Hawaii information Three new coronavirus-related deaths, 44 extra infections

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported three new coronavirus-related deaths and 44 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 510 fatalities and 37,214 cases.

A man and a woman in their 50’s on Oahu who were hospitalized with underlying conditions died. The death on Maui was a male in his 70’s with underlying conditions who was also hospitalized.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 395 fatalities on Oahu, 56 on Maui, 54 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The US coronavirus-related death toll today is over 601,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 33.5 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 16 new cases on Oahu, 15 on Maui, nine on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and three Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials began including probable infections in its total case counts last month. Probable infections include people who never received a confirmatory test but are believed to have had the virus because of their known exposure and symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 27,572 on Oahu, 4,631 on Maui, 3,162 in Hawaii County, 344 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 79 on Molokai. There are also 1,311 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Today’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 818 on Maui, 769 on Oahu, 68 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, four on Kauai, three on Lanai and 53 residents diagnosed outside the state.

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

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 660 cases were considered to be active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases decreased today by 34.

By island, Oahu has 325 active cases, the Big Island has 166, Maui has 149 and Kauai has 20.

Health officials counted 3,383 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 1.30% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 0.9%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,637,582 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, up 9,781 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 56% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 61% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,411 have required hospitalizations, with six new hospitalizations reported today.

Ten hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,401 hospitalizations within the state, 1,987 have been on Oahu, 269 on Maui, 130 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 36 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Thursday, with eight in intensive care units and two on ventilators.

Oahu last week moved into the less-restrictive Tier 4 of the city’s four-tier economic recovery plan. The change allows social gatherings of up to 25 people at outdoor venues, including at parks and beaches, but the group size for indoor social gatherings remains at 10 people.

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

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