Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been identified by the Kaua‘i District Health Office on Thursday. This brings the active cases to six and the cumulative total to date to 53.
One of the new cases is a minor resident who is a household contact of a current active case. The second new case is a visiting adult who recently traveled to Kaua‘i from out of state and has been in quarantine since arrival, pursuant to the Gov. David Ige’s mandatory traveler quarantine.
All six active cases are in isolation. The Department of Health’s contact tracing investigation is ongoing. All identified close contacts are directed to quarantine and offered a test.
None of the cases have required hospitalization.
“Our recent cases show that the mandatory traveler quarantine is an important tool in protecting our island from spreading disease here,” stated Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “I can only hope that the 355 new cases reported across the state today serves as a wake-up call for both our visitors and residents that now is simply not the time for leisurely travel.”
As a reminder, all incoming arrivals to Kaua‘i are subject to the governor’s 14-day mandatory traveler quarantine. There are very limited situations in which modified quarantine permissions are allowed, including people who must travel inter-island for critical infrastructure jobs, or those who must travel for medical reasons.
Inter-island travelers who believe they qualify for a modified quarantine should visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 and click on the “Modified Quarantine Request” button at the top of the page. Be prepared to provide travel details and reason for request. Requests should be submitted at least two days prior to the date of travel.
One of today’s new cases is reflected on the state’s COVID-19 website at hawaiicovid19.com. The second case is expected to be part of Friday’s statewide count.