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Hawaii sees 833 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 227,284

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 833 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 227,284 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 1,226.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 906 fatalities on Oahu, 167 on Hawaii island, 116 on Maui, 22 on Kauai, three on Molokai and 12 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

Hawaii Department of Health investigators find out the vaccination status of each positive case after the fact, which is why those statistics are not included side by side in the daily case counts, officials have previously said.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 898,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 76.2 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count includes 488 new cases on Oahu, 125 on Hawaii island, 92 on Maui, 94 on Kauai, four on Molokai, seven on Lanai and 23 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 daily infection tally is usually from cases reported to the state two days earlier.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 158,481 on Oahu, 24,543 on Hawaii island, 26,958 on Maui, 10,530 on Kauai, 891 on Molokai, and 580 on Lanai. There are also 5,301 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 21,158 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 1,650.

By island, Oahu has 13,914 active cases, the Big Island has 2,710, Maui has 2,554, Kauai has 1,812, Molokai has 62 and Lanai has 106.

The state’s average infection count is 1,065 and its seven-day average positivity rate is 10.2%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard. The seven-day average for Oahu is 684 with a 9.7% positivity rate.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,742,923 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 8,681 from Friday.

Health officials say that 75.2% of the state’s population is now vaccinated, 82.3% have received at least one dose, and 35.6% have received a third dose of the booster.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,730 have required hospitalizations, with 19 new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirty-two hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 5,698 hospitalizations within the state, 4,307 have been on Oahu, 730 on Maui, 529 on the Big Island, 116 on Kauai, 11 on Molokai and five on Lanai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 229 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 38 in intensive care units and 15 on ventilators. On Friday, there were 283 hospitalized virus patients, including 34 in ICUs and 21 on ventilators.

In the last two weeks, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the state has fallen 43% from the omicron-variant peak of 400 on Jan. 24, according to the state’s figures.

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

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