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13 new COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i Friday

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, all residents.

Of the 13 new cases, three are children and 10 are adults.

Two of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 11 cases are considered community-acquired. Seven of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining four cases have no known source of infection, including two whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who have refused to provide information.

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 112, with four hospitalized, and 2,701 cumulative cases.

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, the DOH said in a press release.

Whether vaccinated or not, all are encouraged to follow Hawai‘i’s prudent rules and wear a mask in crowded indoor settings.

Vaccination remains the most important action to take to slow and prevent the spread of disease. Vaccinations are widely available to anyone 12 years of age or older, and are free, safe and effective.

For details on vaccinations and vaccination sites, visit kauai.gov/vaccine.

Returning travelers are encouraged to get tested three to five days after returning home.

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 Hanalei Neighborhood Center and Sunday at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

Free drive-thru testing is available daily at Lihu‘e Pharmacy Group on 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 also available through primary-care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics. For more testing details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.
Source: The Garden Island

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