Hawaii studies 163 new coronavirus circumstances, bringing the whole to 40,822 nationwide

UPDATE: 2:25 pm

State health officials said this afternoon that there are 90 COVID-19 patients in Hawaiian hospitals, 20 in intensive care units and 12 on ventilators. The numbers had not been updated since Friday when 74 COVID patients were in attendance, 17 in intensive care units and 11 on ventilators.

Government officials are closely monitoring hospital admissions numbers as Hawaii has seen its biggest surge in infections since January, in part due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said late last week that hospitals in Hawaii have so far been able to handle the surge in COVID patients.

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Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported 163 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total to 40,822 cases since the pandemic began.

No new virus-related deaths were reported today, so the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 remains at 529.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 410 deaths in Oahu, 58 in Maui, 56 in Hawaii, two in Kauai, and three Hawaiian residents who died outside the state.

The US coronavirus-related death toll is nearly 611,000 today and the nationwide number of infections is more than 34.4 million.

Today was the 12th day in a row with three-digit new infections in Hawaii as the Delta variant spreads across the state.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 105 new cases in Oahu, 34 in Hawaii, 16 in Maui, one in Kauai, and seven Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

State health officials have added likely infections to the total number of cases. Likely infections include people who have never had a confirmatory test, but who are believed to have had the virus based on their known exposure and symptoms, or a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the outbreak began is 29,753 in Oahu, 4,950 in Maui, 3,740 in Hawaii County, 515 in Kauai, 117 in Lanai and 81 in Molokai. There are also 1,666 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

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

Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 2,048 cases were considered active. Officials say they consider the infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The total number of active cases in the state is up 95 today.

By island, Oahu has 1,400 active cases, Big Island has 369, Maui has 185, Kauai has 91, Lanai has two, and Molokai has one.

Health officials counted 4,072 new COVID-19 test results on today’s balance sheet, which corresponds to a nationwide positivity rate of about 4 percent. According to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard, the state’s average positivity rate over 7 days is 4.6%.

The latest COVID-19 vaccine round-up from Hawaii states that 1,744,704 doses of vaccine were administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Sunday, 4,820 more than on Friday. Health officials say 59.8% of the state’s population are now fully vaccinated and 66.3% have received at least one dose.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 2,633 had to be hospitalized, with two new hospitalizations reported in Maui today.

Fourteen hospitalizations in the total statewide are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 2,619 hospital admissions in the state, 2,133 were on Oahu, 311 on Maui, 155 on the Big Island, 14 on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

Correction: There were 14 COVID hospital admissions on Kauai, not 91 as reported in an earlier version of this story.

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