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Hawaii sees one new coronavirus-related death and 99 new COVID-19 infections

                                People wearing masks walk from the Pier 2 COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday.


    People wearing masks walk from the Pier 2 COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday.


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 99 infections, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 452 fatalities and 28,608 cases.

No further information was immediately available regarding the latest death on Maui.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 359 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 36 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 540,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 29.7 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases include 49 on Oahu, 37 on Maui, seven on Hawaii island, and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state, according to health officials.

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

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The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 22,468 on Oahu, 2,564 on Maui, 2,361 in Hawaii County, 186 on Kauai, 109 on Lanai and 30 on Molokai. There are also 890 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 823 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 42 today.

By island, Oahu has 422 active cases, Maui has 290, the Big Island has 105, Kauai has two, Lanai has one and Molokai has three.

Health officials counted 5,824 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.70% 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, 1,947 have required hospitalizations, with four 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 1,939 hospitalizations within the state, 1,664 have been on Oahu, 156 on Maui, 105 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 25 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Thursday morning, with eight in intensive care units and six on ventilators.

The state’s Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said today that 518,381 vaccines have been administered of the 654,090 received by the state. About 22% of the general population in Hawaii has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of those who have received at least one vaccine dose so far, 50% are age 59 or younger, while the other half are age 60 or older.

Of the administered vaccines, 493,741 were given to the general public and 24,640 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 on March 11 announced modifications to Tier 3, including allowing bars to reopen under the same conditions as restaurants and extending the curfew until midnight.

Today’s seven-day average case count for Oahu is 34 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.2%, according to Blangiardi.

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

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