At the start of August, the state’s coronavirus-related death toll stood at 26, but after four weeks of triple-digit increases in daily new cases, Hawaii is ending the month with a total of 70 fatalities.
Hawaii Department of Health officials today recorded seven new coronavirus-related deaths — including two Hilo deaths reported Sunday night — and 133 new cases, bringing the statewide totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 70 fatalities and 8,472 cases.
Five new COVID-19 deaths were Oahu residents and two Hawaii island deaths were reported Sunday night by the Hilo Medical Center. The Oahu victims — men between the ages of 60 and over 80, and a woman in the 60 to 69-year-old age group — had underlying health conditions before they were hospitalized. Big Isle’s first two coronavirus-related deaths, both men over the age of 80, were tied to an outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.
A total of 59 Hawaii deaths have been on Oahu, eight on Maui, two on the Big Island, while one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland. The U.S. death toll is over 183,000 today.
Health officials today reported 107 new cases today on Oahu, 24 on Hawaii island, one in Maui County and one resident diagnosed outside of the state.
Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak included 7,691 on Oahu, 364 in Hawaii County, 335 in Maui County, and 57 in Kauai County. Health officials also reported one new case of a Hawaii resident diagnosed outside of the state, bringing the total for that category to 25 out-of-state residents.
As of today, 5,824 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 2,578 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 30% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Fifty-eight new release cases were reported today.
Hawaii’s run of triple-digit increases in daily new COVID-19 cases in August prompted state, city and federal government to partner in a free surge testing program on Oahu with plans to administer tests to 5,000 people each day for two weeks. Go to doIneedacovid19test.com for more information.
Officials counted 1,463 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 133 positive cases representing 9% of the total tested. Of the 198,182 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, a total of 4.2% have been positive.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 508 have required hospitalizations, with three new hospitalizations reported today, health officials said.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today there are now 297 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in Hawaii hospitals.
Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 506 hospitalizations within the state, 448 have been on Oahu, 44 on Maui, 13 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.
By county, Honolulu has seen 2,149 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 191 patients released. Hawaii County has 179 active infections, while Kauai has one, according to Health Department figures.
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