KDHO: 18 new cases Monday, cases on ‘modest decline’

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 18 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

“Case counts now appear to be on a modest decline, but they are still higher than we would expect to see, and higher than the other islands are experiencing,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said Monday. “The majority of our cases are close contacts of previously announced cases, or they are linked to one of our active clusters.”

As of yesterday, there are currently active clusters at four restaurants, two places of worship, two educational settings, two other occupational settings, one construction industrial setting, one social gathering, and one cluster related to travel, lodging, and tourism.

“Our test positivity rate is just under 5%,” Kawakami said. “That means nearly one out of every 20 people getting tested on Kauai are now testing positive. That’s the highest rate we’ve had.”

Monday’s cases consist of one visitor and 17 residents.

Of the 18 new cases, five are children and 13 are adults. One of the cases is related to mainland travel. The remaining 17 cases are considered community-acquired. Eight of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of our active clusters. The remaining nine community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including one that investigators are unable to reach or who has refused to provide information.

Active cases are directed to isolate, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine.

Monday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 183, with eight hospitalized, and 2,285 cumulative cases.

5 Comments
  1. Rev Dr Malama September 28, 2021 7:29 am Reply

    This is so totally deceptive…
    1 in 20 being tested is infected!!!

    Please go back to testing absolutely everyone who gets off a plane or boat onto Kauai soil!


  2. Kauaigrown September 28, 2021 2:53 pm Reply

    Name the establishments please, so we can stay away for awhile, to help stop the spread!!!


  3. Daniel w Loeffler September 28, 2021 4:04 pm Reply

    You are not providing important information to your readers regarding the active clusters on the island!

    Why do you not detail this to us so we can avoid these clusters?

    (As of yesterday, there are currently active clusters at four restaurants, two places of worship, two educational settings, two other occupational settings, one construction industrial setting, one social gathering, and one cluster related to travel, lodging, and tourism.)


    1. Rev Dr Malama September 29, 2021 8:31 am Reply

      Now that we have parroted and paraphrased the reports…. with our free speech opinions.

      Let’s call in a private detective like Dog the Bounty Hunter and get
      him sniffing to the bottom of the reason for the secretive government operation of so called clusters?

      Follow the money $$$$ because a small number of people are getting a large paycheck out of this contact TRACING, I think….


  4. ILOVEKAUAI September 29, 2021 6:15 am Reply

    Plus they need to add how many of these cases were vaccinated people. I agree with Dr Malama. Test everyone getting off an airplane or boat.


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