Still no change in tier status for Kauai, but rising COVID counts may alter that

Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 10:24 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai is now on track to reinstate Tier 3 restrictions this week, which would mean smaller crowd sizes, and a pause on organized sports, but that is if the county sticks to the tier rules.

The county knew they could see more cases rejoining the safe travels program, but says very few cases if any are travel related.

“Many of our current cases are children, and we know that most children are getting infected by other family or household members,” said Kauai Mayor, Derek Kawakami.

Department of Health officials say Rob’s Good Times Grill and Troy’s Bar are likely sources of exposure for several new cases with exposure happening between April 16th and 29th.

Tiffany Blackstad returned to working at Troy’s about a month ago. As a safety precaution, she said she has been getting tested every two weeks.

However, Blackstad thinks she tested positive because she let her guard down.

“Being more in contact with people, I should say physical contact with people as far as like hugging them,” said Blackstad. “And just being around people out of my household because I live alone, you know, being without my mask on and stuff.”

Kauai could roll back to a lower tier by the end of the week, but Kauai District Health Officer, Dr. Janet Berreman suggests looking at other alternatives.

“Are there other precautions that it makes sense to put in place as we consider moving into tier three because those tiers were designed before we had vaccines,” said Berreman.

If Kauai goes back a tier, indoor and outdoor social gatherings are capped at ten, restaurants can only serve parties of up to ten people and youth sports would be shutdown.

“So, I’m disappointed, the kids are disappointed, but I understand that you know, it’s the safety for their sake,” said Tyler Hashimoto, head coach of 10U Baseball. “So, I’m hoping that everything clears up and we can start again soon.”

The county hopes that people will again be cautious and slow the spread.

“So, for me, I’m definitely going to use my mask more even though I’m outdoors, you know, and whatnot,” said Blackstad.

Mayor Kawakami said he is aware a change in tiers is approaching.

He adds that their team is looking into what the next best steps are for the island and will let the public know once its determined.

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