Hawaii health officials reported two coronavirus-related fatalities and 77 new COVID-19 infections statewide today, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 215 deaths and 14,911 cases.
Both of the latest deaths were adult male Oahu residents who had underlying conditions and had been hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health. One man was between 50 and 59-years-old and the other was older than 80.
The department’s official state death toll includes 168 fatalities on Oahu, 30 on Hawaii island, 16 on Maui, and one Kauai resident who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said today that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 40, however, state health officials now have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in 12 of those Big Island deaths.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll is over 228,000 today.
Today’s new infection cases include 60 on Oahu, two on Lanai, eight on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, and six Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state. As a result of updated information, one case from Maui was re-categorized to Lanai.
Today’s total coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 13,013 on Oahu, 1,246 in Hawaii County, 404 on Maui, 97 on Lanai, 64 on Kauai, and 17 on Molokai. There are also 70 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
As of today, 3,014 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 11,682 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or 78% 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 77 new releases today.
Health Department officials said they counted 4,854 tests in today’s count for a 1.6% statewide positivity rate.
Honolulu has seen 10,357 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 887 releases, Maui has seen 384 patients released, and Lanai has seen four release cases. Kauai has four active infections, and Molokai has one, according to today’s Health Department breakdown.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 1,090 have required hospitalizations, with nine 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 1,088 hospitalizations within the state, 963 have been on Oahu, 65 on the Big Island, 59 on Maui, and one each on Lanai, Molokai and Kauai.
According to the latest data from the Health Department, a total of 62 patients with COVID-19 are in Hawaii hospitals, with 15 in intensive care units and 8 on ventilators.
Oahu moved to the less-restrictive Tier 2 of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s four-tier economic recovery plan on Oct. 22, and must stay in that tier for four weeks. To move to Tier 3 no earlier than Nov. 19, Oahu must maintain a seven-day average case count of 49 or fewer cases, and a seven-day average positivity rate of 2.49% or lower for 14 consecutive days at the end of the four-week period. Today’s seven-day average case count is 50 and the positivity rate was 2% for Oahu.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.