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Hawaii reports 4 new coronavirus-related deaths, 156 additional infections

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                                Registered nurse Brian Hartmus with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii administers a coronavirus vaccine at Papakolea Community Center Friday during a vaccination clinic that was open to the public.

    CRIAG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Registered nurse Brian Hartmus with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii administers a coronavirus vaccine at Papakolea Community Center Friday during a vaccination clinic that was open to the public.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported four new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 156 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 880 fatalities and 82,886 cases.

No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 662 fatalities on Oahu, 112 on Hawaii island, 91 on Maui, nine on Kauai, one on Molokai, and five Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is about 732,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 45 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 96 new cases on Oahu, 22 on Maui, 17 on Hawaii island, seven on Kauai, and 14 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 57,211 on Oahu, 10,768 in Hawaii County, 9,415 on Maui, 2,508 on Kauai, 238 on Molokai, and 141 on Lanai. There are also 2,605 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,798 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 138.

By island, Oahu has 1,079 active cases, the Big Island has 405, Maui has 178, Kauai has 129, Molokai has five, and Lanai has two.

Health officials counted 4,794 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a roughly 3% statewide positivity rate.

The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.7%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard. The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 69 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.6%, state health officials said today.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,130,298 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 8,971 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 70.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 79.1% have received at least one dose.

On Wednesday, health officials said that more than 1 million residents in Hawaii are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 4,619 have required hospitalizations, with nine new hospitalizations reported today.

Twenty-three hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 4,596 hospitalizations within the state, 3,627 have been on Oahu, 516 on Maui, 377 on the Big Island, 66 on Kauai, and five each on Lanai and Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 75 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 22 in intensive care units and 16 on ventilators.


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


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