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Hawaii records 2 new coronavirus-related deaths, 64 additional infections

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JUNE 21
                                Beachgoers gather along Waikiki Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Beginning July 8, Hawaii will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland U.S. to bypass pre-travel testing and quarantine rules.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JUNE 21

    Beachgoers gather along Waikiki Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Beginning July 8, Hawaii will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland U.S. to bypass pre-travel testing and quarantine rules.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 64 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 516 fatalities and 37,596 cases.

No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths on Oahu.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 399 fatalities on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 55 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 603,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.6 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 42 new cases on Oahu, three on Maui, eight on Hawaii island, and 11 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 27,785 on Oahu, 4,675 on Maui, 3,238 in Hawaii County, 358 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 80 on Molokai. There are also 1,345 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 819 on Maui, 776 on Oahu, 66 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 54 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 562 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 39.

By island, Oahu has 333 active cases, the Big Island has 106, Maui has 93 and Kauai has 30.

Health officials counted 3,478 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.84% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,665,945 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, up 3,973 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, 2,455 have required hospitalizations, with 11 new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,445 hospitalizations within the state, 2,018 have been on Oahu, 277 on Maui, 134 on the Big Island, 10 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 35 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with eight in intensive care units and three on ventilators.


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


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