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Hawaii confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 442, up 7

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Nurse practitioner Chris Tomlinson prepares to perform a nasal swab on a motorist today at the public drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at the Waianae Boat Harbor. The free testing took place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and was provided by Dr. Scott Miscovich and his organization, Premier Medical Group Hawaii. Testing was available for those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Nurse practitioner Chris Tomlinson prepares to perform a nasal swab on a motorist today at the public drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at the Waianae Boat Harbor. The free testing took place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and was provided by Dr. Scott Miscovich and his organization, Premier Medical Group Hawaii. Testing was available for those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People stand in line for more than an hour at the Fabric Mart on Kalakaua Avenue Tuesday to buy fabric for do-it-youself face masks as Hawaii’s tally of coronavirus infections continue to grow.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    People stand in line for more than an hour at the Fabric Mart on Kalakaua Avenue Tuesday to buy fabric for do-it-youself face masks as Hawaii’s tally of coronavirus infections continue to grow.

Hawaii Department of Health officials said today that the state’s tally of coronavirus cases has risen to 442, up seven from Wednesday.

Today’s increase is the smallest in more than two weeks. The last single-digit increase was on March 25 when five new cases were reported.

Of all the confirmed cases in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, 42 have required hospitalizations, with no new cases reported today, health officials said.

The state’s coronavirus death toll stands at six, unchanged from Wednesday. Four of deaths have been on Oahu and two on Maui.

A total 251 patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak, with health officials reporting 138 additional people “released from isolation” as of noon today. The latest figures mean that well over half of the people who have been infected in Hawaii have recovered.

Today’s statewide total number of confirmed coronavirus infections includes 334 cases on Oahu, 57 in Maui County, 28 on Hawaii island, and 18 in Kauai County, according to health officials.

The statewide total also includes two Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

>> See photos from the drive-thru coronavirus testing site today in Waianae.

Three cases in the statewide total are pending identification of county, four fewer than Wednesday.

In all, state officials today reported six new cases on Oahu, two on Hawaii island, three in Maui County and no new cases on Kauai. Health officials say that the sum of changes by county is “larger than the number of statewide newly reported cases because of previously reported pending cases being reclassified to county totals as more information is collected.”

By county, Honolulu has seen 188 patients recover, Maui has had 31 recoveries, the Big Island has had 21, and Kauai has seen 11, as of noon today, the Health Department says.

Of the 42 hospitalizations in the state, 36 have been on Oahu, five on Maui and one on Kauai.

The state’s Joint COVID-19 Information Center said in a statement that of today’s 7 new cases, all are adults.

The center said that of the 16,070 coronavirus tests so far conducted by state and clinical laboratories in the islands, a total 440, or 2.7%, have been positive. (That number does not include the two Hawaii residents living outside the state who are also counted in Hawaii’s total of 442 cases.)

The latest statewide coronavirus cases tally includes at least 15 health care workers at Maui Memorial Medical Center, six crewmembers of the inter-island cruise ship Pride of America now in Honolulu Harbor, and two members of the Hawaii National Guard, all of which were disclosed Wednesday.

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