The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 43 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Dec. 24.
Today’s cases consist of four visitors and 39 residents. Of the 43 new cases, three are children and 40 are adults. Twenty-three of the cases are related to travel – 16 mainland and seven interisland. The remaining 20 cases are considered community-acquired. Twelve of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of a previously announced case or are tied to an active cluster. The remaining eight cases have no known source of infection, including four whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who have refused to provide information. One of today’s cases did not receive their positive test result until after their arrival on Kaua‘i.
Today’s cases bring the number of active cases to 189, with four hospitalized, and 3,584 cumulative cases. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count includes 3,517 confirmed locally, eight probable, and 59 positive cases diagnosed elsewhere, as they received their pre-travel test results after arriving on island.
In observance of Christmas Day, there will be no COVID-19 news release tomorrow, Dec. 25. Kaua‘i cases for Friday and Saturday will be reported on Sunday.