The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s seventh fatality from COVID-19 and announced 32 new cases on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
The fatality was a female Kaua‘i resident in her 90s who was hospitalized.
“We extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of this individual,” said Mayor Derek SK Kawakami. “I continue to urge our community to come together and shift our behavior. We must avoid travel unless necessary, avoid gathering in large groups, and if you have to gather, gather outside. Wear your masks, stay home if you’re sick and get tested, and get vaccinated. There is no guarantee that these actions will be enough, but they are our best hope to avoid a shutdown.”
Today’s cases are two visitors and 30 residents. Of the 32 new cases, 10 are children and 22 are adults. Five of the cases are related to travel – two mainland and three interisland. The remaining 27 new cases are considered community-acquired. Twenty of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to one of our active clusters. The remaining seven community-acquired cases have no known source of infection.
Active cases are directed to isolate, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.
Today’s cases bring the number of active cases to 276, with four hospitalized, and 1,412 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 1,355 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 49 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.