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Hawaii sees 5 new coronavirus cases as statewide total climbs to 744

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                                Hawaii Army National Guard Spc. James Falcon screens an interisland passenger at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Tuesday when interisland 14-day quarantine travel restrictions were lifted for passengers.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii Army National Guard Spc. James Falcon screens an interisland passenger at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Tuesday when interisland 14-day quarantine travel restrictions were lifted for passengers.

Hawaii recorded five new coronavirus cases today, as the statewide total infections since the start of the outbreak climb to 744, state Department of Health officials said in their daily midday count.

Today’s new cases include four adults on Oahu and one adult on the Big Island.

The two Oahu cases were identified from two separate households of previously confirmed cases, while another Oahu case was a resident from Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center which today reported a small outbreak.

One Oahu case was also removed from the statewide count “as a result of updated testing information,” officials said.

The state’s count of new COVID-19 cases so far in June has already doubled the total new cases recorded in May.

As of today, 88 infections in Hawaii are active cases with a total of 639 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation” since the start of the outbreak in February. Two new release cases on Oahu were reported today. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation.

About 86% of the Hawaii people who have been infected are now classified as released from isolation.

By county, Honolulu has seen 425 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 113 patients released. The Big Island has two active infections, while Kauai continues to have none and has not seen a new infection in over two months.

The state’s coronavirus death toll remains unchanged at 17. Eleven of the deaths have been on Oahu and six on Maui.

Today’s statewide coronavirus cases total includes 508 on Oahu, 120 in Maui County, 83 on Hawaii island, and 21 in Kauai County, according to health officials. The total also includes 12 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases since the start of the outbreak, 95 have required hospitalizations, with three new hospitalizations — two on Oahu and one on the Big Island — reported today, health officials said.

One hospitalization in the statewide count is a Hawaii resident who was diagnosed and treated outside the state, officials said. Of the 94 hospitalizations in the state, 69 have been on Oahu, 22 on Maui, and one for Kauai. Today’s reported hospitalization was only the second one for Hawaii island since the start of the outbreak in late February.

Of the more than 63,374 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii, about 1.2% have been positive. Health officials counted 1,131 new test results in today’s tally.

Hawaii has seen an upsurge in cases in June after a relatively mild May. So far this month, Hawaii has reported 96 new confirmed cases, compared with 45 for all of May.

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