Coronavirus Updates

Close Contacts Connected to Household Cluster Tested for COVID-19

By Tiffany DeMasters

Posted June 22, 2020, 1:24 PM HST

Investigations are ongoing into a household cluster that identified eight active COVID-19 cases last week, bringing Kaua‘i County’s total number of cases to 29.

During Monday’s press conference, Kaua‘i District Health Officer Janet Berreman announced that specimens were collected from all identified close contacts with the household cluster, and samples were sent over to O‘ahu for testing. Officials expect to have results from those tests on Tuesday.

Individuals identified as close contacts are in quarantine and the individuals diagnosed with the virus are in isolation.

“If you’ve been identified as a close contact, the Department of Health will call you and offer you a test,” Berreman explained. 

Casual contacts, Berreman added, is not considered an exposure that requires action. Casual contacts include passing someone on the street, being at the same park or being in the same store.

“The return of COVID-19 to the island was expected, but it is concerning and it reinforces our need to be extremely careful in our day-to-day interactions to contain the spread,” said Kaua‘i County Mayor Derek Kawakami.

Watch the county’s full daily briefing in the video above.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Kauai Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.
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