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LIHU‘E — Monday, Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 16 new cases of COVID-19.
All 16 new cases are residents, including seven children and nine adults.
One of the cases is related to mainland travel. The remaining 15 cases are considered community-acquired. Twelve of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining three cases have no known source of infection.
As of Monday, there are 105 active cases, with 11 hospitalized. According to the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency, two are in the intensive care unit.
“Our case count remains elevated and nearly a dozen Kaua‘i residents are currently hospitalized,” Kaua‘i Deputy District Health Officer Lauren Guest said Monday. “Thankfully, the count is stable, and a number of cases are related to known clusters.”
The county is currently investigating eight active clusters, Guest said. This includes one place of worship, one educational setting, one food supplier, two construction settings and three other occupational settings.
Over the past week, the county’s average daily case count was 15, Guest said.
”If you’re 18 or older, please get a booster if you want more protection,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said Monday. “A booster dose can help ensure a safe and healthy holiday season. It’s especially important to get a booster if you’re at higher risk: if you are 50 years of age or older, have underlying health conditions, or live or work in a high-risk environment.”
To date, the county has recorded 3,076 cumulative cases.
Free COVID-19 testing is available at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Convention Hall will not have testing on Thursday and Friday. It will reopen Nov. 29.
Mobile testing will be available Wednesday at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Hanalei Neighborhood Center on Saturday, and at the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For a full list of testing locations, visit Kauai.gov/COVIDtest. A full list of vaccination locations can be found at Kauai.gov/vaccine.
No, zero new cases is “stabalizing.” Every new case is an uptick in how the disease is spreading.
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