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Kauaʻi currently has the highest COVID-19 case count per capita

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With an average of 16 positive cases a day, Kauaʻi currently has the highest case count per capita for COVID-19 in the state. The island has the highest test positivity rate of all counties at 3.2%, as of Monday.

The numbers significantly increased in the past two weeks.

A cluster of COVID-19 cases was found at the King’s Chapel in Nawiliwili. Sixteen cases from the chapel were first detected early last week. That number increased to 36 cases on Friday.

"Those infected range from under 2 years of age to over 60 years of age. This spread indicates transmission beyond the immediate King’s Chapel community," said Kauaʻi District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman.

"Anyone who attended a King’s Chapel function on or after Oct. 31 or believes they may have been exposed should get tested. Exposures occurred at church services, youth groups, and the Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Those who attended services or youth group activities are at higher risk than those who participated only in the drive-through Trunk or Treat event," Berreman said.

The state Department of Health advises anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to get tested. Testing sites can be found here.

There are currently 129 active cases and 11 hospitalizations on Kauaʻi.

The state reports 68% of Kauaʻi residents are fully vaccinated. Of the eligible population aged 5 and older, 72% are fully vaccinated.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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