Hawaii health officials today reported 114 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 23,627 cases.
No new deaths were recorded today, leaving the statewide death toll at 309.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 242 fatalities on Oahu, 45 on Hawaii island, 18 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three 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. Hawaii County has reported no coronavirus-related deaths in the last two weeks.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll was above 379,000 today with total coronavirus cases across the nation now topping 22.8 million.
Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 83 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, four on the Big Island and six state residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said.
The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Sunday.
Although state health officials did not report any new cases on Kauai today, the Kauai District Health Office announced one new case of an adult female who contracted coronavirus from traveling. There are now 19 active cases on Kauai, according to a news release from Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami’s office.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 19,389 on Oahu, 2,030 in Hawaii County, 1,331 on Maui, 167 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 25 on Molokai. There are also 579 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said today that of the state’s total infection count, 2,305 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 37 today.
By island, Oahu has 1,703 active cases, Maui has 420, the Big Island has 159 and Kauai has 23, according to the state’s latest tally. Lanai has no active COVID cases.
Health officials counted 2,252 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.6% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 3.3%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,561 have required hospitalizations, with one new hospitalization reported today by state health officials.
Four hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1,557 hospitalizations within the state, 1,372 have been on Oahu, 92 on the Big Island, 80 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 126 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of 8:30 a.m. today, with 26 in intensive care units and 22 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 138 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 4.2%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, who said Thursday that Oahu will remain at Tier 2.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.