Hawaii Department of Health officials late this afternoon reported the deaths of two elderly Oahu men, who will be counted as coronavirus-related fatalities in Wednesday’s COVID-19 tally. No further details were given.
Health officials counted 118 new coronavirus cases, marking another triple-digit increase as the statewide tally since the start of the pandemic climbed to 3,756. The declining number of cases are a result of a decrease in the number of tests, officials said this afternoon.
Of the 147,507 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, about 2.5% have been positive. Officials said they counted 1,671 new tests in today’s tally.
“This is the lowest daily triple-digit case count, but it is unclear as to whether this was a result of a decrease in the number of tests. However, the percent of positivity over the past week remains relatively unchanged at 5.8%,” according to health officials in a statement released at 3:13 p.m.
Today’s new COVID-19 cases include 112 on Oahu, two on Hawaii island, and four in Maui County, according health officials. As a result of updated information, state officials removed one case from Oahu and recategorized another Oahu case to Hawaii island.
The recent surge of cases on Oahu prompted the closure of city parks and beaches, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Monday afternoon shut down Honolulu Hale following an outbreak there.
Meanwhile, Oahu Transit Services, Inc. today reported a driver of TheBus tested positive for the virus, while the Hawaii State Teachers Association confirmed individual cases at several public schools statewide.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today called for a change in leadership at the Hawaii Department of Health, which has recently come under fire for its contact tracing capacity. Star-Advertiser reported Monday the department has only hired 20 contact tracers, but it’s increasingly getting pressure to expand. Lt. Gov. Josh Green told the Star-Advertiser the state needs hundreds more contact tracers.
Hawaii’s coronavirus case total includes 3,361 on Oahu, 190 in Maui County, 133 on Hawaii island, and 49 in Kauai County, according to health officials. The total also includes 23 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
As of today, 2,095 infections in Hawaii are known to be active cases, with a total of 1,627 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 43% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Forty-one new release cases — 37 on Oahu and four in Maui County — were reported today.
The state’s coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 36 with the addition of the two Oahu deaths to be recorded in Wednesday’s tally. One death, involving a Pearl City Nursing Home patient, was removed from the count last week and there have been no reported deaths at nursing homes to date, officials said Monday. Twenty seven of the coronavirus-related deaths have been on Oahu, six on Maui, and one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland. Over 164,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus thus far.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 251 have required hospitalizations, with nine new hospitalizations — eight on Oahu and and one on Hawaii island — reported today, health officials said.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today 166 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, with 31 in intensive care units and 23 on ventilators.
Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 249 hospitalizations within the state, 217 have been on Oahu, 26 on Maui, five on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.
By county, Honolulu has seen 1,311 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 153 patients released. Hawaii County has 16 active infections, while Kauai has three, according to Health Department figures.