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Hawaii sees 48 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 38,043

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                                Pedestrians crossed Kalakaua Avenue, March 7, in Waikiki.


    Pedestrians crossed Kalakaua Avenue, March 7, in Waikiki.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 48 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 38,043 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 33.7 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 34 new cases on Oahu,six on Hawaii island, one each on Maui and Kauai, and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials include probable infections in the 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 28,051 on Oahu, 4,714 on Maui, 3,293 in Hawaii County, 393 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 80 on Molokai. There are also 1,397 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

The probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 821 on Maui, 794 on Oahu, 73 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, four on Kauai, three on Lanai and 58 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 603 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 24.

By island, Oahu has 405 active cases, the Big Island has 87, Maui has 66 and Kauai has 45.

Health officials counted 2,758 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.74% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.7%, 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 Friday, up 5,640 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 58.3% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 63% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,490 have required hospitalizations, with one new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,477 hospitalizations within the state, 2,041 have been on Oahu, 284 on Maui, 136 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 37 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with 10 in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 32 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.8%, state health officials said today.

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

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