KDHO: 1 death from COVID-19, 21 new cases – Community News

KDHO: 1 death from COVID-19, 21 new cases

LIHU’E – On Monday, the Hawai’i State Department of Health Kaua’i District Health Office reported the death of a male visitor in his 80s due to COVID-19.

According to the report, he has been hospitalized.

In the announcement, the KDHO clarified that a resident fatality was removed from the county’s total COVID-19 death toll after it was determined the cause of death was unrelated to COVID. So, to date, the province has recorded 12 fatalities, including 10 residents and two visitors.

“We offer our heartfelt prayers and thoughts for this person’s family, friends and loved ones,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami. “With the holiday season approaching, we must do our part to stop the spread of disease and prevent unnecessary tragedies.”

In addition, the department reported 21 new cases on Monday, including two visitors and 19 residents.

Of the 21 cases, four are children and 17 are adults. Two of the cases involve travel, while the rest are community acquired. Nine of these cases are connected to an active cluster or are close contacts of a previously announced case. The remaining 10 have no known source of infection.

“Our recent fatalities, the sheer number of people hospitalized and the number of higher cases all serve as reminders that COVID continues to circulate in our community,” said Kaua’i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman. “Please be careful as we head into the holidays: wear masks if you’re in indoor groups, and if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, consider getting vaccinated. If you’re feeling sick, stay home from work or school and let testing you.”

Currently, the province has 111 active cases, 11 of which are hospitalized. According to the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency, two of these COVID-19 patients are in intensive care.

The county currently oversees three active clusters on the island, including a social gathering and two occupational settings, Lauren Guest, Kaua’i deputy district health officer, said Monday.

“A few potential clusters are currently under investigation to determine whether they meet the cluster criteria,” said Guest.

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has registered 2,844 cumulative cases.

The Kaiser Permanente Lihu’e clinic will host a keiki vaccine day. Walk-in is possible, but you can also make an appointment online. The clinic is open on weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm, closed from 12.00pm to 1pm

A list of vaccination sites can be found at kauai.gov/vaccine.

Free testing is available at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu’e, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If there is a wait, you will receive a ticket with a time to come back for your test. Arrive when the clinic is open to receive a time-limited ticket; no need to come early. This location is closed on Veterans Day, which is Thursday.

A free mobile test bus is available for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Wednesday, Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Friday, Hanalei Neighborhood Center on Saturday, and the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa’a on Sunday. Testing performed in the Convention Hall and via the mobile test bus is rapid PCR. Same day results will be sent by email.

A full list of free test locations and hours can be found at kauai.gov/COVIDtest.

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