LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, one visitor and 11 residents.
Saturday’s cases are in two children and 10 adults.
One of the cases is related to mainland travel.
The remaining 11 cases are considered community-acquired. Eight of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or tied to an active cluster. The remaining three cases have no known source of infection.
Saturday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 111, with 11 hospitalized, and 3,050 cumulative cases.
Daily case counts remain elevated. DOH case investigators and contact tracers call all new cases, generally within a day or two of a positive test.
Anyone testing positive is encouraged to isolate immediately and let close contacts know of the potential exposure. Close contacts should quarantine and be tested.
Most reported cases are in residents who were infected in the community. Everyone, vaccinated or not, must follow Hawai‘i’s indoor-mask requirements and gathering-size limits.
Anyone traveling should be vaccinated before travel and tested three to five days after returning to Kaua‘i.
Vaccination remains the most-important action all can take to slow and prevent the spread of disease. Vaccinations are available to anyone 5 years of age or older and are free, safe and effective.
Residents 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacies, hospitals and clinics. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 5 years and older, and is available at Wilcox Medical Center, Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Lihu‘e Clinic.
The vaccine van can be requested to come to a business, event or home by filling out the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/CBQCWY7 or calling the Kaua‘i District Health Office at 808-241-3495.
For more details on the vaccination sites, visit kauai.gov/vaccine.
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. A free, mobile-testing van is available for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.
Free drive-thru testing is also available daily at Lihu‘e Pharmacy Group, Kolopa Street near the Puhi Safeway, 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.
Testing is available through primary-care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics.
For more testing details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.