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Hawaii records 258 new coronavirus cases; 10th straight day of triple-digit infections

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                                A health care worker handles COVID-19 test samples at Terminal 2 of the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Friday. The National Kidney Foundation Hawaii Consortium’s COVID-19 testing lab is offering free tests for Oahu residents amid the spike in coronavirus cases statewide as part of an agreement with the city.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A health care worker handles COVID-19 test samples at Terminal 2 of the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Friday. The National Kidney Foundation Hawaii Consortium’s COVID-19 testing lab is offering free tests for Oahu residents amid the spike in coronavirus cases statewide as part of an agreement with the city.

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Hawaii today recorded the 10th day in a row of triple-digit new coronavirus cases with 258 new confirmed and probable infections, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 40,383 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 527.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 408 fatalities on Oahu, 58 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 610,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 34.4 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 149 new cases on Oahu, 44 on Hawaii island, 39 on Maui, eight on Kauai, two on Lanai, and 16 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 29,482 on Oahu, 4,912 on Maui, 3,641 in Hawaii County, 508 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,642 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,777 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 143.

By island, Oahu has 1,217 active cases, the Big Island has 302, Maui has 156, Kauai has 99, Lanai has two, and Molokai has one.

Health officials counted 4,306 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a statewide positivity rate just under 6 percent. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 4.4%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,739,884 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday. Health officials say that 59.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 66.2% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,624 have required hospitalizations, with 15 new hospitalizations reported today.

Fourteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,610, hospitalizations within the state, 2,130 have been on Oahu, 306 on Maui, 154 on the Big Island, 14 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 74 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with 17 in intensive care units and 11 on ventilators.


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


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