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Hawaii sees 3rd consecutive day of new coronavirus cases in the triple digits

  • JAMM AQUINO / JULY 30
                                A woman walks across Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. Though visitor arrivals continue at a steady pace despite the coronavirus pandemic and the 14-day mandatory quarantine, the predicted economic outlook still appears grim.

    JAMM AQUINO / JULY 30

    A woman walks across Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. Though visitor arrivals continue at a steady pace despite the coronavirus pandemic and the 14-day mandatory quarantine, the predicted economic outlook still appears grim.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today announced 123 new coronavirus-related cases, just one number shy of Thursday’s record high 124 new cases.

Hawaii Department of Health today reported 119 new cases on Oahu and four in Maui County, officials said. As a result of “updated information,” health officials removed one Oahu case from the tally. Today’s new cases include 105 adults and 18 children.

Health officials reminded everyone to remain vigilant as employees at Bank of Hawaii, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Kamehameha Schools tested positive for the virus today.

“Public health authorities continue to remind everyone to be kind and to act with care, as not only do we need to protect our kupuna, but everyone we love and cherish, including our keiki,” officials said this afternoon in a news release. “Please, each of us must act as if we have the virus and take responsibility for preventing its spread by physically distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands frequently.”

The statewide total number of infections since the start of the outbreak is now at 2,111.

Today’s statewide coronavirus case total includes 1,755 on Oahu, 171 in Maui County, 115 on Hawaii island, and 47 in Kauai County, according to health officials. The total also includes 23 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

As of today, 842 infections in Hawaii are active cases, with a total of 1,243 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or 58% of those infected. Seventeen new release cases were reported today. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation.

The state’s coronavirus death toll remains at 26: 19 on Oahu, six on Maui and one Kauai resident who died outside the state. The nationwide COVID-19 death count has surpassed 150,000.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases since the start of the outbreak, 179 have required hospitalizations, with two new hospitalizations on Oahu reported today, health officials said.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today there are currently 65 people hospitalized with 14 patients in the ICU and 10 patients on ventilators.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 177 hospitalizations within the state, 146 have been on Oahu, 26 on Maui, four on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai. By county, Honolulu has seen 960 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 126 patients released. Kauai County has three active infections, while Hawaii County has none.

Of the 123,251 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii, about 1.7% have been positive. Officials counted 1,883 new tests in today’s tally.

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