KDHO: 17 new COVID-19 cases Oct. 22

LIHU‘E — Friday, the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, which include 16 residents and one visitor. Of the 17 new cases, three are children and 14 are adults.

Seven of the cases are related to travel, including two mainland and five interisland. The remaining 10 cases are considered community-acquired. Five of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining five cases have no known source of infection.

“Cases have jumped up in the last two days. The increase is likely related to fall-break travel,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said in a press release.

“If you traveled recently, please get tested. If you test positive or if you’re feeling sick, please isolate at home to avoid spreading disease to others. And if you haven’t been vaccinated, please do so.”

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 63, with two hospitalized. To date, the county has seen 2,596 cumulative cases.

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