Kaua‘i falling behind in vaccination rates

LIHU‘E — On Monday, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported one COVID-19 related fatality of a Kaua‘i woman in her 60s who was hospitalized.

To date, the county has recorded 11 fatalities. This is the fourth COVID-19 related death in the month of September.

“My heart and sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of this individual,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said in a statement. “If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated today and help protect our island.”

Kaua‘i, once leading the state in resident vaccination rate, is “falling behind,” officials said Monday.

Our unvaccinated residents continue to bear the greatest burden of COVID disease, hospitalizations, and deaths,” Kawakami said during the county’s COVID-19 briefing. “Kaua‘i is falling behind the rest of the state in our vaccine rate.”

Across the state, about 66% of Hawai‘i residents are fully vaccinated, with about 75% initiating vaccination. On Kaua‘i, only about 64% of residents are fully vaccinated and 69% have gotten one of two shots.

The county is seeing a “high level of community spread among residents,” Kawakami said.

Monday, the KDHO reported 22 new COVID-19 infections, all among residents, all attributed to community spread. Fourteen of the community-acquired cases are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the county’s active clusters. The remaining eight community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including three who have not provided contact tracers with information.

“Over the weekend, from Friday through Sunday, we reported a total of 90 cases, all Kaua‘i residents, and all but one case is community-acquired,” Lauren Guest of the KDHO said Monday.

Most cases have been linked to previously announced cases or an active cluster.

The KDHO is currently tracking clusters in an educational setting, three restaurants, one place of worship, one in the tourism industry, at Kaua‘i Community Correctional Facility and at one construction and industrial setting.

“This weekend there were over a dozen cases who refused to cooperate with our contact tracers, which limits our ability to slow the spread of this disease in our community,” Guest said.

Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said it’s “very frustrating when individuals refuse to cooperate with our efforts to slow the spread of this disease.”

“Or worse, when people go out and about when they know they’re infected,” Berreman said. “They are putting our community at risk.”

Berreman urged those who know of quarantine violations to contact the Kaua‘i Police Department.

“The more people who get vaccinated, the fewer people there will be in isolation and quarantine, and the less this will be an issue,” Berreman said.”If you’re a close contact of an infected person and you are NOT vaccinated, you will be directed by the Department of Health to quarantine. But if you’re vaccinated, you can still go to work and school, without quarantining, unless you develop symptoms.”

Monday’s cases included six children and 16 adults. This brings the county’s active case count to 242, with three hospitalized, and 2,117 cumulative cases.

  1. MisterM September 21, 2021 6:53 am Reply

    As requested by multiple people, please TGI, give us vaccine status information on those who died and are hospitalized. We know the anti-vaxxers think they are as safe – or safer – than vaccinated people. Time to wake them up to reality.

    1. Doug September 21, 2021 9:45 am Reply

      Vaccinated people are also dying from Covid, mainly Kupuna. You will find a few vaccinated people in your death stats too. Vaccination helps MOST people weather the virus better than unvaxed, but vaxed people still carry, spread and in some cases die.

      1. Youonlyfoolingyourself September 21, 2021 12:03 pm Reply

        Bold faced lie – AP headline
        Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

        More articles …
        Out of more than 51,000 Covid deaths in England between January and July 2021, only 256 occurred after two doses.

        They were people at very high risk from illness from Covid-19


        1. McCleod September 22, 2021 8:05 am Reply

          YouonlyFooling yourself…you have incorrect data this is what’s actually happening:

          “According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, the overwhelming majority of those who died of Covid in Israel in the first half of July – fifteen out of twenty people – were fully vaccinated.

          In an interview with an Israeli news channel, Dr. Kobi Haviv, who is medical director at Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, stated that 95 percent of severe covid cases at his hospital are fully vaccinated.

          Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who serves as director as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that the Israeli data “suggest increased risk of severe disease amongst those vaccinated early.”

          According to a recent report by the UK government agency Public Health England, those who received a Covid vaccine are more than three times more likely to die from the Delta variant than unvaccinated individuals. To put it another way, according to this report receiving the vaccine actually increases one’s chance of dying from Covid-19.”

          Enough with the “just get vaccinated” stuff already. Those choosing not get shot are making a choice they deem to be proper and logical, given the trend in vaccinated deaths.

          Colin McCleod

        2. Kali Yuga September 22, 2021 8:14 am Reply

          CDC guidance says that if you die before 14 days post second shot, e.g. if you only got one, or it’s been 11 days after your second, that you are “unvaccinated”

        3. Doug September 22, 2021 8:56 am Reply

          I am vaccinated, just stating facts. If you follow the local news daily (like I do) Josh Green will actually let real facts slip out sometimes, like the fact that up to 15% of Hawaii hospitalizations are vaccinated people. They will also let slip when someone dies that it was a vaccinated person. They don’t freely publish these facts because our “leaders” want you to think as you currently think, that the vaccine is a cure all. It is not, but should be taken to improve your chances of surviving Covid.

      2. Des September 21, 2021 1:29 pm Reply

        A vaccinated person has a 1 in 5 chance of getting COVID as compared to an unvaccinated.

        A vaccinated person has less than a 1 in 5 chance of spreading COVID as compared to an unvaccinated, first because they’re not getting it, and second because the period in which they can spread it is shortened.

        A vaccinated person has a 1 in 10 chance of being hospitalized for COVID as compared to an unvaccinated.

        A vaccinated person has a 1 in 50 chance of dying from COVID as compared to an unvaccinated.

        So your claims are technically true but grossly misrepresentational due to what you opted not to say.

  2. LMat September 21, 2021 8:45 am Reply

    Wow… refusing to cooperate with contact tracing. How self-centered, ignorant and pilau can you be. Boils my blood.

  3. Kali Yuga September 21, 2021 11:05 am Reply

    > “The more people who get vaccinated, the fewer people there will be in isolation and quarantine, and the less this will be an issue,”

    The data from Isreal shows otherwise. Israel is the most highly vaccinated country in the world yet facing record numbers of cases and fatalities. The vaccine is not working. We need other treatment options.

  4. RGLadder37 September 21, 2021 1:39 pm Reply

    So you mean the vaccines didn’t work for this women in her 60s? She got sick, then sent to a hospital. But the vaccines did not work. Is this the diagnosis? The vaccines are there to take away the symptoms, not the disease. The assumed prognosis on her before diagnosis, would be she had COVID-19 and got sick. She was not vaccinated before the disease. And it was too late already. And she had other complications along with the delta variant COVID-19. What actually does work with the vaccines?

  5. Jim Jones September 21, 2021 4:54 pm Reply

    Drink the Kool-Aid.

  6. KauaiFarmMan September 21, 2021 8:05 pm Reply

    According to the CDC’s own stats more people have died from the Covid vaccine then all other vaccines combined in American history.
    This vaccine has not stopped the spread of the virus, it has caused the virus to mutate and explode in numbers. This plan to vaccinate everyone is not working and will not work.
    Regardless of the threat , we can not forcibly inject people with medical experiments against their will. We are ben g coerced into taking this vaccine that does not work as promised. Everyone is operating out of media driven fear. This is America ! And we have freedom to chose what goes into our body.

  7. KauaiFarmMan September 21, 2021 8:09 pm Reply

    This is a psychological war against humanity driven by media and government propaganda. Look at history people. Governments and media have consistently lied to us and used false threats to drive sweeping change and draconian policy. This is a shining example. I feel sorry for all you sheep that lined up for this poison injection and have to wait to find out the long term side effects, which will surely come for some people if not many.

    1. Reality Calling September 22, 2021 1:35 pm Reply

      This is a WORLDWIDE pandemic. That means the whole world is dealing with this. I reckon you believe the world is flat too, but I can see for sure that you think it revolves around you. Not getting vaccinated is down right selfish at this point. Do you really think all the nations in the world got together and were like yeah, let’s make up a pandemic, then make everyone get shots so they get sicker and we can put microchips in them? Get a grip.

  8. andy September 21, 2021 8:12 pm Reply

    I would particularly like to send out a big MAHALO to the For Our Rights organization for the integral part they have played in perpetuating the ignorance of the anti-vax movement and I would also like to congratulate them for the BLOOD that is on their hands due to their campaign of misinformation…oh, wait, did I say MAHALO? I meant to say AUWE!

  9. Janie Langley September 22, 2021 1:49 pm Reply

    The current stat’s on who are anti-vaxxer’s are PHD.s, high school under-graduates.
    If people would do their own research the best place to start is Israel where most hospitalization’s are the Vaccinated, check out Ireland also, Sweden and Countries in Asia. I am not Anti-vax, I am My Body My Choice, much respect for the decision of every person. Do Not bring Division to our beautiful Kauai. Aloha !

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