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Hawaii sees 44 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 36,076

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MAY 25
                                Pedestrians wear masks as they walk along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Wearing masks outdoors is no longer required by the state, Gov. David Ige announced on Tuesday.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MAY 25

    Pedestrians wear masks as they walk along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Wearing masks outdoors is no longer required by the state, Gov. David Ige announced on Tuesday.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 44 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 36,076 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 498.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 386 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 593,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.2 million.

By island today, there were 24 new infection cases on Oahu, seven on Maui, five on Hawaii island, one on Molokai, and seven Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 27,031 on Oahu, 4,426 on Maui, 2,875 in Hawaii County, 318 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 79 on Molokai. There are also 1,232 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

State health officials began including probable infections in its total case counts last week. 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.

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

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total infection count, 866 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 45 today.

By island, Oahu has 683 active cases, Maui has 87, the Big Island has 62, Molokai has 25 ,Kauai has nine, and Lanai has none.

Health officials counted 4,967 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a .07% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is .09%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said that 1,513,894 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday. Health officials say that more than 50% of the state’s population are now fully vaccinated.

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Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,323 have required hospitalizations, with 10 new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,313 hospitalizations within the state, 1,924 have been on Oahu, 250 on Maui, 124 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 44 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Wednesday, with 11 in intensive care units and six 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 June 3, according to the mayor’s office.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 34 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.3%, state health officials said today.

Blangiardi said this week Honolulu should be moving to Tier 4 in a few days.

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