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Hawaii records 2 new coronavirus-related deaths, 647 additional infections

                                Tents were set up, Aug. 14, at Aloha Stadium for COVID-19 testing.
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Tents were set up, Aug. 14, at Aloha Stadium for COVID-19 testing.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 647 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 554 fatalities and 52,846 cases.

The two latest deaths were on Oahu. According to the state Department of Health, the deceased — a man and a woman — were in their 70s and had underlying conditions.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 428 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 623,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 37.1 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 431 new cases on Oahu, 96 on Maui, 87 on Hawaii island, 26 on Kauai, one on Molokai, and six 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 37,653 on Oahu, 6,183 on Maui, 5,840 in Hawaii County, 894 on Kauai, 120 on Lanai and 131 on Molokai. There are also 2,025 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of 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, 8,536 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 298.

By island, Oahu has 5,914 active cases, the Big Island has 1,465, Maui has 790, Kauai has 315, Lanai has three and Molokai has 49.

Health officials counted 7,471 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for an 8.66% 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 1,810,177 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Tuesday, up 2,047 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 61.5% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 69.5% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 3,078 have required hospitalizations, with 39 new hospitalizations reported today.

Sixteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 3,062 hospitalizations within the state, 2,485 have been on Oahu, 357 on Maui, 197 on the Big Island, 16 on Kauai, five on Lanai and two on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 319 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 64 in intensive care units and 51 on ventilators. Today’s total of patients hospitalized with COVID breaks the previous record of 315 set on Sept. 8, 2020.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 476 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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