Kauai News

Kaua‘i County Reports its First New COVID-19 Case in Months

Posted June 18, 2020, 3:47 PM HST

One new COVID-19 case has been identified, health officials confirmed this afternoon, bringing Kaua‘i County’s total number of cases to 22. This is the first new case for the island since early April.

According to the Kaua‘i District Health Office, the new case is a male adult resident, who received positive test results today.

The Department of Health is conducting a case investigation and contact tracing. The patient will be in isolation for the duration of illness and all close contacts will be in quarantine. Both the case and the contacts will be monitored daily by the Department of Health.

“As the investigation has just begun, we do not yet have information about possible sources of infection, including whether or not there may have been travel-related exposure,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer.

The new case emphasizes the need for the public to continue to heed emergency rules and recommendations to avoid exposure. Some of these recommendations are to:

· Wear a cloth mask whenever away from home and near individuals not part of your immediate household.
· When interacting with people from outside your household, maintain a distance of 6 feet of separation.
· Stay at home as much as possible.
· Refrain from large social gatherings and public outings.
· Do not leave home if you are sick, unless you are seeking medical attention.