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11 new COVID cases Wednesday

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

These cases are among nine residents and two visitors.

Four cases have links to mainland travel. The remaining seven are considered community-acquired. All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

“We are seeing a significant increase in cases on the island. These cases reflect increased community transmission primarily among unvaccinated residents,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said in a press release.

“Vaccination is more important now than ever — it is our strongest tool for controlling community spread. If you haven’t been vaccinated, please consider doing so today.”

In response to a community request for easier access to testing, the DOH and county are offering free testing in Hanalei on Friday, July 2. More information is forthcoming.

Wednesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 23, with 412 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 368 confirmed locally, three probable, and 41 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
Source: The Garden Island

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