54 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 2 new clusters

LIHU‘E — Thursday, the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 54 new COVID-19 cases, representing one visitor and 53 residents.

Of the 54 new cases, 14 are children and 40 are adults.

Nine of the cases are related to travel — five interisland and four mainland. The remaining 45 cases are considered community-acquired. Thirty-eight of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining seven community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including two whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who have refused to provide information.

These cases bring the number of active cases to 269, with four hospitalized, and 2,005 cumulative cases.

”Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who are hospitalized at this time are unvaccinated,” county Managing Director Michael Dahilig said Thursday.

Earlier this week, the county identified two clusters in the last week, one in an educational setting and the other in a restaurant. The exact locations, however, were not disclosed.

“Regarding cluster locations, the common feature of clusters is what people are doing, not where they are going,” Kaua‘i District Health Officier Dr. Janet Berreman said Thursday.

“The high-risk behaviors that we see most often leading to clusters are large gatherings, especially indoors; unvaccinated individuals; inconsistent mask-wearing; crowding; and participating in activities while sick. Avoiding any setting where people are exhibiting these behaviors reduces your risk of being exposed and infected,” she said.

Berreman said that only when the DOH cannot identify all associated close contacts will it release a specific cluster location.

“However, we have a responsibility to protect the privacy for all residents as much as possible,” Berreman said. “If DOH is able to adequately identify and notify the close contacts, there is no need to publicly identify a location.”

Today, the mobile vaccine clinic is at the Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center, and Wainiha Country Market on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i representatives will be at Kekaha Neighborhood Center Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., offering all three vaccines.

  1. mina September 17, 2021 5:51 am Reply

    OK, how about this for all you “patriotic” anti-vaxers…you get sick, you don’t get to go to the hospital.

    1. Please! September 17, 2021 10:21 am Reply

      “The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly”.

    2. Erik September 17, 2021 11:52 am Reply

      No worries…No need hospital with Zelenko protocol.

    3. Maile h September 18, 2021 2:46 am Reply

      Mina what a sad way to think you should be embarrassed to even say something like that
      I’m sure you would rethink your perspective if it was one of your daughters or grandchildren who needed healthcare
      Just because your vaccinated and I may not be doesn’t make you any more entitled to healthcare
      Hearing the vaccinated talkingAbout how the unvaccinated are such a problem but why aren’t you worried about the fellow vaccinated because you can still catch the virus from them just the same as you can get it from the unvaccinated
      Just because you went a got a expierimental injection labeled as a vaccine does t make you any better than me or anyone else who didn’t get the shot
      All it did was make people like u think your more entitled than others
      Wich by the way
      Couldn’t be farther from the truth

  2. mark September 17, 2021 6:16 am Reply

    There should be a penalty for persons who have tested positive and refuse to participate in quarantine. Public safety needs to be protected as much as possible.

  3. nothings free? September 17, 2021 7:46 am Reply

    WOW! Covid cases all over the place!! How many are dying again? The Director of the CDC said in an interview with CNN that the hundreds of people who have died of Covid after being fully vaccinated actually died of something else like a heart attack? Hmm…So they count it as a Covid death even if someone has a heart attack but tested positive for Covid and even had no visible symptoms of Covid? Please give us more information on the case counts and deaths?

  4. Mailman Mike September 17, 2021 9:42 am Reply

    I’m still waiting for the results of the Great Great Great packed college football stadium experiment. Any news?

  5. Kai Kane September 17, 2021 10:31 am Reply

    We need boosters after six months because it works.
    We need to protect those who get it because it works.
    We need everyone else to get it because it works.
    We need to segregate those who don’t get it because it works.
    We need a propaganda campaign because it works.


  6. Kai Wahine September 18, 2021 4:44 pm Reply

    BOOM! How’s that truth moment for ya?

  7. Uncle Swags September 18, 2021 6:53 pm Reply

    They need to provide more details on the cases, especially clusters, so that people can make informed decisions on what places to avoid. We all know the jail is one such place, so if you need any further motivation to stay away from that place you got it.

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