A fifth Kauaʻi resident has died as a result of COVID-19, officials announced Friday, Aug. 20.
The fatality was a man in his 80s who was hospitalized.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of this individual,” said Mayor Derek SK Kawakami. “It has been a painful month for many in our community. We carry in our hearts those we have lost as we continue our response and fight against this terrible disease.”
With 26 new cases reported on Kauaʻi, the number of active cases is now 210, with two hospitalized, and 1,039 cumulative cases.
Fridayʻs cases are one visitor and 25 residents. Of the 26 cases, four are children and 22 are adults. Two of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining 24 cases are considered community-acquired. Fourteen of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of the active clusters. The remaining 10 community-acquired cases have no known source of infection.
All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s fifth fatality from COVID-19 and announced 26 new cases on Friday, Aug. 20.