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44 new COVID-19 cases Friday

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

Friday’s cases are all residents — 18 are children and 26 are adults. Three of the cases are related to travel — one mainland and two interisland. The remaining 41 cases are considered community-acquired.

Thirty-four of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the island’s active clusters. The remaining seven community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including two cases 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.

“Please relax safely over the holiday weekend, as much as possible only with household members, outdoors if you are with people from outside your household,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, DOH Kauai Distrtict health officer.

“Wear your mask when close to others from outside your household. Please observe gathering size limits and statewide indoor-mask requirements. And if you are feeling stick, please stay home and consider getting tested,” she said.

Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 315, with six hospitalized, and 1,548 cumulative cases.

The Ho‘ola Lahui pop-up vaccine clinics are open today from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Kaumakani Community Hall and the Anaina Hou Community Park farmers’ market in Kilauea. No appointments are needed. The pop-up clinics are open to everyone 12 and older. For details on the vaccination sites, visit
Source: The Garden Island

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