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Hawaii sees 3 coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 169 new cases statewide

                                A nearly empty beachfront is seen near the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon at Ala Moana Bowls. Oahu beaches reopened today for solo activities such as walking, sitting and eating alone at the beach.
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A nearly empty beachfront is seen near the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon at Ala Moana Bowls. Oahu beaches reopened today for solo activities such as walking, sitting and eating alone at the beach.

UPDATED: 3:42 p.m.

Hawaii Department of Health officials said the latest three coronavirus-related deaths were Oahu residents with underlying health conditions.

One man was between 70 and 79 years old, and another man and woman were between 50 and 59 years old.

Oahu’s stay-at-home, work-from-home order was implemented Aug. 27, aimed at curbing the increase in daily new coronavirus cases. Oahu parks, beaches and hiking trails reopened today, but only for solo activities.

Health Director Bruce Anderson, who retires Sept. 15, said the recent decline in daily new cases statewide indicate the measures to curb COVID-19 are working. The seven-day positive case rate is at 3.3%, health officials said.

“This didn’t happen by accident or wishful thinking; it has been a collaborative effort. There is evidence the initiatives of the health department in partnership with other organizations such as the Hawai‘i National Guard and the University of Hawai‘i and the diligence of those in the community to wear their face masks and practice physical distancing are all working to decrease the number of cases in our state,” Anderson said in a news release. “We are all doing our part to decrease disease transmission and flatten the curve.”


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported three more coronavirus-related deaths and 169 new infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the beginning of the pandemic to 94 fatalities and 10,292 COVID-19 cases.

No further information was immediately provided about the latest deaths on Oahu.

A total of 81 deaths have been on Oahu, nine on Maui, three on the Big Island, while one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland, according to state health officials.

State health officials have yet to count several of the latest Big Island deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in department’s fatality count due to a pending verification process. Hawaii County Civil Defense said Wednesday that a total of 10 people with COVID-19 on the Big Island have died, all of them at the veterans home.

The U.S. death toll is over 191,000 today.

The total new cases today included 158 on Oahu, eight on Hawaii island and three in Maui County.

As of today, 7,022 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 3,176 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 31% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Fifty-six new release cases — 36 on Oahu, 15 in Hawaii County and five in Maui County — were reported today.

Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak included 9,304 on Oahu, 541 in Hawaii County, 363 in Maui County, and 58 in Kauai County. There are also 26 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. Go to doIneedacovid19test.com for more information.

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Officials counted 7,211 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 169 positive cases representing 2.3% of the total tested. Of the 246,483 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 the 33,982 coronavirus surge tests so far, less than 1% have been positive.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 610 have required hospitalizations, with six new hospitalizations — four on Oahu and two in Hawaii County — reported today, health officials said.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 608 hospitalizations within the state, 537 have been on Oahu, 47 on Maui, 23 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.

By county, Honolulu has seen 2,649 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 252 releases, Maui has seen 218 patients released. Kauai has no active cases as of today, according to the Health Department.

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