Hawaii officers attribute vaccinations to advances within the combat towards COVID, however considerations stay

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii sees encouraging signs of progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but health officials are still cautiously optimistic as the state’s vaccine demand falls.

Only 14 new COVID-19 infections were reported on Monday, the lowest number of daily infections since July 2020. The state health ministry attributes this to vaccines.

“To see this number so low today alone is very encouraging,” said DOH spokesman Brooks Baehr. “It just shows how effective the vaccines have been in reducing the number of new cases.”

Baehr added, “In case there is a breakthrough case, the vaccines have prevented people from becoming seriously ill and they have prevented death – we have not yet had a fully vaccinated person who succumbed to COVID.”

In a tweet, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said “most, if not all” of the new coronavirus patients in Oahu hospitals are people who have not been vaccinated.

Our hospitals here on O’ahu are realizing that most, if not all, of their new hospital admissions with coronavirus are people who have NOT been vaccinated. This is another reason why all eligible individuals should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a provider near you, visit: https://t.co/XMdAGx4GY6 pic.twitter.com/jZsrtOSRAk

– Mayor Rick Blangiardi (@MayorRickHNL) June 19, 2021

According to the state, 33 COVID-positive residents will be hospitalized in Hawaii, including 23 in Oahu. Seven COVID patients across Hawaii are in intensive care and two are on ventilators.

While Monday’s figure is encouraging, officials are watching trends rather than a single day – and they’re concerned about the decline in vaccine demand in Hawaii.

“The actual pace of vaccinations has slowed significantly and the number of vaccines administered in the last week is significantly lower than the number of vaccinations that were administered two weeks ago, for example,” Governor David Ige said at a press conference on Monday.

Concern is also growing with the Delta variant. First discovered in India, it has now been detected in almost every state, including Hawaii.

It’s more transmissible and has led to an increase in hospital admissions among unvaccinated Americans.

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