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3 new coronavirus-related deaths and 58 COVID-19 infections recorded in Hawaii

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UPDATE: 2:38 p.m.

Hawaii Department of Health officials this afternoon said today’s reported coronavirus-related deaths included:

>> An Oahu man in his 70s who died at a hospital.

>> An Oahu woman in her 80s who died in hospice care.

>> A Maui man in his 50s who died at home.

All three individuals had underlying health conditions, which the CDC defines as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, down syndrome, heart conditions, weakened immune system from a solid organ transplant, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking and Type 2 diabetes.

No additional information was provided about the latest deaths.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported three new coronavirus-related deaths and 58 new infections, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 457 fatalities and 28,950 cases.

No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths — two on Oahu and one on Maui.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 363 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 37 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 544,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 29.9 million.

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Today’s new statewide infection cases include 24 on Oahu, 22 on Maui, seven on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, one on Molokai, and three Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state, according to health officials.

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

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 22,662 on Oahu, 2,659 on Maui, 2,392 in Hawaii County, 188 on Kauai, 110 on Lanai and 34 on Molokai. There are also 905 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 897 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 495 active cases, Maui has 293, the Big Island has 98, Molokai has seven, Kauai has two and Lanai has two.

Health officials counted 6,531 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 0.89% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.4%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The state’s Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said today that 558,043 vaccines have been administered of the 716,290 received by the state. About 24% 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 50% are age 60 or older. Of the administered vaccines, 533,179 were given to the general public and 24,864 were distributed through the federal pharmacy program, officials said.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,961 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 1,953 hospitalizations within the state, 1,673 have been on Oahu, 161 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 33 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of this morning, with seven in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

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 40 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.5%, according to the mayor.


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


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