LIHU‘E — Wednesday, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s tenth fatality from COVID-19 and announced 35 new cases.
The fatality was a male Kaua‘i resident in his 30s who was hospitalized.
“The loss of a man in his 30s is a sobering reminder that COVID-19 poses real risks of severe illness and death, even for those who are young,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer. “If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated today and help protect our community from future tragedies.”
All 35 of Wednesday’s cases in residents.
Of the 35 new cases, 10 are children and 25 are adults.
Two of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 33 cases are considered community-acquired. Twenty-seven of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of our active clusters.
The remaining six community-acquired cases have no known source of infection. Two new clusters have been identified: one in an educational setting and one is a restaurant.
Wednesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 244, with four hospitalized, and 1,951 cumulative cases.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of this young individual,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami. “We must remain vigilant, shift our behavior, and come together to prevent further pain and loss on our island.”