The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 4.
Three cases are adult residents whose infections are considered community-acquired. One case is an adult resident whose infection is related to interisland travel and received his positive test result after returning to Kaua‘i. The last two cases are adult visitors: one is related to mainland travel and the other to international travel. All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
“While we are seeing fewer cases in the last couple of days, our average daily new cases remain high and require continued increased precautions to bring this surge under control. I encourage community members to wear masks when around others and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors,” said Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer. “The county team is working on changes in local guidelines that will support controlling the spread of disease in our community. You can contribute by being vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already done so.”
Today’s cases bring the number of active cases to 73, with 332 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 294 confirmed locally, two probable, and 36 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
Free testing at the Convention Hall is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Upon arrival at the test center, you will receive an appointment time to return later in the day. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a maximum of 400 appointments a day.
Testing is also available through your primary care physician, a hospital, or an urgent care clinic. Contact those providers directly for more information.
If you have symptoms or are feeling sick, you should isolate yourself immediately, stay away from household members, and not go out – including to work or school – unless you are seeking testing or getting health care. Those who have been vaccinated should still be tested if they believe they may have been exposed or if they feel sick.
Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings. For details, visit www.kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.