UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.
The Kauai District Health Office today announced two new cases of adults who contracted coronavirus from traveling. However, the Hawaii Department of Health reported no new coronavirus cases on Kauai today.
Kauai officials said close contacts are being identified and have directed those who are infected to quarantine.
There are now 21 active cases on Kauai, with 193 cumulative infections, Kauai officials said in a news release today. All active cases are in isolation, with one case hospitalized on Oahu. The state’s official tally for total coronavirus cases on Kauai remains at 157.
Hawaii State Department of Health officials today reported four new coronavirus-related deaths and 250 infections, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 307 fatalities and 23,143 cases. Hawaii on Thursday recorded a new record high of 322 confirmed cases statewide in the new year.
No further details were immediately available regarding the four latest deaths on Oahu nor the source of infections from today’s new cases.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 241 fatalities on Oahu, 45 on Hawaii island, 18 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 at 51, but state officials have not verified coronavirus as a factor in six of those fatalities.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll was above 369,000 today with total coronavirus cases across the nation now topping 21.9 million.
Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 159 on Oahu, 51 on Maui, 20 on the Big Island, and 20 state residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said. As a result of updated information, one case each on Maui and Oahu were removed from the counts.
The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Thursday.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 19,071 on Oahu, 1,994 in Hawaii County, 1,247 on Maui, 157 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 25 on Molokai. There are also 543 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said today that of the state’s total infection count, 2,068 cases were 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 increased by 118 today.
By island, Oahu has 1,543 active cases, Maui has 372, the Big Island has 135, and Kauai has 15, and Molokai has three, according to the state’s latest tally. Lanai has no active COVID cases.
Health officials counted 6,502 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 3.84% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 3.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,543 have required hospitalizations, with 12 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 1,540 hospitalizations within the state, 1,358 have been on Oahu, 91 on the Big Island, 78 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 129 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, with 24 in intensive care units and 20 on ventilators.
State health officials announced Thursday that they have started posting the total number of vaccinations administered statewide. As of Saturday, the department said 25,470 individuals have been vaccinated — including 17,991 in Honolulu County, 3,013 in Maui County, 2,526 in Hawaii County, and 1,940 in Kauai County. The vaccination numbers are updated weekly.
Oahu moved to the less-restrictive Tier 2 of Honolulu’s four-tier economic recovery plan on Oct. 22. 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 124 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 4.4%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi who said Thursday Oahu will remain at Tier 2.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.