Hawaii sets a new record with 2,205 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 102,389 nationwide


Hawaii today posted a new daily record of coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, with more than 2,200 cases.

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 2,205 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic started to 102,389. The current number of new infections exceeds the previous record of 1,828 on December 24th.

No new virus-related deaths were reported today, so the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 remains 1,082.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 797 deaths on Oahu, 151 on the island of Hawaii, 104 in Maui, 18 in Kauai, one in Molokai, and 11 Hawaiian residents who died outside the state.

Hawaiian Department of Health investigators determine the vaccination status of every positive case retrospectively, which is why those statistics are not used side by side in daily case counts, officials said earlier.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll now tops 809,000 and the nationwide number of infections is more than 51.5 million.

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Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 1,841 new cases in Oahu, 118 in Hawaii, 132 in Maui, 68 in Kauai, 17 in Molokai, one in Lanai, and 28 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

State health officials have added likely infections to the total number of cases. Likely infections include people who have never had 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 71,794 in Oahu, 12,440 in Hawaii, 10,920 in Maui, 3,597 in Kauai, 291 in Molokai and 157 in Lanai. There are also 3,190 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 12,777 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 total number of active cases in the state is up 1,956 today.

By island, Oahu has 11,180 active cases, Big Island has 532, Kauai has 322, Maui has 695, Molokai has 36, and Lanai has 12.

Health officials counted 19,909 new COVID-19 test results on today’s balance sheet, corresponding to a nationwide positivity rate of 11.08%. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is 11%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The average seven-day case number for Oahu is 1,155 and the average positivity rate for seven days is 13%, state health officials said today.

The latest COVID-19 vaccine round-up from Hawaii says 2,505,606 doses of vaccine had been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Friday, 5,794 more than the previous day. Health officials say 73.9% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated and 79.3% have received at least one dose.

In a tweet, Lt. Gov. Josh Green announced today that 78 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized nationwide, 27 of whom have been vaccinated.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 5,221 had to be hospitalized, with three new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirty hospitalizations in the total statewide are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 5,191 hospital admissions in the state, 3,983 were on Oahu, 629 on Maui, 456 on the Big Island, 107 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 73 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii as of Thursday, with 12 in intensive care units and eight on ventilators.

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


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