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Hawaii sees 63 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 38,544

                                Pedestrians — some with masks, some without— crossed Kalakaua Avenue, April 26, in Waikiki.


    Pedestrians — some with masks, some without— crossed Kalakaua Avenue, April 26, in Waikiki.


Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 63 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 38,544 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 521.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 404 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 606,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.8 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 28 new cases on Oahu, six on Maui, 15 on Hawaii island, seven on Kauai and seven Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

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.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 28,339 on Oahu, 4,755 on Maui, 3,368 in Hawaii County, 424 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 80 on Molokai. There are also 1,463 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 827 on Maui, 819 on Oahu, 73 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 59 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, 749 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 35.

By island, Oahu has 46 active cases, the Big Island has 18, Maui has 10 and Kauai has 28.

Health officials counted 2,501 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.52% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 2.3%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,714,937 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Sunday, up 5,725 from two days earlier. Health officials say that 58.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 65.4% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,527 have required hospitalizations, with three new hospitalizations reported today.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 52 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 11 in intensive care units and eight on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 39 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 2.3%, state health officials said today.

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

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