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Hawaii sees 643 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 46,503

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Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 643 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 46,503 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 542.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 416 fatalities on Oahu, 62 on Maui, 59 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 616,800 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 35.7 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 431 new cases on Oahu, 54 on Maui, 118 on Hawaii island, 22 on Kauai and 11 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 33,408 on Oahu, 5,547 on Maui, 4,813 in Hawaii County, 634 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai and 90 on Molokai. There are also 1,894 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 1,009 on Maui, 904 on Oahu, 130 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, seven on Kauai, three on Lanai and 73 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 5,508 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 358.

By island, Oahu has 3,746 active cases, the Big Island has 1,094, Maui has 540, Kauai has 119, Lanai has none and Molokai has nine.

Health officials counted 8,318 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 7.7% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 7.1%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,774,560 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Friday, up 3,259 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 60% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 67% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,839 have required hospitalizations, with five new hospitalizations reported today.

Sixteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,823 hospitalizations within the state, 2,293 have been on Oahu, 329 on Maui, 179 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 184 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with 36 in intensive care units and 22 on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 342 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 7.9%, state health officials said today.

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

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