The Kaua‘i District Health Office Wednesday reported a new positive case of COVID-19. The case is an adult female visitor, who was placed in isolation after reporting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and testing positive for the virus. She had previously tested negative as part of the state’s pre-travel testing program and had also tested negative in a voluntary post-travel test. There are currently three positive cases in isolation on Kaua‘i, and 11 identified contacts of those cases who remain in the Department of Health-required quarantine.
Kaua’i police have arrested 14 individuals for violating Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine emergency rules pertaining to COVID-19 since the reopening of travel under the Safe Travels platform, which launched October 15. The quarantine requires that all travelers stay in an approved accommodation for 14 days if they do not provide appropriate, state-approved, negative COVID-19 test results from within 72 hours of their departure flight to Kaua’i. For some of the individuals, this was not their first violation of the order. All but one of these individuals have been released on bail
Gov. David Ige has signed a fourth emergency proclamation for the County of Kaua‘i, which suffered extensive damage to public property caused by heavy rains and flooding on March 27 and 28 this year. The County of Kaua‘i continues repair work. The emergency declaration aims to provide relief for disaster damage, losses and suffering. It also implements emergency-management functions as allowed by law and authorizes the expenditure of state funds.
Five leaders of competing airlines participated recentlyin a Zoom webinar, “Impacts and Forecasts of the Airline Industry,” to discuss various logistics of trans-Pacific travel . During the 90-minute webinar, panelists discussed the economic hardship and several logistical changes the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. officials saying Overall, in the industry, domestic aviation and traffic remains down 70%. We project to have a slower recovery than Sept. 11, 2001, when we saw a 30% decline in air travelers.
The Kaua‘i District Health Office opened the free post-travel test site for residents returning from the Mainland yesterday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall where quick results could be obtained within 20 minutes from its on-site laboratory.
A similar test site for visitors opened at the American Medical Response office in Lihu‘e, several days into the state’s loosening the travel requirements for visitors to the Islands.
The Kaua‘i Destination Management Action Plan Community is hosting a virtual meeting for residents living in the south and west portions of Kaua‘i at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and residents residing in north and east Kaua‘i at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. This meetings will be hosted by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. The deadline to RSVP for both meetings is Tuesday, Oct. 20.
For more than 20 years, the YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence, one week when YWCAs across the country join with YWCAs around the world as part of a global movement to raise awareness to end violence against women and girls. This year, Week Without Violence starts today and runs through Saturday, Oct. 24.
The Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association is within a week of tentatively releasing a spring sports schedule, according to HHSAA Executive Director Christoper Chun who said the HHSAA will prioritize the spring sports and make sure the spring sports don’t miss a second consecutive season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 780 HMSHost airport workers were laid off permanently after being furloughed in March in Hawai‘i, on the same day trans-Pacific travel reopened, including 60 workers at Lihu‘e Airport, on Oct. 15. Cecilia Gipolan said, a cook who had worked at the Mea Inu Bar &Grill in Lihu’e Airport, said, “this adds more stress to any already stressful situation.”
The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 28-year-old Dylan Crowell as he is a suspect in an alleged assault case. Kaua‘i police responded on Thursday around 6 a.m. to a report of a man who had received non-life threatening injuries due to an alleged assault that occurred in Waimea. The suspect is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. Anyone with information call KPD Dispatch at 241-1711 or Crimestoppers.