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Hawaii reports 2 new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 75 additional infections statewide

  • GEORGE F. LEE / JAN. 25
                                Beachgoers enjoy the sun, sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, which has seen the return of some tourists. According to a Hawaii Tourism Authority report released Friday, 9,411 people arrived in Hawaii from outside the state on Thursday. A total of 5,472 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation, while 925 were returning residents.

    GEORGE F. LEE / JAN. 25

    Beachgoers enjoy the sun, sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, which has seen the return of some tourists. According to a Hawaii Tourism Authority report released Friday, 9,411 people arrived in Hawaii from outside the state on Thursday. A total of 5,472 people indicated they came to Hawaii for vacation, while 925 were returning residents.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 75 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 418 fatalities and 26,468 cases.

No further information was immediately available about the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 335 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 26 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll was more than 463,000 today, and the total number of infections is approaching 27 million; both figures are by far the highest in the world.

Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 52 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, seven on the Big Island, and two residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said.

The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Friday.

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The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 21,241 on Oahu, 2,195 in Hawaii County, 1,863 on Maui, 179 on Kauai, 109 on Lanai and 25 on Molokai. There are also 756 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. As a result of updated information, one case on Maui was re-categorized to Oahu, health officials said today.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 1,247 cases were considered to be active. 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 decreased by 71 today.

By island, Oahu has 911 active cases, Maui has 258, the Big Island has 72, Kauai and Lanai have three each, according to the state’s latest tally. Molokai has no active COVID cases.

Health officials counted 4,696 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.5% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.8%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The number of coronavirus tests administered in Hawaii since the start of the pandemic surpassed 1 million as of today’s tally, totalling 1,002,019, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,749 have required hospitalizations, with four new hospitalizations — three on Oahu and one on the Big Island — 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 1,745 hospitalizations within the state, 1,529 have been on Oahu, 104 on Maui, 99 on the Big Island, 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 64 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday morning, with 17 in intensive care units and 13 on ventilators.

Health officials said that as of Jan.31, 157,018 vaccines have been administered of the 227,600 received by the state. The administered vaccinations by county are Honolulu, 105,500; Maui, 14,391; Hawaii, 15,035 and Kauai, 11,755. The total also included several thousand administered under the federal pharmacy program. State officials release the verified updated vaccination numbers each Wednesday.

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 60 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 2.4%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.


This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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