LIHU’E – Community transmission and cases of COVID-19 in children are increasing on Kaua’i.
Thursday, the State Department of Health Kauai District Health Service reported 13 new COVID-19 infections, 10 of which are considered community-acquired.
“We are seeing unrelated infections acquired in the community, all over the island,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said on Thursday. “This shows that for the first time we have an extensive and lasting broadcast from the community on our island.”
All new cases on Thursday were in Kauai residents, including five children and eight adults. Three of the cases are related to inter-island travel. As a result, the total number of cases in the county has increased to 43.
Dr. Janet Bereman, DOH Kaua̵
Of these cases, 32 were acquired locally and were not related to travel.
“This tells us that the virus is now circulating widely in our community. “This is the first time we’ve been to Kauai,” Bereman said. “Fifteen of the 47 cases traveled outside the island. Two-thirds of travelers are infected while traveling between the islands. The other third was from continental travel. “
Seventeen of the 47 were minors, Bereman said.
“Some people mistakenly believe that children can’t get sick,” Bereman said. “Children can get and spread this disease and they do not qualify for a vaccine. The best way to protect them is for everyone in their household aged 16 and over to get the vaccine. “
The county does not currently report school-based transmission. “So personal training remains a low risk,” Bereman said.
As for vaccination status, Bereman said four of the 47 cases had been fully vaccinated. Two of the four had no symptoms at all, but had a positive result, and two had mild symptoms.
“We know that the vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing disease, but it provides a very high level of protection – and those few who become infected despite the vaccine are unlikely to become seriously ill,” she said.
Earlier this month, the county announced the discovery of two variants of the virus, B1429, known as the California variant, and B117, known as the UK Variant. Bereman said that in the current cases, testing of options continues.
“Although we do not yet have results from testing options, we expect our current cases to include the same options,” Bereman said.
On Wednesday, DOH tested 362 people, which Kawakami said was much higher than average, leading to more catches.
As of Thursday afternoon, the county remains on at least its restrictive line 4, which allows almost all businesses, activities and gatherings to continue with minimal restrictions.
When the county hits more than two cases in a moving seven-day average for total new cases or a positive test above 1%, there will be a move to level 3, which excludes organized outdoor and indoor team sports and sets increased collection limits.
The total number of the island is 283, including 246 confirmed, two probable and 35 tested outside the island, but reported upon arrival.
Sabrina Bodon, a public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.