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Hawaii sees 460 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 52,199

                                Most people wore their masks, May 18, while waiting for the bus along S. Hotel Street in Honolulu.
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Most people wore their masks, May 18, while waiting for the bus along S. Hotel Street in Honolulu.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 460 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 52,199 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 552.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 426 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 622,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 37 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 330 new cases on Oahu, 21 on Maui, 84 on Hawaii island, 15 on Kauai, two on Molokai, and seven 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 37,222 on Oahu, 6,087 on Maui, 5,753 in Hawaii County, 868 on Kauai, 120 on Lanai and 130 on Molokai. There are also 2,019 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 8,238 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 73.

By island, Oahu has 5,708 active cases, the Big Island has 1,436, Maui has 750, Kauai has 294, Lanai has three and Molokai has 47.

Health officials counted 4,958 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 9.28% 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 1,808,134 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday, up 3,439 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 61.5% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 69.4% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 3,039 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 3,023 hospitalizations within the state, 2,450 have been on Oahu, 355 on Maui, 195 on the Big Island, 16 on Kauai, five on Lanai and two on Molokai.

According to Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a total of 324 patients with the virus — 290 of them unvaccinated — were in Hawaii hospitals as of today.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 457 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 8.5%, state health officials said today.

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

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