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Hawaii reports 14 new coronavirus cases; 57% of state’s population now fully vaccinated

  • CRIAG t. KOJIMA / JUNE 16
                                While Hawaii’s COVID -19 infection, death and hospitalization rates remain low and the state begins to emerge from the pandemic’s economic devastation, food insecurity in Hawaii continues to plague many thousands of residents. Here, volunteer Carol Alevizos, left, arranges trays of eggs for distribution at a food distribution at Central Union Church on June 16 when about 500 people stood in line to receive free food. The program is run every Wednesday.

    CRIAG t. KOJIMA / JUNE 16

    While Hawaii’s COVID -19 infection, death and hospitalization rates remain low and the state begins to emerge from the pandemic’s economic devastation, food insecurity in Hawaii continues to plague many thousands of residents. Here, volunteer Carol Alevizos, left, arranges trays of eggs for distribution at a food distribution at Central Union Church on June 16 when about 500 people stood in line to receive free food. The program is run every Wednesday.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 14 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 37,367 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported Monday so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 513.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 397 fatalities on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 54 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and three Hawaii residents who died out of state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll Monday is about 602,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.5 million.

Monday’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 12 new cases on Oahu, one on Hawaii island and two Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state. One case was removed from Kauai.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,651,129 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday, up 13,547 from Friday. Health officials say that 57% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 62% have received at least one dose.

State health officials began including probable infections in its total case counts last month. 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 total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 27,653 on Oahu, 4,648 on Maui, 3,206 in Hawaii County, 347 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 79 on Molokai. There are also 1,319 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Monday’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts Monday include 818 on Maui, 777 on Oahu, 67 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 52 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said Monday that, of the state’s total infection count, 632 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 state’s total number of active cases decreased Monday by 21.

By island, Oahu has 318 active cases, the Big Island has 164, Maui has 127 and Kauai has 23.

Health officials counted 2,758 new COVID-19 test results in Monday’s tally, for a 0.51% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.1%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,420 have required hospitalizations, with no new hospitalizations reported Monday. 

Ten hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,410 hospitalizations within the state, 1,991 have been on Oahu, 272 on Maui, 132 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 33 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Monday, with seven in intensive care units and two on ventilators.

Oahu is now in Tier 4 of the city’s five-tier economic recovery and re-opening plan. The change allows social gatherings of up to 25 people at outdoor venues, including at parks and beaches, but the group size for indoor social gatherings remains at 10 people. The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 22 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.1%, state health officials said Monday.


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


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