23 new COVID-19 cases Sunday – The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 23 new cases on Sunday.

Sunday’s cases include five visitors and 18 residents.

Of the 23 cases, two are children and 21 are adults. Eight of the cases are related to travel — five mainland and three interisland. The remaining 15 new cases are considered community-acquired. Eight of the community-acquired infections are close contacts of previously announced cases or are tied to an active cluster.

The remaining seven community-acquired cases have no known source of infection, including four cases whom investigators have been unable to reach after repeated attempts or who have refused to provide information.

Active cases are directed to isolate. Close contacts are being identified, offered testing and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

Sunday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 302, with three hospitalized, and 1,614 cumulative cases.

Following are links to home-isolation and quarantine guidelines from the DOH:

• hawaiicovid19.com/testing-isolation-quarantine/;

• hawaiicovid19.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Summary-Guidance-for-COVID-19-Cases-and-Contacts.pdf;

• health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/files/2020/04/What-To-Do-If-You-Have-Been-Tested-For-COVID19_040120.pdf.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings and pop-up vaccination opportunities at community sites. Many vaccination sites accept walk-ins. Residents aged 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacy, hospital and clinic locations. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 12 years of age and older, and is currently available at Wilcox Medical Center, Lihu‘e Longs, Puhi Safeway, Kaiser Permanente Lihu‘e Clinic and Hoʽola Lahui clinics in Waimea and Kapa‘a.

For details on the vaccination sites, visit kauai.gov/vaccine.

Free testing is available at locations around the island, most offering same-day results. For more details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.