Hawaii sees 36 new coronavirus cases, a total of 37,170 nationwide



Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 36 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total to 37,170 cases since the pandemic began.

No new virus-related deaths were reported today, so the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 remains at 507.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 393 deaths in Oahu, 55 in Maui, 54 in Hawaii, two in Kauai, and three Hawaiian residents who died outside of the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll is over 600,000 today and the nationwide number of infections is more than 33.5 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 22 new cases in Oahu, four in Kauai, three in Maui, two on the island of Hawaii, and five Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

State health officials started adding likely infections to the total number of cases last month. Likely infections include people who have never received a confirmatory test, but who are believed to have had the virus based on their known exposure and symptoms, or a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the outbreak began is 27,556 in Oahu, 4,616 in Maui, 3,153 in Hawaii County, 343 in Kauai, 115 in Lanai and 79 in Molokai. There are also 1,308 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Infections likely today since the pandemic began include 816 in Maui, 767 in Oahu, 65 in Hawaii, 24 in Molokai, four in Kauai, three in Lanai, and 53 residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Statistics released today reflect the new cases of infection reported to the department on Tuesday.

Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 694 cases were considered active. Officials say they consider the infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases declined by five today.

By island, Oahu has 339 active cases, Big Island has 182, Maui has 154, and Kauai has 19.

Health officials counted 4,933 new COVID-19 test results on today’s balance sheet, corresponding to a nationwide positivity rate of 0.73%. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is 1.0%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary states that 1,627,801 doses of vaccine had been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Wednesday, 6,519 more than the previous day. Health officials say 56% of the state’s population are now fully vaccinated and 61% have received at least one dose.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 2,405 had to be hospitalized, with three new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospital stays in the entire statewide census are residents of Hawaii who were diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 2,395 hospital stays within the state, 1,983 were on Oahu, 268 on Maui, 129 on the Big Island, nine on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard, a total of 33 patients with the virus have been in hospitals in Hawaii to date, eight in intensive care units and two on ventilators.

Oahu entered the less restrictive Stage 4 of the city’s four-tier economic recovery plan on Friday. The change allows social gatherings of up to 25 people in outdoor venues, including parks and beaches, but the group size for indoor social gatherings will remain at 10 people.

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


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