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Hawaii sees 2 new coronavirus-related deaths, 472 additional infections in partial count

                                The Hawaii Department of Health administers free rapid COVID-19 testing at Kamalani Academy in Wahiawa.


    The Hawaii Department of Health administers free rapid COVID-19 testing at Kamalani Academy in Wahiawa.


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 472 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 545 fatalities and 47,848 cases.

Today’s COVID-19 case report is a partial count because the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system was interrupted for about 20 hours on Monday and Tuesday, officials said. The state says its reporting system is back online and the Department of Health anticipates delayed test results to be reported in case counts Thursday and Friday.

The DOH said the Hawaii’s two most recent COVID-19 related deaths were both female Oahu residents — one in her 40s and the other in her 80s. Both were hospitalized with underlying health conditions.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll now includes 419 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 618,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 36.1 million.

According to the state, today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 298 new cases on Oahu, 61 on Maui County, 79 on Hawaii island, 17 on Kauai, five on Molokai and 12 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 34,291 on Oahu, 5,693 on Maui, 5,035 in Hawaii County, 682 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai and 102 on Molokai. There are also 1,928 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Today’s probable infections added to the counts today include 61 on Maui, 298 on Oahu, 79 on Hawaii island, five on Molokai, 17 on Kauai and 12 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, 6,352 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 307.

By island, Oahu has 4,361 active cases, the Big Island has 1,239, Maui has 575, Kauai has 160, Lanai has none and Molokai has 17.

Health officials counted 4,893 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 9.6% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 7.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,790,017 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Tuesday, up 2,631 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 61% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 68% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,927 have required hospitalizations, with the state reporting 76 new hospitalizations today. Over 90 percent of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.

Sixteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,911 hospitalizations within the state, 2,364 have been on Oahu, 342 on Maui, 183 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 241 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Tuesday, with 41 in intensive care units and 31 on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 364 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 8.2%, state health officials said today.

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

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