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Hawaii records 2 new coronavirus-related deaths and 91 new infections statewide

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                                Travelers keep their smartphones out with a QR code as they wait in line to be screened after arriving on trans-Pacific flights at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Thursday, the first day of Hawaii’s pre-travel coronavirus testing program.

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    Travelers keep their smartphones out with a QR code as they wait in line to be screened after arriving on trans-Pacific flights at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Thursday, the first day of Hawaii’s pre-travel coronavirus testing program.

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UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

State health officials said the two coronavirus-related deaths reported today were Oahu residents who both had underlying health conditions. A man between 70 and 79 years old died at the hospital, and a woman over the age of 80 died at home, officials said. No further details were released.

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Hawaii health officials reported two new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 91 new infections statewide today, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 189 deaths and 14,156 cases, health officials said today.

No further details about the latest fatalities were immediately released.

The Health Department’s official state death toll includes 152 fatalities on Oahu, 18 on Hawaii island, 18 on Maui, and one Kauai resident who died on the mainland. Hilo County officials have said that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 40, however state health officials have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in more than 20 of those Big Island deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll is over 220,000 today.

As of today, 2,817 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 11,150 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 79% 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 72 new releases today.

Today’s new infection cases include 61 on Oahu, 24 on Hawaii island, and two on Maui, and four Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside the state. As the result of updated information, three Honolulu cases were removed from the state’s counts, health officials said.

Health Department officials said they counted 3,681 tests in today’s count for a 2.5% statewide positivity rate.

Today’s total coronavirus cases by county since the start of the outbreak are 12,552 on Oahu, 1,083 in Hawaii County, 413 in Maui County and 60 in Kauai County. There are also 48 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

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By county, Honolulu has seen 9,919 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 796 releases, Maui has seen 377 patients released. Kauai has one active case.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 1,025 have required hospitalizations, with 13 new hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.

Two hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1,023 hospitalizations within the state, 906 have been on Oahu, 58 on the Big Island, 58 on Maui, and one on Kauai.

Oahu’s seven-day average case count must stay below 100 and its seven-day average positivity rate must be below 5% for 14 consecutive days to move to the next level of economic opening on Oct. 22. Oahu’s seven-day average case count was 66 today, the 21st straight day below 100, while the seven-day average positivity rate was 2.9%, the 27th straight day below 5%, according to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the health department.

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