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Hawaii records 78 additional coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 15,231

  • JAMM AQUINO / OCT. 16
                                Beachgoers enjoy the ocean in Waikiki. The streets and sidewalks of the state’s top tourism district were less barren since the launch of the state’s pre-arrival testing plan.

    JAMM AQUINO / OCT. 16

    Beachgoers enjoy the ocean in Waikiki. The streets and sidewalks of the state’s top tourism district were less barren since the launch of the state’s pre-arrival testing plan.

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Hawaii health officials reported 78 new coronavirus infections statewide today, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 15,231 cases.

No additional deaths were reported today.

The Department of Health’s official state death toll remains 219, with 170 fatalities on Oahu, 31 on Hawaii island, 17 on Maui, and one Kauai resident who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency says that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 40, however, state health officials now have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in nine of those deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll is over 231,000 today. The number of confirmed infections in the United States also topped 9 million Friday with 47 states report rising cases counts.

Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 65 on Oahu, five Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state, four on the Big Island, two on Maui, one on Lanai, and one on Kauai.


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Today’s total coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 13,250 on Oahu, 1,304 in Hawaii County, 410 on Maui, 100 on Lanai, 66 on Kauai, and 17 on Molokai. There are also 84 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

As of today, 3,144 infections are considered active cases statewide, with a total of 11,868 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or 77.92% 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 44 new releases today.

Honolulu has seen 10,487 patients released from isolation, Hawaii County has had 920 releases, Maui has seen 363 patients released, and Lanai has seen 24 release cases. Kauai has six active infections, and Molokai has two, according to today’s Health Department breakdown.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii cases, 1,111 have required hospitalizations, with four 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 1,109 hospitalizations within the state, 983 have been on Oahu, 65 on the Big Island, 57 on Maui, two on Kauai, and one each on Lanai and Molokai.

According to the latest data, as of Oct. 30 from the Health Department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 58 patients with COVID-19 are in Hawaii hospitals, with eight in intensive care units and five 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 56 and the positivity rate was 2.3% for Oahu.


This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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