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4 new COVID-19 deaths reported on 1st weekend of Oahu reopening, and 127 new cases statewide

  • GEORGE F. LEE / SEPT. 9
                                Pictured: A man walks along Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. Under Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Tier 1 guidelines that went into effect on Thursday, groups of five people are allowed in parks, beaches, fields, gardens, parking lots and outdoor play courts.

    GEORGE F. LEE / SEPT. 9

    Pictured: A man walks along Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. Under Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Tier 1 guidelines that went into effect on Thursday, groups of five people are allowed in parks, beaches, fields, gardens, parking lots and outdoor play courts.

  • TIM WRIGHT / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has been the site of a major cluster of coronavirus cases. The Hawaii Department of Health has yet to count the latest deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.

    TIM WRIGHT / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

    The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has been the site of a major cluster of coronavirus cases. The Hawaii Department of Health has yet to count the latest deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.

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On the first weekend of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s reopening plan, Oahu saw additional COVID-19 deaths and Hawaii recorded yet another triple-digit increase in new coronavirus cases statewide.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported four new COVID-19 deaths on Oahu and 127 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 131 fatalities and 12,018 cases.

No further details were immediately available about the latest deaths on Oahu. The Hawaii Department of Health has yet to count the latest deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, which has been the site of a major cluster of coronavirus cases. Hawaii government hospital administrators will take over the state-owned veterans care home on Hawaii island from private Utah-based operator Avalon Health Care.

The new infection cases in Hawaii today included 124 on Oahu, two in Hawaii County and one in Kauai County.

The state’s official death toll as of today includes 106 on Oahu, 15 on Hawaii island, and nine on Maui, while one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland.

The official statewide death toll is expected to climb significantly since the state Health Department has not yet verified the cause of death in most of the reported fatalities at the Hilo veterans home, which has a total of 26 fatalities. Hawaii County’s total COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic stand at 28, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

The U.S. death toll today surpassed 204,000. The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins University.

Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak are 10,848 on Oahu, 693 in Hawaii County, 388 in Maui County, and 59 in Kauai County. There are also 30 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

As of today, 1,761 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 10,126 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or nearly 84% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Officials reported 4,729 new releases today.

By county, Honolulu has seen 10,126 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 574 releases, Maui has seen 355 patients released.

The statewide total number of releases today saw a substantial jump from Friday’s total as state health officials reported an update to that category.

“The Department of Health has been focused on redesigning procedures to maximize effectiveness of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing including making a variety of changes to data systems allowing them to be more automated, and to improve timeliness of data entry and validation. Isolation release data completeness was the focus of recent efforts, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of COVID-19 cases currently reported as released from isolation, from 5,397 to 10126,” according to today’s DOH tally.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 802 have required hospitalizations, with 15 new hospitalizations reported today, health officials said.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 800 hospitalizations in the state, 707 have been on Oahu, 52 on Maui, 40 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said today that there are 48 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units and 31 on ventilators at Hawaii hospitals. According to state health figures today, 165, or 68%, of the state’s 244 ICU beds, and 95, or 21%, of Hawaii’s 459 ventilators are in use, by both coronavirus and non-virus patients.

Officials counted 1,690 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 127 positive results representing 7.5% of the total tested. Of the 291,657 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, a total of 4.1% have been positive. Of the 56,257 total surge tests conducted recently on Oahu, 342, or less than 1%, were positive.

Oahu’s seven-day average case count must stay below 100 and its positivity rate must be below 5% for 14 consecutive days to move to the next level of economic opening.

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