Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 101 additional infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 476 fatalities and 31,658 cases.
One of the deaths was on Oahu and the other was on Maui. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 371 fatalities on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 48 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.
The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is about 570,000 and the nationwide infection tally is nearly 32 million.
Today’s new statewide infection cases include 76 on Oahu, nine on Maui, nine on Hawaii island, two on Kauai 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 Tuesday.
The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 24,325 on Oahu, 3,294 on Maui, 2,660 in Hawaii County, 205 on Kauai, 111 on Lanai and 36 on Molokai. There are also 1,027 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state. As a result of updated information, state health officials removed four previous Oahu cases from the counts.
Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 1,133 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 28 today.
By island, Oahu has 793 active cases, Maui has 229, the Big Island has 103, Kauai has six and Molokai has two, and Lanai has none.
Health officials counted 7,337 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.38% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
The Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said that 1,105,651 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today. More than 35% of Hawaii’s population have received at least one dose through the state vaccine system, but that figure does not include those vaccinated through the federal programs.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,092 have required hospitalizations, with four 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 2,084 hospitalizations within the state, 1,759 have been on Oahu, 197 on Maui, 113 on the Big Island, nine 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 40 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Wednesday morning, with six in intensive care units and two 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. 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.
Honolulu will remain in Tier 3 of the city’s COVID-19 reopening framework until at least May 5.
Today’s seven-day average case count for Oahu is 57 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 2%, according to the mayor.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.