HONOLULU — This Saturday, March 25, will be the third anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown that fundamentally reshaped life on the island of Kaua‘i.
Three years later, the disease persists — but case counts remain relatively low.
The state Department of Health (DOH) reported last Wednesday a total of 31 new cases on Kaua‘i and 449 new cases statewide from March 7 to 13 — compared with 34 and 510 the week before.
The test positivity rate on Kaua‘i was 6.5 percent, compared with 4.2 percent statewide.
Eight COVID-19 deaths were reported statewide, none of which were located on Kaua‘i.
A March 14 DOH report estimated that a range of COVID-19 strains were prevalent on island, including Omnicron XBB.1.5, which is nicknamed the ‘Kraken’ subvarient for its rapid spread.
For information about vaccine providers and the services they offer, people can visit the vaccine-finder map at hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine. For a list of vaccination locations on Kaua‘i, visit kauai.gov/vaccine or call the DOH Kaua‘i District Health Office at 808-241-3495.
Guthrie Scrimgeour, reporter, can be reached at 808-647-0329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Garden Island
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