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10 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday

LIHU‘E — Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office Sunday.

All 10 cases are Kaua‘i residents. Six are children and four are adults, and are considered community-acquired. All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.

“Today’s cases are all close contacts of previously-announced cases or can be traced back to one of the locations announced yesterday,” Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i district health officer said Sunday.

“Additionally, like other areas, we are seeing increased cases in children. So far, there is no evidence of disease transmission in schools. Instead, these children are getting infected by other family members,” she said.

”Since children under the age of 16 aren’t eligible to be vaccinated, the most important thing you can do to protect them is to have every eligible family member vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Sunday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 73, with 325 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 288 confirmed locally, two probable, and 35 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.

According to the DOH, the two ZIP codes with the highest concentration are 96746 with 19 cases and 96766 with 25 cases.

Free testing at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Upon arrival at the test center, you will receive an appointment time to return later in the day. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a maximum of 350 appointments a day.

Testing is also available through your primary care physician, hospital or urgent-care clinic. Contact those providers directly for more information.

If you have symptoms or are feeling sick, you should isolate immediately, stay away from household members, and do not go out — including to work or school — unless you are seeking testing or to get health care. Those who have been vaccinated should still be tested if they believe they may have been exposed or if they feel sick.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings. For details, visit kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.

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

For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit hawaiicovid19.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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