Coronavirus Updates

COVID Cases Continue to Rise on Kaua‘i

Posted November 18, 2020, 8:03 AM HST

COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i continue to rise with two new reports of male visitors testing positive for the virus on Tuesday.

The Kaua‘i District Health Office reports the individuals are in isolation and neither is hospitalized at this time. The Garden Island now has 14 active cases with two hospitalized, three in an isolation facility, and nine in home isolation.

The two recent cases were travelers who posted a negative COVID test with the state’s Safe Travels program prior to their trip. They later tested positive on Kaua‘i. Further details are under investigation. Close contacts are being identified, asked to quarantine, and offered testing.

Kaua‘i’s cumulative case total is now 94. Of those, 84 are confirmed on-island, one is probable, and nine are confirmed positive tests performed out-of-state/off-island but reported after arrival/return to Kaua‘i.

In addition, 65 close contacts are in Department of Health directed quarantine, including three in a quarantine facility. The number of close contacts in quarantine may increase as investigation of cases continues.

Kaua‘i County is currently in Tier 4, the lowest tier on Kauai’s Business and Recreational Guidelines for COVID-19 Tier Tracker. If cases remain above a weekly average of two per day for two weeks, or test positivity remains above a weekly average of 1% for two weeks, the County will move to Tier 3, prompting additional restrictions. With today’s cases, Kaua‘i is currently at an average of 1.71 daily cases and 0.9% test positivity.

For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit hawaiicovid19.com.

For more information on the county’s voluntary post-travel testing program, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19. For more information on the county’s new surge testing program, visit kauai.gov/test.