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Hawaii reports 1 new coronavirus-related death, 75 additional infections statewide

                                Throngs of beachgoers at Waikiki Beach on Monday. Oahu reported more than 40 new coronavirus cases in a day today for the third time in the last two weeks.
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Throngs of beachgoers at Waikiki Beach on Monday. Oahu reported more than 40 new coronavirus cases in a day today for the third time in the last two weeks.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 75 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 519 fatalities and 38,196 cases.

The latest death was a woman on Oahu in her 70’s hospitalized with underlying conditions.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 402 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 more than 606,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.7 million.

State health officials have been including 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.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 42 new cases on Oahu, eight on Hawaii island, seven on Maui, six on Kauai, and 12 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 28,145 on Oahu, 4,725 on Maui, 3,312 in Hawaii County, 400 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 80 on Molokai. There are also 1,419 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 822 on Maui, 799 on Oahu, 74 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three 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 Tuesday.

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Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 611 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 four.

By island, Oahu has 426 active cases, the Big Island has 84, Maui has 57 and Kauai has 44.

Health officials counted 3,141 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.39% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is also 2.1%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,703,260 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Tuesday, up 2,531 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 58.1% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 65% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,507 have required hospitalizations, with five new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,494 hospitalizations within the state, 2,055 have been on Oahu, 285 on Maui, 138 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 49 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Wednesday, with nine in intensive care units and seven on ventilators.

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

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