4 coronavirus-related deaths and 250 new COVID-19 cases as Hawaii total exceeds 23K


UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.
The Kauai District Health Unit today announced two new cases of adults who contracted coronavirus while traveling. However, the Hawaii Department of Health did not report any new cases of coronavirus in Kauai today.

Kauai officials said close contacts are being identified and have directed those infected to quarantine.

There are now 21 active cases in Kauai, with 193 cumulative infections, Kauai officials said in a press release today. All active cases are isolated, with one case being hospitalized in Oahu. The state’s official tally for the total number of coronavirus cases in Kauai remains at 157.


Hawaii State Department of Health officials today reported four new deaths and 250 coronavirus-related infections, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 307 deaths and 23,143 cases. Hawaii on Thursday set a new record of 322 confirmed cases statewide in the new year.

No further details were immediately available regarding the last four deaths in Oahu or the source of infections in today’s new cases.

The state’s official coronavirus death toll includes 241 deaths on Oahu, 45 on the island of Hawaii, 18 on Maui, one on Kauai and two residents of Hawaii who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said today the COVID-19 death toll on the Big Island remained at 51, but state officials have not verified the coronavirus as a factor in six of these deaths.

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The coronavirus death toll in the United States was over 369,000 today, with the total number of coronavirus cases across the country now exceeding 21.9 million.

New statewide cases of infection reported today by the Department of Health include 159 in Oahu, 51 in Maui, 20 on the Big Island, and 20 state residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii, officials said. As a result of updated information, one case each in Maui and Oahu was removed from accounts.

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

The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the start of the epidemic is 19,071 in Oahu, 1994 in Hawaii County, 1247 in Maui, 157 in Kauai, 106 in Lanai, and 25 in Molokai. There are also 543 Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.

Health officials in Hawaii said today that of the state’s total number of infections, 2,068 cases were considered active. Health officials say they regard infections reported in the past 14 days as a “surrogate number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state has increased by 118 today.

Per island, Oahu has 1,543 active cases, Maui 372, the Big Island has 135, and Kauai has 15 and Molokai has three, according to the state’s latest tally. Lanai does not have any active COVID cases.

Health officials counted 6,502 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a statewide positivity rate of 3.84%. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 3.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 1,543 required hospitalizations, with 12 new hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.

Three statewide hospitalizations are residents of Hawaii who were diagnosed and treated out of state. Of the 1,540 hospitalizations in the state, 1,358 were in Oahu, 91 on the Big Island, 78 in Maui, 7 in Kauai, 5 in Lanai and one in Molokai.

According to the latest information from the Hawaii COVID-19 Department’s data dashboard, a total of 129 patients infected with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, including 24 in intensive care units and 20 on ventilators.

State health officials said on Thursday that they had started posting the total number of vaccinations administered statewide. On Saturday, the department said 25,470 people had been vaccinated – including 17,991 in Honolulu County, 3,013 in Maui County, 2,526 in Hawaii County and 1,940 in Kauai County. Vaccination numbers are updated weekly.

Oahu moved to the less restrictive Level 2 of Honolulu’s four-tier economic stimulus package on October 22. To assess whether Honolulu will move to a different level, the city conducts a “weekly assessment” of two key COVID-19 numbers every Wednesday. To move to level 3 of level 2, the 7-day average of new cases must be less than 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. In addition, the average 7-day positivity rate must be less than 2.5% on these two Wednesdays.

Today, the seven-day average number of cases for Oahu is 124 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 4.4%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, who said Thursday that Oahu would remain at level 2.

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


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