The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Today’s cases are all residents. Of the nine new cases, one is a child and eight are adults. Two of the cases are related to mainland travel. The remaining seven cases are considered community-acquired. Three of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining four cases have no known source of infection, including two whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who have refused to provide information.
“While the Omicron variant has not yet been detected here on Kaua‘i, the Department of Health has identified recent events on O‘ahu and in New York as risk factors for exposure to the variant,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua‘i District Health Officer. “Anyone on Kaua‘i who recently traveled and attended either a Christ Embassy Hawai‘i event or the recent New York Anime Convention is encouraged to be tested as soon as possible. Please do not delay testing by waiting to hear from the Department of Health.”
Today’s cases bring the number of active cases to 110, with nine hospitalized, and 3,285 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 3,221 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 56 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.