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Hawaii records 61 new coronavirus infections as statewide tally climbs to 17,393

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / NOV. 22
                                A man walks along the empty thoroughfare of Terminal 2 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Sunday. Starting today, trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaii, who can’t present a negative pre-arrivals test upon arrival, won’t be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine once their test arrives.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / NOV. 22

    A man walks along the empty thoroughfare of Terminal 2 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Sunday. Starting today, trans-Pacific travelers to Hawaii, who can’t present a negative pre-arrivals test upon arrival, won’t be able to bypass the 14-day quarantine once their test arrives.

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Hawaii health officials today reported 61 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 17,393 cases.

No new deaths were reported today as the state’s coronavirus-related death toll remains at 233.

The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 182 fatalities on Oahu, 32 on Hawaii island, 17 on Maui, and two Hawaii residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said Monday that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 49, however, state health officials have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in 17 of those deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 259,000 today as the nation has already surpassed 12 million cases.

Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 45 on Oahu, seven on the Big Island, four on Maui, four Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state, and one on Kauai, according to the Health Department. As a result of updated information, one previous infection case from Hawaii island was removed from the state’s tally.

The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The department’s daily COVID-19 count from Sundays is often lower than other days of the week due to reduced testing data from the weekend.

Department officials said today’s new case count came from 3,612 COVID-19 tests, for a 1.7% statewide positivity rate.

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Today’s total coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 14,918 on Oahu, 1,557 in Hawaii County, 499 on Maui, 106 on Lanai, 101 on Kauai, and 17 on Molokai. There are also 195 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,313 cases are currently considered active statewide. Health officials have replaced the “released from isolation” statistic, which had been used to calculate the number of active cases, with “cases in the past 14 days.” They said this new classification serves as a “proxy number for active cases” and is based on infections reported in the past 14 days. The total number of active cases fell by one today.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,268 have required hospitalizations, with seven 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 1,266 hospitalizations within the state, 1,118 have been on Oahu, 75 on the Big Island, 61 on Maui, six on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to the latest data from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 data dashboard, a total of 69 patients with COVID-19 were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Monday, with 17 in intensive care units and 13 on ventilators.

Oahu moved to the less-restrictive Tier 2 of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s four-tier economic recovery plan on Oct. 22. The mayor’s office says that to gauge whether Honolulu will move to a different tier, the city takes a “weekly assessment” of two key COVID-19 numbers each Wednesday. To move to Tier 3 from Tier 2, the 7-day average of new cases must be below 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the 7-day average positivity rate, or percentage of tests coming back positive, must be below 2.5% on those two Wednesdays.

Today’s seven-day average case count for Oahu is 78 and the positivity rate was 2.5%, according to Caldwell.


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


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