Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 79 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 37,886 cases.
No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 518.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 401 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 605,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.6 million.
Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 52 new cases on Oahu, five on Maui, seven on Hawaii island, nine on Kauai and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.
State health officials include probable infections in its total case counts. 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 27,961 on Oahu, 4,701 on Maui, 3,274 in Hawaii County, 377 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 80 on Molokai. There are also 1,378 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 820 on Maui, 791 on Oahu, 70 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 55 residents diagnosed outside the state.
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, 612 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 increased today by 27.
By island, Oahu has 391 active cases, the Big Island has 116, Maui has 71 and Kauai has 34.
Health officials counted 2,651 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.98% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.6%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,690,038 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, up 5,640 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 58.3% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 62.7% have received at least one dose.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,484 have required hospitalizations, with eight new hospitalizations reported today.
Twelve hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,472 hospitalizations within the state, 2,038 have been on Oahu, 282 on Maui, 136 on the Big Island, 10 on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.