Governor David Ige held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the cases of coronavirus in Hawaii.
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Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, director of the health department, Dr. Bruce Anderson and Alan Oshima, will join him to speak on the state’s economic recovery efforts.
Ige said this afternoon that the payroll protection program will cover 11,000 Hawaiian small businesses, for a total of $ 2.2 billion in repayable loans. Ige said it represents 170,000 workers across the state.
Ige also announced that the Hawaii Convention Center will be made up of volunteers to handle unemployment claims.
Hawaii Department of Health officials said today that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 584, an increase of four from Sunday – the smallest daily increase in addition to a month.
Of all cases confirmed in Hawaii since the start of the epidemic, 55 have required hospitalization, and three new cases have been reported today, health officials said.
The current count of new cases is the smallest daily increase since March 18, when three new cases were recorded.
The death toll from coronaviruses is 10, unchanged from Sunday. Six of the deaths occurred in Oahu and four in Maui.
The state’s current total includes 385 cases in Oahu, 108 in Maui County, 64 on the island of Hawaii and 21 in Kauai County, according to health officials.
There have been two new cases each on the Big Island and in Maui County, health officials said today. All four are adult residents of Hawaii, and health officials said they are investigating whether the cases are related to travel or the spread of the community.
The state-wide total also includes six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.
A total of 423 patients have recovered since the start of the epidemic, with health officials reporting nine new healings today. Over 70% of those infected in Hawaii are now classified as cured.
By county, Honolulu has seen 312 patients recover, Maui has had 57 recoveries, the Big Island has had 38, and Kauai has seen 16 at noon today, according to the Department of Health.
Of the 55 state hospitalizations, 47 were in Oahu, seven in Maui and one in Kauai.
The Hawaii Joint COVID-19 Information Center said that of the 24,543 coronavirus tests done so far by island state laboratories and clinics, just under 2.4% were positive.
Health officials on Sunday announced the 10th state death COVID-19, a Maui man in his forties or fifties who had a travel history and who had no health problems. The man was in serious condition during an extended stay at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, where the state is investigating a group of COVID-19 cases.
Earlier in the day, Governor David Ige said Hawaii’s house arrest order would likely be extended after April 30, but added that the state was considering loosening local restrictions on specific activities.