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Hawaii records 7 new coronavirus-related deaths, 865 additional infections

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                                People lined up, Aug. 12, for COVID-19 tests at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    People lined up, Aug. 12, for COVID-19 tests at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported seven new coronavirus-related deaths and 865 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 613 fatalities and 65,890 cases.

Five of the deaths occurred on Oahu, one is a Maui case and one is a case from Hawaii island. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 471 fatalities on Oahu, 73 on Maui, 61 on Hawaii island, three on Kauai, one on Molokai and four Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 645,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 39.7 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 552 new cases on Oahu, 137 on Maui, 131 on Hawaii island, 42 on Kauai and three 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 46,331 on Oahu, 7,691 on Maui, 7,998 in Hawaii County, 1,408 on Kauai, 132 on Lanai and 162 on Molokai. There are also 2,168 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 11,257 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 32.

By island, Oahu has 7,706 active cases, the Big Island has 1,823, Maui has 1,229, Kauai has 461, Lanai has 11 and Molokai has 27.

Health officials counted 11,172 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 7.74%% 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 1,882,907 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, up 6,649 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 63.8% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 72.1% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 3,613 have required hospitalizations, with 35 new hospitalizations reported today.

Seventeen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 3,596 hospitalizations within the state, 2,923 have been on Oahu, 414 on Maui, 229 on the Big Island, 23 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 448 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 98 in intensive care units and 90 on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 624 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 8.3%, state health officials said today.


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


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