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Hawaii sees 4 coronavirus-related deaths and 211 new cases; 5th resident of Hilo veterans home dies

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported four new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 211 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 79 fatalities and 9,202 cases.

The latest victims on Oahu all had underlying health conditions, health officials said. Two fatalities were a man and a woman older than 80 years old. The two other victims were Oahu men in their 60s and an Oahu woman in her 70s. No other details were provided.

Meanwhile, the Hilo Medical Center later this afternoon reported an additional death today at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, the fifth one this week as part of an outbreak there. DOH officials said they did not include Wednesday night’s and today’s fatailities at the Hilo veterans home in today’s COVID-19 tally due to a pending verification process. A total of 46 residents and 15 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Hilo Medical Center.

A total of 67 deaths have been on Oahu, eight on Maui, three on the Big Island, while one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland. The U.S. death toll is over 186,000 today.

The total new cases today included 190 on Oahu, 17 on Hawaii island and 4 in Maui County.

As of today, 6,345 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 2,778 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. Eighty-nine new release cases — 79 on Oahu, seven on Hawaii island and three in Maui County — were reported today.

Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak included 8,339 on Oahu, 435 in Hawaii County, 346 in Maui County, and 57 in Kauai County. There are also 25 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

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 to administer tests to 90,000 people over roughly three weeks. Surge testing on the H-3 freeway resumed today until 2 p.m. despite objections from the federal government. Go to doIneedacovid19test.com for more information.

>> RELATED: H-3 testing to proceed today despite federal objection

Officials counted 6,291 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 211 positive cases representing 3% of the total tested. Of the 213,722 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, a total of 4.3% have been positive. Of the 10,316 coronavirus surge tests conducted so far, less than 1% have been positive.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 573 have required hospitalizations, with 21 new hospitalizations — 20 on Oahu and one in Hawaii County — reported today, health officials said.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today there are now 552 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in Hawaii hospitals, with 51 of them in intensive care units and 31 on ventilators. He said that 152, or 62%, of the state’s 244 ICU beds, and 88, or 19%, of Hawaii’s 459 ventilators are now in use, by both coronavirus and non-virus patients.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 571 hospitalizations within the state, 508 have been on Oahu, 45 on Maui, 17 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.

By county, Honolulu has seen 2,322 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 205 releases, and Maui has seen 196 patients released. Kauai has one active infection, according to Health Department figures.

>> RELATED: Newly hired head of Hawaii’s contact tracing program asks for leave, cites chain-of-command issues at Health Department


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