Hawaii health officials reported 284 new coronavirus cases today, yet another triple-digit increase that raises the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to 4,825.
Today’s new COVID-19 cases include 273 on Oahu, seven in Maui County, three on Hawaii island and one on Kauai, according to the state Department of Health’s noon tally.
Officials said two previous cases on Hawaii island were removed from the statewide total due to “updated information.”
The statewide death toll since the start of the outbreak is now 40. Thirty-three deaths have been on Oahu, six on Maui, and one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland. The U.S. death toll reached over 169,000 today.
Today’s statewide coronavirus case total includes 4,390 on Oahu, 213 in Maui County, 145 on Hawaii island, and 54 in Kauai County, according to health officials. The total also includes 23 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
As of today, 2,977 infections in Hawaii are known to be active cases, with a total of 1,808 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 37% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Fifty-two new release cases — 47 on Oahu, three on Hawaii island and two in Maui County — were reported today.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 279 have required hospitalizations, with two new hospitalizations — one each on Oahu and Maui — reported today, health officials said.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today that there are 143 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 35 patients in intensive care units and 25 on ventilators.
Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 277 hospitalizations within the state, 243 have been on Oahu, 28 on Maui, five on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.
Officials counted 3,033 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 284 positive cases representing about 9.4% of the total tested. Of the 159,299 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, nearly 3% have been positive.
By county, Honolulu has seen 1,478 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 159 patients released. Hawaii County has 20 active infections, while Kauai has eight, according to Health Department figures.
Hawaii’s daily new-case count hit triple digits for the first time in late July, and has remained there for most of August. On Thursday, the daily count reached a record 355, which included clusters at Oahu Community Correctional Center and the Institute for Human Services’ men’s homeless shelter in Iwilei.
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