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Today is the first day of summer and July 4th is still two weeks away. People want to congregate, but Hawaii is still a long way from the 70 percent vaccination rate required for a full reopening.
Visitors are back, as are Hawaiians who have traveled. At least one Hawaiian resident who has returned from Nevada has been infected with the Delta variant, a highly virulent and deadly strain that has killed 383,490 people in India and which could become the dominant strain in the United States, causing calls for more People triggers vaccinated.
Of the total Hawaiian population, 56% are now fully vaccinated. The number of cumulative doses administered is 1,637,582, up 9,781 additional doses from Thursday, according to data released by the state health ministry on Saturday.
The Department of Health reported a new COVID-19-related death on Oahu and 70 new confirmed and probable infections across the country on Saturday.
The island of Hawaii has the highest number of new cases, with 25 of the 30 cases related to inmates at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center. There have also been cases of travel and diffusion in the community.
“Many of the current cases are unvaccinated in our community,” the Hawaii County Civil Protection Agency said in a press release. “For this reason, after the travel restrictions are lifted, it is important to continue to obey the rules on wearing face-covering indoors, distancing and limiting gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.”
Here’s the island-by-island breakdown of the new cases: Island of Hawaii, 30; Oahu, 25; Maui, seven; Kauai, two; and six residents were diagnosed outside of the state.
This brings the pandemic to 511 deaths and 37,284 cases.
The good news is that the positivity rate has been going down over the past seven days, with an average daily rate of 38 new cases at 0.9%. That’s a 24% decrease over the past 14 days.
The rates per county are as follows: Hawaii County, 2% with an average of eight new cases; Honolulu, 0.9% with an average of 20 new cases; Kauai, 1.4% with an average of two cases; and Maui, 1.3% with an average of eight new cases.
The Department of Health said the Delta variant was found in a specimen of a fully vaccinated Oahu resident who traveled to Nevada in early May and tested negative before returning to Hawaii.
Upon returning home, the person developed mild symptoms and was tested. The health department said there was no evidence that the person passed the virus on. Household members and close contacts have been quarantined.
In addition to the Delta variant, there are five worrying variants in Hawaii – two originated in California, the others in Great Britain, Brazil and South Africa.
The Honolulu Fire Department had great success with their mobile vaccination capsules, which were set up on Saturday at SALT in Our Kakaako, Waipio Shopping Center, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park and Windward Mall.
HFD’s health partners delivered free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. By 4 p.m., 316 people had been vaccinated at the four locations.
Walk-in mass vaccination points open today:
>> Pier 2 Vaccine Clinic: Hawaii Pacific Health, open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
>> Blaisdell Concert Hall: Queen’s Health Systems, open daily except Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
By appointment only:
>> Queen’s West Oahu Vaccination Center, call vaccination number Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 691-2222
>> Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, located in various locations on the Waianae Coast, call 427-3659.
>> Kahuku Medical Center, call 293-6230.