LIHU‘E — Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 43 new cases of COVID-19.
These cases are among six visitors and 37 residents.
Of the 43 cases, five are children and 38 are adults.
Fourteen of the cases are related to travel – four interisland and 10 mainland. The remaining 29 cases are considered community-acquired. Twenty-four of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the active clusters. The remaining five community-acquired cases have no known source of infection.
Seventeen of Wednesday’s cases are from the active cluster at the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center. These cases were announced with the Department of Public Safety’s Tuesday update.
All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
Wednesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 237, with two hospitalized, and 989 cumulative cases.
Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 935 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 46 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
Daily case counts continue to rise rapidly, despite the DOH’s efforts to perform comprehensive case investigation and contact tracing. Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings and pop-up vaccination opportunities at community sites. Many vaccination sites accept walk-ins. Residents aged 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacy, hospital, and clinic locations. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 12 years of age and older, and are currently available at Wilcox Medical Center, Lihu‘e Longs, and Lihu‘e Safeway. For details on the vaccination sites, visit www.kauai.gov/vaccine.
Source: The Garden Island