Hawaii experiences 1 new coronavirus-related demise and 74 further infections

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death and 74 additional infections across the state, bringing the state’s total to 484 deaths and 32,654 cases since the pandemic began.

The most recent death was a man from Maui in his 60s who suffered from health problems and died in a hospital.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 374 deaths on Oahu, 53 on the island of Hawaii, 52 in Maui, two in Kauai, and three Hawaiian residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll is now more than 577,000 and the nationwide number of infections is over 32 million.

Today’s new nationwide infection cases include 49 in Oahu, 11 in Maui, seven in Kauai, four on the island of Hawaii, and three Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state, according to health officials.

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The statistics released today reflect the new cases of infection reported to the department on Saturday.

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the outbreak began is 25,029 in Oahu, 3,433 in Maui, 2,707 in Hawaii County, 276 in Kauai, 111 in Lanai and 37 in Molokai. There are also 1,061 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 1,170 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 number of active cases in the state has increased by eight today.

By island, Oahu has 848 active cases, Maui has 181, Kauai has 76, Big Island has 63, Molokai has two, and Lanai has none.

Health officials counted 4,925 new COVID-19 test results on today’s balance sheet, corresponding to a nationwide positivity rate of 1.5%. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is 1.6%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccine Summary states that to date 1,225,438 doses of vaccine have been administered through state and federal distribution programs.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 2,146 had to be hospitalized with no new hospital admissions reported by state health officials today.

Eight hospital admissions in the statewide census are Hawaiian residents diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 2,138 hospital admissions within the state, 1,794 were on Oahu, 210 on Maui, 119 on the Big Island, nine on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard, a total of 53 patients with the virus have been in hospitals in Hawaii to date, including 10 in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

Oahu moved to the less restrictive Stage 3 of the city’s four-stage economic stimulus on February 25, after being in Stage 2 since October 22. Level 3 enables social and outdoor leisure events for up to 10 people as well as restaurants as seating for 10 people at one table. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced changes to Tier 3 on March 11, including reopening bars under the same conditions as restaurants and extending the curfew until midnight.

Honolulu will remain in Stage 3 of the city’s COVID-19 reopening framework until at least Wednesday.

Blangiardi said in a tweet today that his office would no longer publish the seven-day average and seven-day positivity rate for Oahu. Instead, they will publish a weekly update on the coronavirus situation for the island, he said.

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