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Hawaii records 8 new coronavirus-related deaths, 707 additional infections

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported eight new coronavirus-related deaths and 707 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,247 fatalities and 230,238 cases.

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

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 919 fatalities on Oahu, 170 on Hawaii island, 120 on Maui, 23 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 910,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 77.2 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count includes 414 new cases on Oahu, 148 on Hawaii island, 62 on Maui, 55 on Kauai, 14 on Molokai, two on Lanai and 12 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 160,390 on Oahu, 24,948 on Hawaii island, 27,226 on Maui, 10,764 on Kauai, 909 on Molokai and 596 on Lanai. There are also 5,405 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 15,951 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 1,156.

By island, Oahu has 10,419 active cases, the Big Island has 2,206, Maui has 1,766, Kauai has 1,417, Molokai has 61 and Lanai has 82.

Health officials counted a daily average of 796 new cases in today’s tally, for a 7.8% statewide average positivity rate. The seven-day average for Oahu is 510 cases with a 7.1% positivity rate, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,754,202 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 1,803 from a day earlier.

Health officials say that 75.3% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, 82.5% have received at least one dose, and 36.1% have received a third dose of the booster.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,840 have required hospitalizations, with 33 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 5,808 hospitalizations within the state, 4,390 have been on Oahu, 746 on Maui, 538 on the Big Island, 118 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 184 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 26 in intensive care units and 15 on ventilators.

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

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