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Hawaii sees 28 new cases of coronavirus; health officials advise patrons of 2 Oahu bars to get tested

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                                Public health officials warn that people who patronized Brix & Bones at 1217 Hopaka St. between July 16 to 26 may have been exposed to the virus and should contact their physicians.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Public health officials warn that people who patronized Brix & Bones at 1217 Hopaka St. between July 16 to 26 may have been exposed to the virus and should contact their physicians.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Public health officials warn that people who patronized Arena 808 at 1020 Keeaumoku St. between July 16 to 26 may have been exposed to the virus and should contact their physicians.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Public health officials warn that people who patronized Arena 808 at 1020 Keeaumoku St. between July 16 to 26 may have been exposed to the virus and should contact their physicians.

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                                The City and County of Honolulu had a drive-thru testing site, March 29, at Kakaako Waterfront Park to check for COVID-19. Hawaii health officials reported 28 new daily COVID-19 cases, all on Oahu, and are searching for patrons who may have been exposed at two Honolulu bars.

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    The City and County of Honolulu had a drive-thru testing site, March 29, at Kakaako Waterfront Park to check for COVID-19. Hawaii health officials reported 28 new daily COVID-19 cases, all on Oahu, and are searching for patrons who may have been exposed at two Honolulu bars.

Hawaii health officials reported 28 new daily COVID-19 cases all on Oahu, bringing the statewide total number of infections since the start of the outbreak to 1,711. As a result of “updated information,” officials removed one Oahu case from the tally.

The number of new cases dropped todaybecause the Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division was closed Sunday due to Hurricane Douglas and private labs also did not conduct all of their coronavirus testing, the DOH said. Officials recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and 73 new cases on Saturday, which marked the third consecutive daily new record of coronavirus-related cases in the islands.

State Department of Health officials are searching for customers who may have been exposed to coronavirus at two Honolulu bars.

Public health officials warn that people who patronized Brix & Bones at 1217 Hopaka St. and Arena 808 at 1020 Keeaumoku St. between July 16 to 26 may have been exposed to the virus and should contact their physicians.

So far, the DOH has found five cases of COVID-19 associated with these establishments. As many as seven other positive cases are potentially linked with these clusters, the department said.

“Given the conditions associated with this cluster, we’re concerned there may be more persons exposed than are or can be identified through our investigations. In the interest of public health we’re asking anyone who was in either of these bars during the 10-day period to consult their healthcare provider to consider being tested for COVID-19,” State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said in a news release, adding that county rules weren’t being followed including the “inconsistent wearing of masks” and physical distancing.

Today’s statewide coronavirus case total includes 1,373 on Oahu, 153 in Maui County, 117 on Hawaii island, and 45 in Kauai County, according to health officials. The total also includes 23 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

The state’s coronavirus-related death toll remains 26; 19 on Oahu, six on Maui and one Kauai resident who died outside of the state.

As of today, 494 infections in Hawaii are active cases, with a total of 1,191 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or more than 70% of those infected. Twelve new release cases were reported today. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation.

The recent surge on Oahu has prompted Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino to urge Gov. David Ige to reinstate the 14-day mandatory quarantine for interisland travel, which ended on June 16.

“I am gravely concerned about the alarming rise in cases and our ability to continue our heightened response efforts,” Victorino wrote in a July 24 letter to Ige, adding that he is evaluating the suspension of medium and high-risk activities in Maui County. “Hawaii must act swiftly to mitigate the spread of this devastating disease.”

The DOH cautions the public to avoid gathering in large groups, especially without masks and physical distancing. Officials also found at least 36 cases involving a cluster associated with funeral events.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases since the start of the outbreak, 165 have required hospitalizations, with two new hospitalizations reported today, health officials said.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 165 hospitalizations within the state, 132 have been on Oahu, 26 on Maui, four on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.

By county, Honolulu has seen 912 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 26 patients released. Hawaii island has four active cases, while Kauai has two.

Health officials today reported 39 people who are currently hospitalized. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today seven patients are in ICU and four patients are on ventilators.

Of the 116,387 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii, just 1.4% have been positive.

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