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Hawaii records 3 new coronavirus-related deaths, 130 additional infections

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                                Pharmacist Nicole Paiva readied syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, May 22, aboard Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus at Punahou School in Makiki.

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    Pharmacist Nicole Paiva readied syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, May 22, aboard Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus at Punahou School in Makiki.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported three new coronavirus-related deaths and 130 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 971 fatalities and 85,490 cases.

All of the latest deaths were on Oahu. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 727 fatalities on Oahu, 125 on Hawaii island, 97 on Maui, 11 on Kauai, one on Molokai and 10 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 755,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 46.6 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 51 new cases on Oahu, 27 on Hawaii island, 20 on Maui, 30 on Kauai and two 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 58,476 on Oahu, 11,334 on Hawaii island, 9,673 on Maui, 2,839 on Kauai, 243 on Molokai, and 145 on Lanai. There are also 2,780 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,455 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 10.

By island, Oahu has 722 active cases, the Big Island has 305, Maui has 179, Kauai has 244, Lanai has one and Molokai has four.

Health officials counted 4,784 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.72% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.7%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,263,874 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 7,268 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 72% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 83.2% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 4,866 have required hospitalizations, with 18 new hospitalizations reported today.

Twenty-five hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 4,841 hospitalizations within the state, 3,768 have been on Oahu, 575 on Maui, 409 on the Big Island, 78 on Kauai, five on Lanai and six on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 59 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 15 in intensive care units and 14 on ventilators.

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 48 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.3%, state health officials said today.


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


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