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Hawaii reports another coronavirus-related death on Oahu and 105 new infections statewide

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                                Kahu Malama nurse Janice Pedro gives instructions on self-administering a COVID-19 test during the final day of the city’s COVID-19 surge testing at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Nov. 30.

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    Kahu Malama nurse Janice Pedro gives instructions on self-administering a COVID-19 test during the final day of the city’s COVID-19 surge testing at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Nov. 30.

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Hawaii health officials today reported an additional coronavirus-related death on Oahu and 105 new infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 262 fatalities and 18,527 cases.

No further information was immediately available regarding the latest death.

The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 199 fatalities on Oahu, 43 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 remained 49; state health officials have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in six of those deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 282,000 today.

Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 87 on Oahu, six on Maui, five on the Big Island, and seven Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state, according to the Health Department. As a result of updated information, one infection case from Hawaii island was dropped from the state’s counts, officials said.

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

Health officials counted 6,589 COVID-19 new test results, for a 1.6% statewide positivity rate.

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 15,782 on Oahu, 1,640 in Hawaii County, 600 on Maui, 119 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 19 on Molokai. There are also 261 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,235 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 fell by 23 today.

By island, Oahu had 994 active cases, Maui had 117, the Big Island had 100, Kauai had 22 and Molokai had two.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,328 have required hospitalizations, with two new hospitalizations on Oahu 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 1,326 hospitalizations within the state, 1,167 have been on Oahu, 43 on the Big Island, 66 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 57 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Friday, with 14 in intensive care units and 17 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 must be below 2.5% on those two Wednesdays.

Today’s seven-day average case count for Oahu is 74 and the positivity rate was 2.4%, according to Caldwell.

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