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Hawaii reports 4 additional coronavirus deaths on Oahu and 110 new infections statewide

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                                Queen’s Medical Center nurse Linda Goss readies one of the first five doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to be administered on Tuesday the hospital on Punchbowl Street. Hawaii received the first shipment of 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, with thousands more on the way.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Queen’s Medical Center nurse Linda Goss readies one of the first five doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to be administered on Tuesday the hospital on Punchbowl Street. Hawaii received the first shipment of 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, with thousands more on the way.

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UPDATE 4:15 p.m.:

The four new Hawaii coronavirus-related deaths reported today included three men and a woman. All died on Oahu.

The woman was in her 80s, had underlying conditions and died in a hospital. The three men — one in his 30s, another in his 40s and the third on his 60s — also had been hospitalized with underlying conditions, state Health Department officials said this afternoon.

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Hawaii health officials today reported four new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 110 new infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 278 deaths and 19,590 cases.

No further information was immediately available from the state regarding the latest deaths.

The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 215 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 rose by one to 50 after a Big Island resident with the virus died on Oahu. It was immediately unclear if the Big Island resident was among the deaths reported today the Health Department, but the state’s death toll for Hawaii island remained unchanged today.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 306,000 today with infection cases since the start of the pandemic approaching 17 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 85 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, five on the Big Island, and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

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Health officials counted 3,662 COVID-19 new test results, for a 2.8% statewide positivity rate.

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 16,543 on Oahu, 1,748 in Hawaii County, 728 on Maui, 134 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 22 on Molokai. There are also 309 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,470 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 35 today.

By island, Oahu has 1,125 active cases, Maui has 179, Big Island has 142, Kauai has 20, and Molokai has four, according to the latest tally.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,382 have required hospitalizations, with eight new hospitalizations — six on Oahu and one each on Maui and Hawaii island — reported today by state health officials.

Three hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1,379 hospitalizations within the state, 1,215 have been on Oahu, 83 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 60 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Tuesday, with 19 in intensive care units and 18 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 89 and the positivity rate is 3.1%, according to Caldwell.

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