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Hawaii reports 95 new coronavirus cases as the statewide tally rises to 30,228

                                Visitors have been returning to Waikiki in greater numbers in recent weeks. Here, pedestrians crowd a sidewalk in Waikiki on Saturday.
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Visitors have been returning to Waikiki in greater numbers in recent weeks. Here, pedestrians crowd a sidewalk in Waikiki on Saturday.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 95 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 30,228 cases.

State health officials reported no new coronavirus-related deaths as the statewide death toll remains at 467.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 369 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 41 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is more than 555,000 and the nationwide infection tally is nearly 31 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases include 53 on Oahu, 23 on Maui, and 14 on Hawaii island, and five Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state, according to health officials.

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

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The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 23,388 on Oahu, 2,991 on Maui, 2,539 in Hawaii County, 196 on Kauai, 111 on Lanai and 34 on Molokai. There are also 969 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. As a result of updated information, one Oahu cases and on out-of-state case were removed from the counts.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 1,313 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 784 active cases, Maui has 362, the Big Island has 155, Kauai has nine, Molokai has one and Lanai has two.

Health officials counted 4,576 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.1% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.8%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The state’s Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said today that 674,923 vaccines have been administered of the 722,660 received by the state as of Wednesday. About 29% 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, 51% are age 59 or younger, while 49% are age 60 or older. State health officials said these figures do not include doses administered from the federal pharmacy programs for long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Of the administered vaccines, 649,961 were given to the general public and 24,962 were distributed through the federal pharmacy program, officials said.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,012 have required hospitalizations, with one new hospitalization 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 2,004 hospitalizations within the state, 1,699 have been on Oahu, 183 on Maui, 108 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 43 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of this morning, with five 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 59 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 2.1%, according to the mayor.

Correction: This story has been updated to show that Oahu’s daily count was 53, not 54, and that there were five, not four, out-of-state cases.
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