Hawaii has Three new coronavirus-related deaths in Oahu and 107 new infections throughout the state

Hawaii health officials today reported three new coronavirus-related deaths and 107 new infections across the state, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 285 deaths and 20,522 cases.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the most recent deaths were in Oahu. State officials said all three – a woman in their fifties, a man in their eighties, and a woman in their seventies – had underlying illnesses and had been hospitalized. No further information was published.

The official coronavirus-related death toll includes 221 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 said Tuesday that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 50, but health officials have yet to confirm the coronavirus as a factor in six of those Hawaiian deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll was over 325,000 today.

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New statewide cases of infection reported by the Department of Health include 69 in Oahu, 15 in Maui, 13 in the Big Island, and 10 residents of Hawaii diagnosed outside of the state. Based on updated information, one case each from Maui and Oahu was removed from the censuses.

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

The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the outbreak began is 17,277 in Oahu, 1,835 in Hawaii County, 806 in Maui, 138 in Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 22 in Molokai. There are also 338 Hawaii residents who have been diagnosed outside of the state. Based on updated information, a Maui case has been classified as non-state, officials said.

Hawaii health officials said that out of the total number of infections in the state, 1,733 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 33 today.

On the island, Oahu has 1,360 active cases, the Big Island has 175, Maui has 172, and Kauai has 16 according to the latest record. Molokai and Lanai no longer have active COVID cases.

Of all confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,426 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 1,423 hospital stays in the state, 1,253 were on Oahu, 85 on the Big Island, 72 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 67 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii as of Wednesday, including 14 in intensive care units and 11 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 assess whether 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 105 over seven days and the positivity rate is 3.5%.

On Monday, Caldwell said new infections among prisoners at the Halawa Correctional Facility are no longer included in his recovery plan metrics. A cluster recently held in jail had increased the number of infections in Honolulu and threatened to send Oahu back to Tier 1, the most restrictive of the mayor’s four-tier system.

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