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Hawaii sees 42 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 37,429

                                A pharmacist readies syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine aboard Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus on May 22 at Punahou School in Makiki.
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A pharmacist readies syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine aboard Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus on May 22 at Punahou School in Makiki.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 42 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 37,429 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today 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 outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is nearly 603,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.5 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 24 new cases on Oahu, two on Maui, 11 on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and four Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

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 27,686 on Oahu, 4,653 on Maui, 3,222 in Hawaii County, 349 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 79 on Molokai. There are also 1,325 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 818 on Maui, 774 on Oahu, 67 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 53 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

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Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 620 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 today by two.

By island, Oahu has 318 active cases, the Big Island has 173, Maui has 105 and Kauai has 24.

Health officials counted 3,587 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.17% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.3%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,657,224 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Tuesday, up 3,900 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 57% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 62% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,426 have required hospitalizations, with two new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,416 hospitalizations within the state, 1,997 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 37 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Tuesday, with eight in intensive care units and three on ventilators.

Oahu this month moved into the less-restrictive Tier 4 of the city’s four-tier economic recovery 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 1.2%, state health officials said today.

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

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