Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19



Daily Update

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

To see previous daily updates, please visit the County of Kaua'i Facebook Page.

Joint Information Center Updates

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COVID-19 Flyers (Click the image to download or print)

   

      

    

Help prevent the spread of respiratory illness

The Hawaii Department of Health recommends the following to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19.  Keep in mind that supplies are limited and we need to make sure there are enough masks for our front-line health care workers.  If you are sick then wear a mask to protect the people around you.
  • Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.
  • If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week's supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.
  • Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.
  • Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures.  Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.

Current Closures

  • County-related postponements, cancelations, changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) can be found in the press releases below.
  • No cruise ships are arriving in April.  Many have extended their suspensions of sailings until mid-May.
  • Matson's statement regarding continuity of operations can be found here.
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Hawaii Department of Education - School facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal sites, details can be found here.

COVID-19 Press Releases


Thursday, April 2, 2020
KPD warns public to be aware of rising number of scams

LĪHU‘E – Due to recent alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department is urging residents and businesses to be aware of potential scams. Scammers are taking advantage of the current global COVID-19 crisis to steal money and personal information.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Public Works, Buildings Division

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works, Buildings Division, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Public access to Motor Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licensing Division sections to close through April 30

Effective through April 30, subject to extension as necessary, and pursuant to the Governor and Mayor’s stay-at-home orders, public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and Drivers’ License Division will be closed through April 30.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest Florida man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department arrested 62-year-old Dwight Anthony Tucker of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.


Monday, March 30, 2020
KPD answers FAQs regarding stay-at-home order

Kaua‘i police are asking the public to please consider the nature of their non-emergency calls before contacting dispatch at 241-1711.


Sunday, March 29, 2020
Refuse transfer stations for essential use only

County Officials would like to remind the public that  while County refuse transfer stations located in Hanalei, Kapa‘a, Līhu‘e, and Hanapēpē remain open during normal facility hours, use shall be limited to disposal of solid waste items resulting from essential activity, in observance of Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #5.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Kaua‘i learns of two new positive COVID-19 cases

LĪHU`E— On Friday, county officials were informed of two new positive COVID-19 test results, which brings the cumulative total to seven cases for Kaua‘i.


Friday, March 27, 2020
KPD continues to conduct checkpoints around island

The Kaua‘i Police Department initiated islandwide checkpoints on Thursday in an effort to help mitigate the proliferation of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i, and in accordance with the statewide emergency proclamation and county emergency rules.


Friday, March 27, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Public Works, Engineering Division

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 26, 2020
Kaua‘i police to conduct islandwide checkpoints

Beginning Thursday at 11 a.m., the Kaua‘i Police Department will be facilitating checkpoints at various locations around the island in response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
County encourages public to not flush wipes, paper towels

County officials would like to inform residents and businesses that wipes (including those labeled as “flushable”) and paper towels should not be flushed down the toilet.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
KPD Dispatch to screen calls for service

LĪHU‘E – Effective immediately, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kaua‘i Police Department dispatchers will be screening all incoming calls for service.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Mayor Kawakami signs Emergency Rule #5, implementing local guidance to Governor Ige’s Stay-at-Home Order

LĪHU`E— Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami announced Mayor’s Emergency Rule #5, which is “Kaua‘i’s Rules,” further implementing Governor David Ige’s statewide Stay-at-Home Order. This Rule goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, and will be in place until April 30. It may be amended or extended, if circumstances change.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Prince Kūhiō Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Thursday, March 26, along with all refuse transfer stations and the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Security deposits to be deferred at Koa’e Makana Workforce Housing in Kōloa

LĪHU‘E  –  Mark Development, with the support of Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, defers security deposits at Koa’e Makana Workforce Housing in Kōloa as the first 42 applicants selected their units.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Changes announced for vehicle licensing, safety check programs

The County of Kaua‘i is required  to follow the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division’s following changes to its vehicle licensing and safety check programs as part of the effort to reduce face-to-face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday, March 23, 2020
KPD closes walk-up window and firearms registration

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to practice the County of Kaua‘i’s social distancing messaging to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Kaua‘i Police Department is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its employees and community members.


Monday, March 23, 2020
Mayor Kawakami welcomes Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, will establish ‘local rules’ for Kaua‘i

LĪHU`E—Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami welcomes and fully supports Governor David Igeʻs statewide Stay-at-Home Order, and will establish additional "local rules" for Kaua`i residents as they are identified.


Monday, March 23, 2020
Department of Liquor postpones Liquor Control Commission meetings

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control is postponing its Liquor Control Commission meetings for April in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Monday, March 23, 2020
Public access to Motor Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licensing Division sections to close March 25 to April 3

Effective March 25 through April 3, and subject to extension as necessary, the County of Kaua‘i will be temporarily closing public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and the Drivers Licensing Division. The health and safety of our associates is our primary focus. This is also consistent with the County’s messaging on social distancing and meant to encourage people to stay at home.


Sunday, March 22, 2020
Mayor Kawakami to announce enhanced efforts to combat COVID-19

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, in consultation with Governor David Ige and the mayors of the other islands, expects to refine our county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak very shortly.


Sunday, March 22, 2020
All solid waste, recycling facilities remain open on Kaua‘i

County Officials are notifying the public that all solid waste and recycling facilities are fully operational at this time.


Sunday, March 22, 2020
Mayor's Emergency Rule 4

LĪHUʻE – Mayor Derek S. K Kawakami has signed Emergency Rule #4, requiring non-residents to obtain a day-usage permit for any County of Kaua‘i beach park.


Saturday, March 21, 2020
KPD thanks public for positive response to curfew

The Kaua‘i Police Department would like to thank the public for their overwhelmingly
positive response to the implementation of the curfew on Friday, and for voluntarily abiding by
the requirements of the curfew. There were no observed violations between 9 p.m. Friday and 5
a.m. Saturday. 


Saturday, March 21, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Parks and Recreation

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Wailua Golf Course in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Saturday, March 21, 2020
Mayor Kawakami supports Gov. Ige’s 14-day mandatory quarantine for the State of Hawai‘i

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami expressed his support for Governor David Igeʻs decision to enact a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from outside the state.


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Kaua‘i Bus

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Kaua‘i Bus service and administrative offices in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for offices within Pi‘ikoi Building at Līhu‘e Civic Center

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for offices within the Pi‘ikoi Building at the Līhu‘e Civic Center in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Human Resources

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Human Resources (HR) in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Agency on Elderly Affairs

Līhu‘e – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Agency on Elderly Affairs in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Office of Economic Development

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Office of Economic Development in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
DOW announces temporary customer service changes

LIHUE –During this time of awareness, protection and prevention against COVID-19, the Department of Water (DOW) will be implementing a temporary closure of its DOW offices and discontinuing all walk-in services, effective Friday, March 20, 2020.  DOW will continue to assist customers by phone, online, mail and email.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Wastewater Management Division

Līhu‘e – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works Wastewater Management Division in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Finance Department

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Finance Department in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces launch of “Kūpuna Kare of Farmer Fare” program and economic partnership with Kaua'i’s Sunshine Market vendors and Kaua'i Food Bank

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kauai announces the launch of the “Kūpuna Kare of Farmer Fare” program in an effort to deliver fresh Kaua'i grown produce directly to kūpuna. This effort pairs Kauai’s Sunshine Market vendors, the Kauai Food Bank, and the County’s Economic Development and Elderly Affairs offices. This program will acquire produce from our County Sunshine Market Farmers and distribute to our high risk kūpuna over the age of 70 throughout the island.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Housing Agency

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Housing Agency in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Nighttime curfew to go into effect starting Friday, March 20 in support of emergency efforts; Mayor’s tells visitors “Kaua‘i is on vacation”

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S.K Kawakami has implemented, via emergency rule, an islandwide nighttime curfew beginning Friday, March 20. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily until further notice. Every individual within the County of Kaua‘i must remain in their residence during these specified hours.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various County Agencies, Departments

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various county agencies and departments in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).+


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Finance Department announces further changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

LĪHU‘E – The Finance Department announces effective March 18, until further notice, the following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be implemented at the public-facing counters in the Kapule Building at the Līhu‘e Civic Center. 


Monday, March 16, 2020
County-related postponements, cancelations, changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) announced

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related postponements, cancelations, and changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 13, 2020
K-PAL and community relations activities postponed until further notice

The Kaua'i Police Department is announcing the postponement of all K-PAL and community relations events beginning this weekend until further notice, due to public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 13, 2020
Sunshine Markets to close until further notice starting March 16

The County of Kaua'i Office of Economic Development is announcing closures of all eight Sunshine Markets - starting Monday, March 16 until further notice - due to the public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Department of Parks and Recreation announces closure of various facilities; Mayor’s Track Meet on April 4 and 5 is canceled

The County of Kaua‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing closures of various county facilities and events – starting Monday, March 16, for a period of 60 days – due to the public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 6, 2020
Mayor Kawakami to deliver State of the County Address via video in lieu of public gathering

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami will deliver his second State of the County Address via video, which will be uploaded to the County of Kaua‘i website and Facebook page by noon on Friday, March 13.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Mayor signs emergency proclamation for COVID-19

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed an emergency proclamation on March 4, 2020, for the County of Kaua‘i, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Mayor’s proclamation was issued in coordination with the Governor’s Office and fellow counties.