KDHO: 18 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

LIHU‘E — Wednesday, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 18 new cases of COVID-19. All are residents.

Of the 18 new cases, four are children and 14 are adults.

Four of the cases are related to travel – three mainland and one interisland. The remaining 14 cases are considered community-acquired. Ten of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to one of our active clusters. The remaining four community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including one whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who has refused to provide information.

These cases bring the number of active cases to 116, with seven hospitalized.

To date, the county has logged 2,443 cumulative cases.

Free testing is available at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e, weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additionally, a free mobile testing van is available for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center on Thursdays, Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Fridays, Hanalei Neighborhood Center on Saturdays, and the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a on Sundays. Testing performed at the Convention Hall and through the mobile testing van is rapid PCR. Same-day results are sent via email.

Free drive-thru testing is also available daily at Lihu‘e Pharmacy Group, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For an appointment, register online at PreventCOVIDHI.com or call (808) 635-4968.

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