epoch Times:
    “Monoclonal antibodies treatment (MAB) can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients with COVID-19 and are widely available in Florida according to the Florida Department of Health website. Anyone who is 12 years and older, and are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter.”

  7. Brainiac August 22, 2021 4:26 pm Reply

    Vaccines cost the gov’t $40 and are free to the public. Monoclonol antibodies cost $3,000.00 a shot and are not free. So far monoclonol antibodies are not approved treatment, which means your insurance company might not pay. The have to be given at onset of Covid -19 and are still not proven to work. Anecdotal evidence says they might work.
    President Trump ,Gov. DeSantis and Gov. Abbot took them after contracting Covid and survived. Many have not.
    So far the only proven treatment to prevent sever Covid is the vaccine. Everything else is not yet approved. So for free you can get 95% protection. To take any other treatment is experimental.
    Epoch times? Not so sure they have their facts correct.

  8. LMat August 23, 2021 10:12 am Reply

    Barca…? He should crawl back under his rock.

  9. The Big Kahauna August 23, 2021 10:19 am Reply

    Hey Kauai- Did you learn how to Google yet. Try FDA approved for Covid treatment. Perhaps Mayor and Gov should be sharing updates for its community on options. Money should not be a option for those seeking medical help. Perhaps, saving all Americans and demand the media tell the truth!

    Regeneron drug approved to help prevent severe COVID in vulnerable after exposure


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