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Hawaii records 6 new coronavirus-related deaths, 77 additional infections

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported six new coronavirus-related deaths and 77 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,014 fatalities and 87,183 cases.

Four of the deaths were on the Big Island and two on Oahu. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest fatalities.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 755 fatalities on Oahu, 136 on Hawaii island, 98 on Maui, 13 on Kauai, one on Molokai, and 11 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 32 on Maui, 25 new cases on Oahu, 16 on Hawaii island, four on Kauai, and one Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state. One previous Molokai case was removed from the total count today.

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.

Today’s count are cases tallied by the department on Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 59,333 on Oahu, 11,653 on Hawaii island, 9,905 on Maui, 3,033 on Kauai, 246 on Molokai, and 145 on Lanai. There are also 2,868 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,497 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 70.

By island, Oahu has 747 active cases, the Big Island has 260, Maui has 208, Kauai has 190, Molokai has two, and Lanai has none.

The state’s 7-day average average case count is 95 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.4%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 47 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.2%, state health officials said today.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,333,865 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 5,211 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 72.5% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 85.3% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,006 have required hospitalizations, with 13 additional hospitalizations reported today.

Thirty hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 4,976 hospitalizations within the state, 3,852 have been on Oahu, 599 on Maui, 425 on the Big Island, 87 on Kauai, eight on Molokai, and five on Lanai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 40 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Wednesday, with seven in intensive care units and five on ventilators.


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


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