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Health Department adjusts timing of daily coronavirus data; no report issued Sunday

The state Department of Health did not release its usual daily tally of coronavirus infections on Sunday as they change their schedule for making the data public.

Health officials said that starting Monday, they will change the release time back to noon.

Several weeks ago, the department switched the release time from noon to 3 p.m., but officials said they have decided to again “shift its data window this weekend.”

Daily updates will be available on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard at about noon.

The shift means that the data that would have been released Sunday will be included in Monday’s release.

“This additional time provides DOH and its partners a more sustainable data timeline and allows for greater accuracy in reporting COVID-19 statistics,” health officials said in a news release. “It also makes Hawaii’s data timeline more consistent with the timeline of other states, counties, and municipalities across the country.”

On Saturday, the department announced 108 new coronavirus infections statewide today, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 16,519 cases. The official state coronavirus-related death toll was unchanged at 222.

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