The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 28.
All six of the cases are Kaua‘i residents. Two cases are children whose family members had a history of travel – their source of infection is considered inter-island travel-related.
Two are adult residents who received positive test results after their return from the mainland. Their source of infection is also travel-related. The last two cases are adult residents whose sources of infection are considered community-acquired. We are awaiting confirmatory test results for several additional cases. Contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine, and offered testing.
“Several of our cases over the past few weeks have attended work, school, and social events while sick,” said Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer for the Kaua‘i District Health Office. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay home when you are sick and to contact your primary care provider to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. Additionally, almost all of our recent cases have been in unvaccinated individuals. If you have not been vaccinated, please schedule your appointment now.”
Vaccination is widely available on the island. For details, visit Kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.
Wednesday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 34, with 270 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 233 confirmed locally, two probable, and 35 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.