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Hawaii sees another day of triple-digit cases with 147 new infections, 1 coronavirus-related death

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 147 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 523 fatalities and 38,966 cases.

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

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 405 fatalities on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 56 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 608,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.9 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 93 new cases on Oahu, seven on Maui, 27 on Hawaii island, nine on Kauai, one on Molokai and 10 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

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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 28,589 on Oahu, 4,792 on Maui, 3,425 in Hawaii County, 453 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,511 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 836 on Maui, 818 on Oahu, 76 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 60 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, 938 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 79.

By island, Oahu has 624 active cases, the Big Island has 149, Maui has 88, Kauai has 76 and Molokai has one.

Health officials counted 3,930 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 3.74% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 2.9%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,723,223 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, up 2,308 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 59.1% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 65% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,550 have required hospitalizations, with seven new hospitalizations reported today.

Fourteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,536 hospitalizations within the state, 2,085 have been on Oahu, 289 on Maui, 145 on the Big Island, 11 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 58 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 13 in intensive care units and nine on ventilators.

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

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