LIHU‘E — Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office on Friday.
Friday’s cases are all Kaua‘i residents who were identified as close contacts of previously-announced cases. Three are adults, two are children. All five are considered community-acquired infections.
Contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing. Several close contacts identified had already been fully vaccinated and therefore are not subject to quarantine. They are self-monitoring for symptoms.
“Community-acquired cases are now up to seven this week — more than half of our cases — after none since January,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami. “The major protection against sustained community transmission is vaccination, which is widely available on the island. The community must also continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, practice distancing, wash hands and stay home when sick.”
Friday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 12, with 248 cumulative cases.
Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 213 confirmed locally, two probable, and 33 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
Source: The Garden Island