Coronavirus Updates

Active COVID-19 Cases in Kaua‘i County Drops to 9; No Additional Cases Reported at This Time

By Tiffany DeMasters

Posted July 2, 2020, 4:11 PM HST

Twenty-five individuals have been released from quarantine or isolation out of the 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kaua‘i County, leaving only nine active cases.

During the county’s COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Mayor Derek Kawakami said many of the close contacts identified in two household clusters last month have been released from quarantine and several more are expected to be released in the coming days.

“While today’s update is encouraging, we cannot let our guard down — especially as we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” Kawakami said.

Kawakami empathized, that he knows people are eager to celebrate and socialize, but “we are pleading with you to follow best practices.”

Ideally, the mayor said, people should celebrate the holiday at home with immediate family members only.

“However, if you are planning to gather outside the home, wear a mask, practice social distancing and stay outdoors as much as possible,” Kawakami advised.

The Hawai‘i Department of Health will continue its contact tracing investigation. Anyone identified as a close contact with a possible positive case will be notified and offered a test.

Watch Kawakami’s full COVID-19 daily update 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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