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Voter Registration Deadline

The Hawai’i Primary election is on August 8th, and those who wish to register to vote in the primary have until next Thursday, July 9th, to register. Voters must be US citizens, Hawai’i residents, and at least 18 years old. Registered voters will automatically receive ballots in the mail starting July 21st.

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KPD Officer Arrested

A Kaua’i Police Department officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon for alleged abuse of a family or household member while on duty. Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to a report of an incident that occurred at a Lihu‘e residence which left a 29-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries. A preliminary investigation resulted in the arrest of 51-year-old Barry DeBlake. He was released after posting bail and is now on administrative leave.

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No New COVID-19 Cases

Mayor Kawakami announced yesterday that some of the active cases of COVID 19 have now been released from isolation. There are now 9 active cases of the virus on the island with the cummulative total still at 38. No new cases of coronavirus were announced on Thursday.

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Proposal for Kaua’i Tourist Entry

A proposal is being considered by a committee of doctors and community leaders to ask the governor to test a tourist-entry system for visitors to Kaua’i. The plan would require visitors to the island to be tested for COVID 19 before they head to the island and again upon arrival with a five- or six-day quarantine in between.

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Governor Ige’s Capitol Connection Newsletter

In Governor Ige’s Capitol Connection newsletter for July the governor confirmed that beginning August 1st, a pre-travel option will be available for visitors to Hawai’i from out of state. Travelers can get a COVID 19 PCR test prior to their arrival to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

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Road Tests Resume Monday

Beginning Monday, the Drivers Licensing Division will resume driver road testing. Appointments for road tests can only be made by calling the division at 241-4242. There will be multiple safety protocols in place, including masks required for all passengers in the vehicle, and all windows will need to rolled down.

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New Kaua’i Fire Department Chief

Chief of the Kaua‘i Fire Department Steven R. Goble assumed command of the Kaua‘i Fire Department on Wednesday in a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Lihu‘e Civic Center. The new chief said he was humbled and thankful for the opportunity to serve the island. Goble served as fire chief of the Henderson, Nevada Fire Department for more than 25 years.

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17 Active Cases of COVID-19

A new active case of COVID 19 on Kaua’i was reported yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases to 17, and the cummulative number to 38. District health officials say the current cluster is associated with large gatherings. All active cases remain in isolation.

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