Hawaii health officials today reported 76 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 17,784 cases.
No new deaths were reported today as the state’s coronavirus-related death toll remains at 240.
The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 188 fatalities on Oahu, 32 on Hawaii island, 17 on Maui, one on Kauai, and two Hawaii residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said today 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 265,000 today as the nation recorded over 13 million cases.
Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 48 on Oahu, 17 on the Big Island, nine on Maui, one on Kauai, and one Hawaii resident diagnosed outside the state, according to the Health Department.
The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
Department officials counted 4,157 COVID-19 new test results, for a 1.8% statewide positivity rate.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 15,218 on Oahu, 1,519 in Hawaii County, 530 on Maui, 111 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 17 on Molokai. There are also 211 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,304 cases are considered active statewide. Health officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The total number of active cases fell by 28 today.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,287 have required hospitalizations, with no new hospitalization 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 1,285 hospitalizations within the state, 1,135 have been on Oahu, 77 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 60 patients with COVID-19 were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Friday, with 17 in intensive care units and 14 on ventilators.
Oahu moved to the less-restrictive Tier 2 of Honolulu 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 75 and the positivity rate was 2.4%, according to Caldwell, who tweeted today that Oahu is on the right track.
“Great job O`ahu!,” Caldwell said in a tweet. “This is something we can truly be thankful for during this Thanksgiving weekend. This is exactly where we want to remain for the next two weeks. We can do it if we stay the course, dig deep and work together for the common goal of an even healthier O`ahu.”
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.