Kauai News

Kaua´i School Site of COVID Cluster, DOH Says

Posted September 17, 2021, 6:21 AM HST

The state Department of Health said that an independent school on the Island of Kaua´i that was not strictly adhering to face covering mandates has been confirmed as the site of a large COVID-19 cluster.

DOH released the information as part of its newest case cluster report. The school was not expressly identified in that report.

According to the DOH, a total of 27 teachers and students tested positive as a result, which led to 18 close contacts coming down with coronavirus.

In response, the unnamed institution temporarily suspended in-person instruction, along with other measures, to stem the spread of the virus.

Also part of the report was a Maui elementary school cluster of 26 individuals. DOH said two people came to school while showing symptoms of COVID-19, which is a direct violation of one of the primary mitigation directives that asks all students, teachers and other employees to remain home if they are experiencing even mild symptoms of illness.