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County of Kaua'i News Release:

The Kaua‘i District Health Office reports a new positive case of COVID-19 on Thursday.


Kaua‘i’s newest case is an adult male resident who recently returned home from travel. The man did participate in the state’s pre-travel testing program with a negative test result, but a post-travel test ordered by his provider came back positive.

The case is in isolation at home.


The Department of Health's contact tracing investigation has identified several close contacts, all of whom are in quarantine and will be offered a test.


Additionally, the Department of Health reported a COVID case earlier this week which involved a female resident who works for the Department of Education. Upon further investigation and subsequent testing of this individual, the Department of Health has determined that this case was a false positive. This individual is no longer considered an active case and all close contacts of that individual have been released from quarantine.

“There are varying sensitivities of COVID tests, but even the best tests are not 100% accurate,” said Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman. “This is why our case investigation is critically important. We determine a patient’s medical information, exposure and travel history to get a comprehensive assessment. In this case, the test results did not match the assessment. The individual was re-tested twice, using a PCR test on a nasopharyngeal swab, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ of tests. Both results returned negative and we are confident that her initial test was a false positive and she did not have COVID-19.”


Kaua‘i’s current status as of Thursday morning is three active cases involving two residents and one visitor. All cases are travel related. The DOH has identified 11 close contacts of these cases who are now in quarantine. Kaua‘i’s cumulative case count is 63 and one probable case.


Post-travel testing is available to both residents and visitors who traveled to Kaua‘i from the mainland and participated in the state's Safe Travel Program. Testing is available no sooner than 72 hours after arrival and up to 14 days, but the preferable time is five to seven days after arrival for best results. Many travelers are not on island that long and in those cases, a test three days after arrival is encouraged.


“Kaua‘i’s recent cases remind us that this is a complicated disease and there is still a lot we don’t know,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “What we do know is that the best way to avoid getting infected is to wear our mask, keep our distance from others, wash our hands, and avoid large gatherings. If you must travel, please consider a full 14-day quarantine upon your return home. If that’s not possible, take a pre- and post-travel test.”


For more information on the post-travel testing program, visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19. For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state's Safe Travels program, visit www.hawaiicovid19.com

More than 700 participants have taken COVID-19 tests as part of the County of Maui’s free voluntary testing programs, which started Oct. 17.

So far, only one case has been confirmed out of the tests administered. The test is offered for residents and visitors traveling into Maui County.


“This is a free and easy way for our residents and visitors to help keep themselves and our community safe and healthy,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Results will be available within an hour. This is a small investment of time to ensure that everyone arrives healthy, stays healthy and returns home healthy.”


Visitors must have taken a pre-departure test to be eligible for the free post-arrival test. Visitors should take the second test 72 hours or later after they arrive into Maui County.

Participants must pre-register for the voluntary tests at www.MinitMed.com. If you have any problems pre-registering, please call (808) 667-6161, ext. 7.


“We thank Minit Medical for partnering with us for this program and supporting our efforts to keep Maui County healthy,” Mayor Victorino said.


Testing Site Locations

Please DO NOT enter the clinics. This testing is at the community sites ONLY, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (808) 667-6161 or visit www.MinitMed.com to set an appointment at one of the following community sites:

  • Lahaina/West Maui – 305 Keawe Street (parking lot by highway); open every Monday and Thursday in October and November.

  • Kihei/Wailea – 1280 South Kihei Road (behind Ace Hardware); open every Tuesday and Friday in October and November.

  • Kahului – 348 Lehuakona Street (behind Maui Marketplace); open every Wednesday and Saturday in October and November.

Mobile Testing Unit

Visitors should check with participating hotels regarding the dates and times the Mobile Unit will be arriving. Please book your test during the designated time frame. Test results are expected to be produced within an hour.


NOTE: All travelers are reminded to follow all County Public Health Emergency Rules, including wearing masks in public, keeping 6-feet away from others and avoiding large gatherings.


For more information about COVID-19 in Maui County, visit www.MauiCounty.gov or www.MauiNuiStrong.net.


Federal Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 15

for Health Insurance Coverage to Begin January 2021


The Med-QUEST Division of the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services is sharing an important deadline - residents who need affordable health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid coverage have 45 days to enroll in an affordable health plan through the health insurance marketplace, the federal website called HealthCare.org. The open enrollment period is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 for health coverage that begins January 2021. Applicants are able to create an account at www.healthcare.gov to determine their eligibility for coverage for health plans and subsidies that help make the plans more affordable.


The following chart provides income guidelines to applicants to determine if they are qualified for federally subsidized health insurance from the federal marketplace at www.healthcare.gov

In addition to the website, interested applicants can apply over the phone by calling

1-800-318-2596.

If you have health coverage through the marketplace now, you may review and update your application at HealthCare.gov and report any life changes.

To speak with an interpreter, applicants may call 1-800-318-2596 and say “Agent” or press “0.” Once an agent is on the line, say the name of the language you need. TTY users may call 1-855-889-4325.

In Hawai‘i, the Med-QUEST Division of the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services assists with community outreach and education for the federal marketplace, which manages eligibility and enrollment functions.



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