Hawaii stories 655 new COVID instances, the very best day by day complete because the pandemic started
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii will report 655 new COVID infections on Thursday, the highest daily number since the pandemic began, Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
The second highest daily total was in the 400s.
The one-day record high comes amid a sustained surge in infections, mainly due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Green said the vast majority of cases are among the unvaccinated.
And he was blunt in his message to those who still haven’t shot.
“You’re crazy if you don’t get vaccinated. It’s a big mistake, ”he said. “I know we have different ideologies on this, but don’t listen to people who come up with ideas about what the vaccine will do to you. All it (the vaccine) will do is stop you from contracting COVID. “
As of Wednesday 60.4%. the state is fully vaccinated.
About 211,000 children in Hawaii are too young to get the vaccine, Green said, which means that about a quarter of a million Hawaiian residents are eligible for the vaccination but have not yet done so.
“That’s where the virus spreads,” he said.
“As it spreads, hospital admissions are increasing. It affects us all because then we cannot go through voting procedures. We cannot provide extra beds for people with a heart attack. It’s really serious business. “
Green said 166 people have now been hospitalized with COVID across the country.
He said this of the new cases on Thursday:
- 428 were on Oahu
- 131 were on the Island of Hawaii
- 69 on Maui
- Seven on Kauai
20 residents outside of the state were also diagnosed.
The Healthcare Association of HI says the Kaiser lab (which is a compilation of all of its test sites) reported a positivity rate greater than 10% with Sun. Kapolei (unclear which specific test site (s)) reported a positivity rate of more than 10% on Wednesday. Both are records for the state. @HawaiiNewsNow
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Hilton Raethel, director of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, said about 90% of people hospitalized in the islands with COVID are not vaccinated. He added that rising case numbers – combined with growing positivity rates – will increase hospitalization rates across the country in the coming weeks.
Hospitals are already feeling the strain of increasing hospital stays and have requested more than 500 medical workers from the mainland as part of a government-funded FEMA program.
The alarming spike in COVID infections in Hawaii is fueling a surge in vaccine requirements, and the governor is expected to announce mandates for state and county workers on Thursday.
The major Hawaiian hospitals have already announced their own mandates. And on Wednesday, Hawaii’s public schools announced that student athletes must be vaccinated in order to play.
This story will be updated.
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