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Hawaii records 1 new coronavirus death, 56 more infections


Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 56 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 517 deaths and 37,758 cases.

The deceased was a resident of Oahu between the ages of 50 and 59 and had been hospitalized for underlying issues, according to the DOH.

The state’s official coronavirus death toll now includes 400 deaths on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 55 on the island of Hawaii, two in Kauai and three residents of Hawaii who died out of state.

The coronavirus-related death toll in the United States today is over 604,000 and the number of infections nationwide is over 33.6 million.

Today’s new number of confirmed and probable infections per island includes 34 new cases on Oahu, four on Maui, nine on the island of Hawaii and nine Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.

State health officials began including probable infections in the total number of cases last month. Likely infections include people who have never received a confirmatory test but are suspected of having had the virus because of their exposure and known symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases per island since the start of the epidemic is 27,874 in Oahu, 4,696 in Maui, 3,265 in Hawaii County, 361 in Kauai, 115 in Lanai and 80 in Molokai. There are also 1,367 residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed out of state.

Today’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the tally today include 820 in Maui, 778 in Oahu, 70 on the island of Hawaii, 24 in Molokai, three in Kauai, three in Lanai and 55 residents diagnosed out of state.

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

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Health officials also said today that out of the state’s total infections, 569 cases were considered active. Officials say they view infections reported in the past 14 days as a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases today increased by 18.

Per island, Oahu has 348 active cases, Big Island 115, Maui 83, and Kauai 23.

Health officials counted 3,438 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a statewide positivity rate of 1.63%. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Hawaii’s latest COVID-19 vaccine summary shows 1,682,432 doses of the vaccine have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday, up 3,747 from the previous day. Health officials say 57.9% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated and 62.5% have received at least one dose.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 2,470 required hospitalizations, with five new hospitalizations reported today.

Twelve hospitalizations in the state’s overall tally are residents of Hawaii who were diagnosed and treated out of state. Of the 2,458 hospitalizations in the state, 2,027 were in Oahu, 280 in Maui, 135 in Big Island, 10 in Kauai, five in Lanai and one in Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 40 patients infected with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii on Tuesday, including eight in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

Oahu moved this month to the less restrictive Level 4 of the city’s four-tier economic stimulus package. 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 remains at 10 people.

The seven-day average number of cases for Oahu is 27 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.5%, state health officials said today.

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