Hawaii health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 142 new infections statewide, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 280 deaths and 19,731 cases.
The two fatalities were men on Oahu who had underlying conditions and were hospitalized, officials said. One man was in his 40s and the other was in his 50s.
The official state Department of Health coronavirus-related death toll includes 216 fatalities on Oahu, 44 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 is now at 50. The state’s death toll for Hawaii island stood at 44. Health officials have yet to verify coronavirus as a factor in six Hawaii island deaths.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 309,000 today with infection cases over 17 million since the start of the pandemic.
Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 113 on Oahu, 16 on the Big Island, seven on Maui, five Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state and one on Kauai. As a result of updated information, one case from Hawaii island was removed from the counts, a Maui case was recategorized to Kauai, an Oahu case was recategorized to Hawaii island, and a Hawaii island case was recategorized to diagnosed outside the state, officials said.
The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
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Health officials counted 5,698 COVID-19 new test results, for a 2.49% statewide positivity rate.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 16,656 on Oahu, 1,763 in Hawaii County, 735 on Maui, 135 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai, and 22 on Molokai. There are also 314 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said that of the state’s total infection count, 1,468 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 two today.
By island, Oahu has 1,120 active cases, Maui has 173, Big Island has 153, Kauai has 18, and Molokai has 173, according to the latest tally.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,387 have required hospitalizations, with five new hospitalizations 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 1,384 hospitalizations within the state, 1,219 have been on Oahu, 83 on the Big Island, 69 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 53 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of noon Wednesday, with 14 in intensive care units and 10 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 93 and the positivity rate is 3.4%, according to Caldwell.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.