UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.
Another coronavirus-infected resident of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home has died, bringing the nursing home’s pandemic death toll to 27, the Hilo Medical Center reported today.
A total of 71 residents and 35 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in this outbreak, according to the medical center.
Of the residents who contracted the virus, 48 residents are veterans home, including seven who remain in the home’s COVID-designated area, one is hospitalized at the medical center, while 38 residents and 33 employees have recovered.
According to the medical center, the nursing home accounts for 27 of the Big Island’s 29 coronavirus-related deaths. The state Department of Health has verified only 15 Big Island coronavirus-related deaths so far.
Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 121 new infections statewide, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 136 deaths and 12,410 cases.
The fatalities include a man in the 20- to 29-year-old age group and a woman in the 70 to 79-year-old age group. Both had underlying conditions and had been in the hospital, according to health officials.
Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii at West Oahu said today that a student died Friday after contracting coronavirus. They did not disclose his age. The University of Hawaii also announced today that it was temporarily suspending all team-related activities at the school’s athletic complex after four football players tested positive for the virus.
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.
The state’s official death toll as of today is 136. In addition to the 15 Big Island deaths, the state’s official death toll includes 111 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 206,000 today.
Today’s new infection cases include 94 on Oahu, 26 on the Big Island, and one in Maui County, officials said. As a result of updated information, one case was removed from Oahu, one case was re-categorized from Oahu to out of state, and another was re-categorized from Oahu to Hawaii island.
Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak are 11,197 on Oahu, 730 in Hawaii County, 391 in Maui County, and 59 in Kauai County. There are also 33 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
As of today, 1,976 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 10,298 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or 82.98% 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 42 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 9,277 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 600 releases, Maui has seen 365 patients released. As of Tuesday, Kauai had two active infections.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 847 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 845 hospitalizations in the state, 747 have been on Oahu, 56 on Maui, 41 on Hawaii island, and one on Kauai.
Officials counted 2,049 new tests in today’s tally, with today’s 121 positive results representing 5.9% of the total tested.
Of the 298,463 coronavirus tests conducted so far by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the start of the outbreak, a total of 4.15% have been positive. Of the 56,257 total surge tests conducted recently on Oahu, 342, or less than 1%, were positive.