UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.
The four latest coronavirus-related deaths reported earlier today were all Oahu men, between the ages of 40 and 79 years old, with underlying health conditions, state officials said this afternoon. Three of the men died while in a hospital. No other information was released. The fatalities raised the official statewide virus death toll to 266.
Hawaii health officials today reported four additional coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 80 new infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 266 fatalities and 18,741 cases.
No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.
The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 203 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 is more than 288,000 today.
Today’s new infection cases in Hawaii include 45 on Oahu, 15 on Maui, 12 on the Big Island, one on Kauai, and seven Hawaii residents 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. Monday.
Health officials counted 3,852 COVID-19 new test results, for a 1.9% statewide positivity rate.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 15,924 on Oahu, 1,664 in Hawaii County, 633 on Maui, 121 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 22 on Molokai. There are also 271 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,179 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 28 today.
By island, Oahu had 918 active cases, Maui had 131, the Big Island had 106, Kauai had 19 and Molokai had five.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,346 have required hospitalizations, with 17 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 1,344 hospitalizations within the state, 1,183 have been on Oahu, 80 on the Big Island, 68 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 47 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Tuesday, with 16 in intensive care units and 11 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 72 and the positivity rate was 2.2%, according to Caldwell.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.