LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
One case is an adult male visitor whose source of infection is considered travel-related. The remaining seven cases are in residents. Six of these cases are close contacts of previously-identified cases. The final resident case appears unrelated to any other case, and the source of infection is considered community-acquired. Contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.
“We must not let our guard down and continue to follow safe practices by avoiding gatherings and wearing masks,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami. “If you aren’t vaccinated, please do your part to protect vulnerable members of our community by scheduling your appointment now.”
Vaccination is widely available on the island. For details, visit kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.
“While the majority of today’s cases are in close contacts of previously-announced cases, we are very concerned with what we are observing,” said Lauren Guest, DOH public health preparedness planner in the Kaua‘i District Health Office.
“We continue to see a high number of new cases each day, and about half of those new cases are the result of community transmission,” she said. “We are all tired of limiting our contact with people outside of our immediate household, but these protective measures are more important now than they have ever been on our island.”
Sunday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 22, with 258 cumulative cases.
Source: The Garden Island