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Hawaii records 1 new coronavirus-related death, 126 additional infections

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                                A nurse secured a PCR swab COVID-19 test from a patient, Aug. 21, at Nanakuli High School.


    A nurse secured a PCR swab COVID-19 test from a patient, Aug. 21, at Nanakuli High School.


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 126 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,027 fatalities and 87,898 cases.

The latest death was on Oahu. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 762 fatalities on Oahu, 139 on Hawaii island, 101 on Maui, 13 on Kauai, one on Molokai and 11 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 780,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 48.5 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 52 new cases on Oahu, 17 on Hawaii island, 18 on Maui, 34 on Kauai and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state. One case was removed from the total for Molokai.

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 59,673 on Oahu, 11,725 on Hawaii island, 10,024 on Maui, 3,156 on Kauai, 245 on Molokai, and 145 on Lanai. There are also 2,930 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,294 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 43.

By island, Oahu has 659 active cases, the Big Island has 194, Kauai has 206, Maui has 233, Molokai has two.

Health officials counted 6,103 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.06% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.4%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 43 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.1%, state health officials said today.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,343,946 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Wednesday, up 8,590 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 71.5% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 77.3% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,045 have required hospitalizations, with five new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirty hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 5,015 hospitalizations within the state, 3,874 have been on Oahu, 606 on Maui, 428 on the Big Island, 93 on Kauai, nine on Molokai, and five on Lanai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 38 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with eight in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

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

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