KDHO announces 312 new cases Friday

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    People wait in line for their COVID tests, Friday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

LIHU‘E – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 312 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Jan. 14.

Today’s cases bring the number of active cases to 1,080, with seven hospitalized, and 6,870 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 6,792 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 70 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

More detailed information on new cases is available on the Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s COVID-19 data dashboard. To view the dashboard, visit health.hawaii.gov.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.

DOH case investigation and contact tracing

Due to the high volume of cases, it may take the Department of Health case investigators a few days to contact you after you’ve received a positive test. With the shortened isolation period, in some instances case investigators will not be able to reach you before the end of your isolation period. Even if you don’t receive a call from DOH, you should act immediately when you learn you are positive.

If you have symptoms and cannot easily get tested, you should assume you have COVID-19 and take action: isolate at home for at least 5 days, according to DOH and CDC guidelines. Notify your close contacts, workplace, and/or school. And seek healthcare as needed.

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself at home immediately and notify your close contacts. If you are a close contact, quarantine yourself at home and get tested. For more information and guidance for COVID-19 cases and close contacts, visit hawaiicovid19.com. For information about isolation and quarantine, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov.

Vaccines, testing

Across the island, pediatric vaccines are also available at Walmart, Longs Drugs at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, Kaiser Permanente Lihu‘e Clinic and Wilcox Medical Center.

The Kaua‘i Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. This clinic will offer walk-in vaccinations for those aged 12 and older for first and second doses. Third doses and booster shots will also be available. Vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 will not be offered at this clinic.

A list of vaccination options is available at kauai.gov/vaccine.

The convention hall is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for testing.

Appointments for free, drive-thru testing at Lihu‘e Pharmacy can be made at alohaclear.com.

Testing locations can be found at kauai.gov/covidtest.

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