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Hawaii records 12 new coronavirus-related deaths, 836 additional infections

                                People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at the mobile airport testing lab at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
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People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at the mobile airport testing lab at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 12 new coronavirus-related deaths and 836 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 653 fatalities and 71,156 cases.

Nine deaths were recorded on Oahu, two on Hawaii island and one on Maui. No further information was immediately available from state health officials regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 500 fatalities on Oahu, 78 on Maui, 65 on Hawaii island, four on Kauai, one on Molokai, and five Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 659,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 40.9 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 606 new cases on Oahu, 80 on Maui, 106 on Hawaii island, 32 on Kauai, three on Lanai, 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 49,778 on Oahu, 8,330 on Maui, 8,788 in Hawaii County, 1,713 on Kauai, 137 on Lanai and 170 on Molokai. There are also 2,240 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 10,218 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 decreased today by 159.

By island, Oahu has 7,051 active cases, the Big Island has 1,522, Maui has 1,099, Kauai has 526, Lanai has eight and Molokai has 12.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,914,345 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Friday, up 3,281 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 64.9% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 73.1% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 3,822 have required hospitalizations, with 17 new hospitalizations reported today.

Nineteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 3,803 hospitalizations within the state, 3,097 have been on Oahu, 436 on Maui, 234 on the Big Island, 29 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 404 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with 84 in intensive care units and 71 on ventilators.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 410 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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