Oahu saw the third straight day of triple-digit new coronavirus cases today as the state surpassed a total of 20,000 infections since the outbreak began.
“While much of the attention recently has been on vaccines, our metrics are trending in the wrong direction,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. “I know we are tired, but we cannot ignore this increase.”
Hawaii health officials today reported 156 new coronavirus infections nationwide, bringing the total to 20,015 cases since the pandemic began.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll remains at 281, with no new deaths reported today.
The official coronavirus-related death toll includes 217 deaths in Oahu, 44 in Hawaii, 17 in Maui, one in Kauai and two Hawaiian residents who died on the mainland.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency announced today that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 50. The death toll in Hawaii is 44. Health officials have not yet confirmed the coronavirus as a factor in six deaths in Hawaii.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll was more than 315,000 today, with cases of infection exceeding 17.5 million since the pandemic began.
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The new statewide cases of infection reported by the health department include 116 in Oahu, 21 in the Big Island, 14 in Maui, four Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state, and one in Kauai.
Statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
Oahu’s case count includes coronavirus infections in prisons. The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said today that 55 inmates at the Halawa Correctional Facility tested positive from 238 tests. In addition, eight employees at the facility tested positive.
“With support from the Department of Health and the Hawaii National Guard and Project Vision Hawaii, surge testing will continue until there are no new positive cases at the facility,” a press release said.
Health officials counted 6,046 new COVID-19 test results for a nationwide positivity rate of 2.58%.
The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the outbreak began is 16,876 in Oahu, 1,790 in Hawaii County, 760 in Maui, 137 in Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 22 in Molokai. There are also 324 Hawaii residents who have been diagnosed outside of the state.
Hawaii health officials said that out of the total number of infections in the state, 1,529 cases are considered active. Health officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be an “active case proxy number”. The number of active cases in the state rose by 40 today.
On the island, Oahu has 1,186 active cases, Maui has 167, Big Island has 156, Kauai has 17, and Molokai has three according to the latest record.
Of all confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,405 had to be hospitalized. State health officials reported 11 hospital stays today.
Three state hospital admissions are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 1,402 hospital stays in the state, 1,235 were on Oahu, 84 on the Big Island, 70 on Maui, seven 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 60 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii as of Friday lunchtime, with 16 in intensive care units and seven on ventilators.
On October 22, Oahu moved to the less restrictive Stage 2 of the four-stage economic stimulus plan of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The mayor’s office says the city is doing a “weekly assessment” to see if Honolulu will move to another tier every Wednesday with two major COVID-19 numbers. To switch from tier 2 to tier 3, the 7-day average of new cases must be below 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the average 7-day positivity rate on these two Wednesdays must be below 2.5%.
According to Caldwell, the average number of cases for Oahu today is 95 over seven days and the positivity rate is 3.4%.
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