comscore 2 new COVID-19 deaths and 87 new coronavirus infections in Hawaii | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

2 new COVID-19 deaths and 87 new coronavirus infections in Hawaii

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / SEPT. 27
                                Beachgoers hide under the shade of tents along the shores of Waikiki. Under the current Oahu mandate, pop-up canopies at city parks are only allowed by permit. Online applications for canopy permits are available at <a href="https://bit.ly/canopypermit" target="_blank">bit.ly/canopypermit</a>.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / SEPT. 27

    Beachgoers hide under the shade of tents along the shores of Waikiki. Under the current Oahu mandate, pop-up canopies at city parks are only allowed by permit. Online applications for canopy permits are available at bit.ly/canopypermit.

  • 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.

    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.

[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths and 87 new infections statewide, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 134 deaths and 12,290 cases.

The fatalities were a man in the 70- to 79-year-old age group with underlying health conditions and a woman in the 50- to 59-year-old age category with no known underlying health conditions. Both had been hospitalized, health officials said.

The Health Department has yet to officially count more than a dozen of the latest deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, which has been the site of a major COVID-19 cluster. Hilo Medical Center has reported that 26 of the Big Island’s 28 coronavirus-related deaths have been residents of the nursing home. The state has only verified coronavirus as a factor in 15 deaths from that island.

>> RELATED STORY: Hawaii family shares struggle dealing with Hilo veterans home

The state’s official death toll as of today is 134. In addition to the 15 Big Island deaths, the state’s official death toll includes 109 on Oahu, and nine on Maui, while one fatality was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland.

The U.S. death toll is more than 205,000 today.

Today’s new infection cases include 80 on Oahu, three on the Big Island, two in Maui County, and two cases diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said.

Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak are 11,106 on Oahu, 703 in Hawaii County, 390 in Maui County, and 59 in Kauai County. There are also 32 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

As of today, 1,900 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 10,256 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or 83% of those infected, according to the state’s official count. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for being released from isolation. Officials reported 41 new releases today.

On Saturday, health officials significantly decreased it’s count of active infections, saying, “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.”

By county, Honolulu has seen 9,239 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 598 releases, Maui has seen 363 patients released. Kauai has two active infections.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 832 have required hospitalizations, with 13 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 830 hospitalizations in the state, 733 have been on Oahu, 55 on Maui, 41 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.

According to state health figures today, there are 147 COVID-19 patients in general beds at Hawaii hospitals, 44 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units and 12 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Officials counted 1,550 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 87 positive results representing 5.6% of the total tested.

Of the 296,414 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. Today, Honolulu’s seven-day average case count rose above 100 for the first time in six days; the seven-day average case count remained under 5% for the sixth straight day.

Correction: Honolulu’s seven-day average new case count rose above 100 for the first time in six days today. An earlier version of this story had inaccurate information.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (59)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up