DOH raises alarms after at least 36 COVID cases linked to Kauai church – Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state Department of Health said a COVID cluster of at least 36 cases linked to a church on Kauai poses an “imminent health threat.”

Officials are urging the congregation of King’s Chapel in Nawiliwili to participate in virtual services and to avoid in-person church activities until the cluster is contained.

The state said anyone who attended the church’s Halloween “Trunk or Treat” event or youth group activities are encouraged to get tested for COVID.

DOH said COVID cases associated with King’s Chapel were identified as a cluster on Monday, with cases dating back to Oct. 31.

Health officials said the cluster has increased from 16 cases when first detected, to 36 COVID cases as of Friday. These infections include four secondary cases in household contacts.

Those infected range in age from those under 2 years old to over 60, officials said.

“Unfortunately, because the cluster was just identified this Monday and exposures have been going on for some time and over multiple days and multiple locations, we do expect that the size of this cluster will continue to grow as we continue our investigations and as more and more people are tested,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kauai District Health officer.

Meanwhile, the DOH said Kauai’s case counts are the highest per capita in the state and have risen over the last two weeks.

Officials urge people to wear masks indoors, social distance, avoid crowds and wash hands regularly. Anyone who feels sick or believes they are coming down with a cold should not go to work or school.

For more information on free COVID testing on Kauai, click here.

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