UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.
The 10 newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in Hawaii occurred more than two weeks ago, and were reported today as a result of updated information, state health officials said this afternoon.
The seven Hawaii island deaths were residents of a long-term care facility and died in October, officials said. Hawaii County had reported those deaths weeks ago, as well as another eight fatalities that the state Health Department have not yet verified as COVID-related.
The latest Big Island virus victims were four men and three woman, all with underlying conditions, and ranging in age from their 60s to over 80 years old, according to the department.
The three deaths on Oahu were all men with underlying conditions, one in his 30s, one in his 50s, and the third more than 80 years old, officials said.
Hawaii health officials today reported 10 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 106 new infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 256 fatalities and 18,290 cases.
Seven of the deaths were from Hawaii island and previously reported by the county, while three of the new deaths were from Oahu. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest fatalities.
The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 195 fatalities on Oahu, 41 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 Thursday that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remained 49; state health officials have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in eight of those deaths.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 278,000 today.
Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 73 on Oahu, 15 on Maui, 11 on the Big Island, three on Kauai, and four Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state, according to the Health Department. As a result of updated information, one case on Maui and another on Hawaii island were dropped from the counts, officials said.
The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 15,613 on Oahu, 1,623 in Hawaii County, 579 on Maui, 119 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 18 on Molokai. There are also 232 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,300 cases are considered to be active. Health officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state rose by 12 today. By island as of Wednesday, Oahu had 1,045 active cases, Maui and the Big Island each had 111, Kauai had 32 and Molokai had one.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,325 have required hospitalizations, with 10 new hospitalizations — seven on Oahu and one each on Hawaii island, Kauai and Maui — 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 1,323 hospitalizations within the state, 1,166 have been on Oahu, 80 on the Big Island, 64 on Maui, seven on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.
According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 data dashboard, a total of 51 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Thursday, with 14 in intensive care units and 12 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 63 and the positivity rate was 2.1%, according to Caldwell.
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