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26 new COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i Friday

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 26 new cases on Friday, one visitor and 25 residents.

Of the 26, six are children and 20 are adults. Three of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 23 cases are considered community-acquired.

Fourteen of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or tied to an active cluster. The remaining nine community-acquired 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.

Active cases are directed to isolate, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 231, with seven hospitalized, and 2,215 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. In addition, if you plan to travel, please be vaccinated before you go, and get tested 3-5 days after you return to Kaua‘i.

Free testing and free vaccines are available across the island seven days a week.

Vaccination remains the most important action anyone can take to slow and prevent the spread of disease onthe island. Vaccinations are available to anyone 12 and older, and are free, safe and effective, the DOH said.

For details on vaccination sites, dates and times, see kauai.gov/vaccine.

The mobile-testing van is available for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center today and Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a on Sundays. Free drive-up testing is also available daily at Lihu‘e Pharmacy Group 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 available through primary-care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics. For more details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.
Source: The Garden Island

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