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Hawaii reports 35 new coronavirus infections, bringing state’s total to 26,889

                                Pedestrians wearing masks pass each other on South King Street on Saturday in downtown Honolulu.


    Pedestrians wearing masks pass each other on South King Street on Saturday in downtown Honolulu.


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 35 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 26,889 cases.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported today as the statewide death toll remains 426. The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 340 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 29 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll is more than 486,000 today and the nationwide infection tally is over 27.6 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Health Department include 25 on Oahu, seven on Maui, one on Molokai, and two residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said.

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

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 21,620 on Oahu, 2,216 in Hawaii County, 1,947 on Maui, 179 on Kauai, 108 on Lanai and 27 on Molokai. There are also 792 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. As a result of updated information, two cases from Oahu were removed from the state’s official counts, officials said today.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 895 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 54 today.

By island, Oahu has 647 active cases, Maui has 198, the Big Island has 45, Molokai and Lanai have two each, and Kauai has one, according to the state’s latest tally.

Health officials counted 4,273 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a .8% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,800 have required hospitalizations, with four new hospitalizations — three on Oahu and one on Maui — 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 1,796 hospitalizations within the state, 1,570 have been on Oahu, 113 on Maui, 100 on the Big Island, seven on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.

Health officials said that as of Feb. 7, 218,997 vaccines have been administered of the 288,050 received by the state. Of the administered vaccines, 201,553 were given to the general public and 17,444 were distributed through the federal pharmacy program, officials said. State officials release the verified updated vaccination numbers each Wednesday.

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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 38 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.2%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. The mayor announced Friday that Oahu will remain in Tier 2 through March 15 unless the county’s metrics fall below levels that would allow a move to another tier.

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

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