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Hawaii sees 23 new coronavirus cases as the statewide tally climbs to 35,924

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MAY 24
                                Travelers roll their suitcases along the curbside of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Monday. According to the latest data available from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, 13,486 Trans-Pacific passengers arrived in Honolulu on May 23.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MAY 24

    Travelers roll their suitcases along the curbside of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Monday. According to the latest data available from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, 13,486 Trans-Pacific passengers arrived in Honolulu on May 23.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 23 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 35,924 cases.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the numbers are trending down due to vaccinations and mask-wearing.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 496.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 384 fatalities on Oahu, 54 on Maui, 53 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai, and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 590,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33 million.

State health officials began counting probable infections last week, which added more than 1,600 total infections to the state’s total case count. The probable infections include people who never received a confirmatory test but are believed to have had the virus because of their known exposure and symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

By island today, there were 16 new infection cases on Oahu, two on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, one on Molokai, and three Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 26,939 on Oahu, 4,404 on Maui, 2,855 in Hawaii County, 318 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 77 on Molokai. There are also 1,216 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Today’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 792 on Maui, 732 on Oahu, 63 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 45 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 932 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 46 today.

By island, Oahu has 737 active cases, Maui has 104, the Big Island has 53, Molokai has 27, Kauai has 11 and Lanai has none.

Health officials counted 3,839 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 0.60% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said that 1,473,716 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday.

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Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,285 have required hospitalizations, with no new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,275 hospitalizations within the state, 1,894 have been on Oahu, 243 on Maui, 123 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 38 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Monday, with 11 in intensive care units and six on ventilators.


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


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