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Hawaii reports 1 new COVID-related death, 389 additional infections

  • JAMM AQUINO / JULY 21
                                Beachgoers enjoy Ala Moana Regional Park on a recent day in July. Hawaii has been experiencing a large spike in coronavirus cases over the past weeks. Active infections spiked past 3,000 over the weekend, an increase from below 600 just three weeks ago.

    JAMM AQUINO / JULY 21

    Beachgoers enjoy Ala Moana Regional Park on a recent day in July. Hawaii has been experiencing a large spike in coronavirus cases over the past weeks. Active infections spiked past 3,000 over the weekend, an increase from below 600 just three weeks ago.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 389 additional confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals to 538 fatalities and 43,616 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The latest death was a Maui woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions, state health officials said in an email.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 413 fatalities on Oahu, 62 on Maui, 58 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 613,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 35.2 million.

On Friday, the state reported a record 622 new infections, followed by 485 on Saturday and 452 on Sunday, the three highest daily counts since the start of the pandemic.

The new confirmed and probable infection count reported today includes 268 new cases on Oahu, 64 on Hawaii island, 31 on Maui, six on Kauai and 20 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

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

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 31,487 on Oahu, 5,266 on Maui, 4,290 in Hawaii County, 574 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai, and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,801 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Of the state’s total infection count, 3,802 cases were considered to be active. About three weeks ago that number was under 600. 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 267.

By island, Oahu has 2,526 active cases, the Big Island has 789, Maui has 388, Kauai has 97, Lanai has two and Molokai has none.

Health officials counted 5,330 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a statewide positivity rate of about 7.3%. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 6.2%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary on Monday said 1,764,469 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs. Health officials say that 60.3% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 67.3% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,756 have required hospitalizations, with 42 new hospitalizations reported today.

Fifteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,741 hospitalizations within the state, 2,234 have been on Oahu, 318 on Maui, 167 on the Big Island, 16 on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to today’s update on the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 146 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals, with 24 in intensive care units and 15 on ventilators.

On Spotlight Hawaii Monday, Green said 90% of the hospitalized COVID patients in Hawaii are unvaccinated.

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


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