Kauai District Health Office survey finds majority remain concerned about COVID-19
Posted on August 16, 2022 in COVID-19, Newsroom
LIHUE – The Kauai Department of Health (DOH) District Health Office released the preliminary report of its July Community Assessment of Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey to assess community perception of Kauai’s response efforts of COVID-19 and the current level of emergency preparedness.
“The results of this study show us that Kauai residents continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their daily lives and are taking steps to protect themselves with vaccinations and masking,” said Dr. Janet Bereman, Kauai District Health official, “It’s heartening that residents have the tools they need to protect themselves and that they have a positive perception of the local response.”
Sixty-nine percent of Kauai households remain very or somewhat concerned about their household members getting sick from COVID-19. This is unchanged from the level of anxiety reported in CASPER’s 2020 survey. The percentage of households where someone experienced emotional stress related to the pandemic rose slightly from 32% in 2020 to 36% in 2022 .Only 16% of those experiencing emotional distress sought behavioral health help.
The percentage of households that are very or somewhat concerned about their ability to pay next month’s rent or mortgage decreased from 34% in 2020 to 17% in 2022, and 72% reported that their income was stable or a little higher than they were before the pandemic.
Consistent with continued concerns about COVID-19 infection, 83% of Kauai households reported that they felt it was very or somewhat important to wear a mask indoors in places other than their home. Eighty-five percent of households reported that at least some or all household members were vaccinated.
With a goal of completing 210 household interviews, 176 interviews were completed for a completion rate of 83.8%.
Residents were asked to rate Kauai’s local response to the pandemic using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing “very bad” and five representing “very good.” The lowest score (3.85) is for case investigation and contact tracing. This measure also had the highest percentage of “don’t know” responses from those who had no direct experience with these features. Availability of testing, public information, and vaccine distribution and availability were rated 4.45, 4.44, and 4.42, respectively.
The final CASPER survey report will analyze trends in emergency preparedness among Kauai residents across the 5 CASPER surveys completed from 2017 to 2022.
“We greatly appreciate the participation of Kauai residents in this island-wide research effort, which allows the Kauai District Health Service to better respond to the needs of our community,” said Lauren Guest, Deputy District Health Officer, District Health Service on Kauai.
The CASPER survey methodology was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rapidly assess the health and other resource needs of a community after a disaster. Survey teams went door-to-door on Kauai July 26-30 to selected households in 30 census tracts. Survey teams consist of Department of Health officials with support from the Kauai Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross.
This was the fifth Department of Health CASPER survey conducted on Kaua’i. View the 2022 preliminary report and previous CASPER study reports at: https://health.hawaii.gov/kauai/
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