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The Kaua‘i District Health Office today reported one new positive case of COVID-19. This brings Kaua‘i’s total number of active cases to one, and the cumulative total of cases to date is now 58.


The new case is a female resident who is currently in isolation. The source of her infection appears to be related to mainland travel, and the case has been in travel quarantine since her return to Kaua‘i.


The Department of Health completed its contact tracing investigation and all close contacts have been directed to quarantine and offered a test.


As a reminder, this virus is widespread in our state and it continues to be important for everyone to be careful on Kaua‘i – wear your masks, keep your distance, and avoid large gatherings.


Kaua‘i’s most recent case will be reflected tomorrow in the statewide count, which is posted daily at noon at hawaiicovid19.com. For local updates, visit the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency page, www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD) Health Care Division is working with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to conduct mass testing for COVID-19 at all correctional facilities statewide. The broad-based inmate testing being administered by PSD health care, mental health and security staff at Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) is complete. The second batch of test results have come in for 276 additional inmates. All 276 were negative. 250 results came back negative yesterday.

The testing at Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) on Hawaii Island was completed yesterday for 164 inmates. The first batch of test results for 78 inmates were all negative.

The order of the facilities next in line for testing is being worked out. PSD is also working with DOH and the Hawaii National Guard to coordinate the testing of correctional officers and staff.

Halawa Correctional Facility notified PSD of a positive test result for 1 employee who pursued outside testing and self-reported the result to the facility today. The employee last worked on 9/21/20. The department is working with DOH on contact tracing.

The outbreak at the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is under control. There was 1 new positive inmate result reported today. There are currently no inmates hospitalized. Over 96% of all inmates who tested positive have recovered. There was also 1 new staff case reported today. Total PSD staff recoveries increased to 79.



For more information on PSD’s planning and response to COVID-19, inmate testing data, and information detailing the efforts made to safeguard the inmates, staff and public, visit our webpage at: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

Through the month of October, the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women (KCCSW) will illuminate the Historic County Building in pink lights for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In previous years, the KCCSW hosted a community walk to honor this important cause. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be promoted with pink lights and banners placed around the Līhu‘e Civic Center.


The public is encouraged to wear pink throughout the month of October to show support for those affected by breast cancer and to remind women of the importance of early detection. The KCCSW encourages regular mammograms and monthly self-exams as early detection of breast cancer saves lives.


“Building an awareness is important, but taking action is essential,” said KCCSW Vice Chair Regina Carvalho. “Breast cancer affects us all – primarily in women and rare in men – but it does happen. Do your part, discuss this in your family, do monthly self-breast exams and yearly screenings. Early detection is key and may save a life.”


The KCCSW is part of the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, which strives to advance the status of women and girls by acting as a catalyst for positive change through advocacy, education, collaboration and program development.


For more information, visit their website at www.kauai.gov/kccsw or contact Sandra Muragin at the Office of Boards and Commissions at 241-4919 or via email smuragin@kauai.gov.

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