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Hawaii sees 60 new coronavirus infections as the statewide tally climbs to 28,081

  • JAMM AQUINO / MARCH 9
                                VA pharmacy technician Wendy Joy, right, and chief of pharmacy Gloriann Watson prepare doses on Monday of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Cloudbreak Community Housing at Barbers Point in Kapolei.

    JAMM AQUINO / MARCH 9

    VA pharmacy technician Wendy Joy, right, and chief of pharmacy Gloriann Watson prepare doses on Monday of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Cloudbreak Community Housing at Barbers Point in Kapolei.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 60 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 28,081 cases.

State health officials reported no new coronavirus-related deaths as the statewide death toll remains at 448.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 356 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 35 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today was more than 530,000 and the nationwide infection tally is over 29 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases include 30 on Oahu, 18 on Maui, eight on Hawaii island, and four state residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, according to health officials. As a result of updated information, state health officials removed two Oahu cases from the counts.

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

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 22,202 on Oahu, 2,383 on Maui, 2,302 in Hawaii County, 186 on Kauai, 108 on Lanai and 27 on Molokai. There are also 873 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 665 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 increased by 12 today.

By island, Oahu has 346 active cases, Maui has 249, the Big Island has 66, and Kauai has four. Molokai and Lanai have no active cases.

Health officials counted 4,900 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.22% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.2%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,914 have required hospitalizations, with no new hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.

Eight hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1,906 hospitalizations within the state, 1,645 have been on Oahu, 146 on Maui, 101 on the Big Island, eight 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 27 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Wednesday morning, with five in intensive care units and two on ventilators.

The state’s Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said Wednesday that 425,749 vaccines have been administered of the 550,250 received by the state. About 18% of the general population in Hawaii has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of the vaccines received, about 52% of those ages 59 or younger and 48% of those over the age of 60 received at least one dose.

Of the administered vaccines, 401,632 were given to the general public and 24,117 were distributed through the federal pharmacy program, officials said.

Oahu moved into the less-restrictive Tier 3 of the city’s four-tier economic recovery plan on Feb. 25 after being in Tier 2 since Oct. 22. Tier 3 permits social and outdoor recreational gatherings of up to 10 people, and restaurants to seat 10 people at a table, up from five now. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi today announced modifications to Tier 3, including allowing bars to reopen under the same conditions as restaurants, and businesses may now serve alcohol until midnight.

Today’s seven-day average case count for Oahu is 26 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.0%, according to Blangiardi.


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


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