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Hawaii sees 346 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 43,962

                                A health care worker handles a COVID-19 test sample at Terminal 2 of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.


    A health care worker handles a COVID-19 test sample at Terminal 2 of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.


Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 346 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 43,962 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 538.

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 over 614,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 35.3 million.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 389 coronavirus infections. 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.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 223 new cases on Oahu, 29 on Maui, 63 on Hawaii island, five on Kauai and 26 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 31,710 on Oahu, 5,295 on Maui, 4,353 in Hawaii County, 579 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,827 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 958 on Maui, 879 on Oahu, 105 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, six on Kauai, three on Lanai and 69 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 3,988 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 186.

By island, Oahu has 2,647 active cases, the Big Island has 845, Maui has 396, Kauai has 98, Lanai has two and Molokai has none.

Health officials counted 5,415 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 6.39% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 6.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,767,912 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Tuesday, up 3,443 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 60.4% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 67.4% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,782 have required hospitalizations, with 26 new hospitalizations reported today.

Sixteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,766 hospitalizations within the state, 2,247 have been on Oahu, 323 on Maui, 174 on the Big Island, 16 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 146 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Tuesday, with 24 in intensive care units and 15 on ventilators.

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

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