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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 16 new coronavirus-related deaths and 650 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,290 fatalities and 233,155 cases.
Thirteen of the latest deaths were on Oahu, two were on Maui and one was on Lanai. No further information was released regarding the latest deaths.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 948 fatalities on Oahu, 178 on Hawaii island, 122 on Maui, 26 on Kauai, three on Molokai, one on Lanai 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 923,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 78 million.
Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count includes 353 new cases on Oahu, 91 on Hawaii island, 92 on Maui, 65 on Kauai, six on Molokai, three on Lanai and 40 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 161,942 on Oahu, 25,328 on Hawaii island, 27,603 on Maui, 11,190 on Kauai, 927 on Molokai and 612 on Lanai. There are also 5,553 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.
Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 9,317 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 830.
By island, Oahu has 5,804 active cases, the Big Island has 1,351, Maui has 1,075, Kauai has 988, Molokai has 51 and Lanai has 48.
Health officials counted a daily average of 480 new cases in today’s tally, for a 5.3% statewide average positivity rate. The seven-day average for Oahu is 274 cases with a 4.7% positivity rate, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,770,391 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of today, up 1,374 from a day earlier.
Health officials say that 75.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, 82.7% have received at least one dose, and 36.7% have received a third dose of the booster.
Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,974 have required hospitalizations, with 48 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 5,942 hospitalizations within the state, 4,482 have been on Oahu, 756 on Maui, 556 on the Big Island, 132 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 131 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of today, with 18 in intensive care units and 10 on ventilators. On Wednesday, there were 154 hospitalized virus patients, with 20 in ICUs and 10 on ventilators.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.