Hawaii Well being Officers Look at COVID-19 Clusters On Maui and Oahu; 6 deaths of Hawaii residents between the ages of 70 and 109 years

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Hawaii Department of Health officials said Thursday afternoon the five coronavirus-related deaths in Oahu and one in Maui were residents who suffered health conditions when they were hospitalized with COVID-19.

These included a Maui man in their nineties, an Oahu woman in their seventies, another Oahu woman in their eighties and another woman in their twenties, and two Oahu men in their nineties.

Health officials also said 36 of the 179 new infections reported Thursday across the country came from Tripler Army Medical Center.

Meanwhile, health officials are investigating coronavirus clusters on Oahu and Maui. Officials said there have been no clusters in Hawaii County and Kauai Counties being investigated for the past 14 days.

In a weekly COVID-19 cluster report released Thursday, state officials said they examined the following clusters on Oahu within the past 14 days:

>> Prisons (2 clusters and a total of 597 cases)

>> Education attitudes (2 clusters and 9 total cases)

>> Grocery suppliers such as grocery stores, farms and pantries (2 clusters and a total of 30 cases)

>> Restaurants (3 clusters and a total of 29 cases)

>> Other professional settings such as offices, retail stores and first responders (1 cluster and 11 cases in total)

>> Social gatherings such as parties, group meetings, weddings and funerals (1 cluster and a total of 31 cases)

“The Hawaii Department of Health is reminding everyone to continue to adhere to basic safety precautions for COVID-19. Physical distancing from people we do not live with, consistent and appropriate wearing of masks and hand hygiene are still the first line of defense against COVID-19, ”the report said.

In the same report, state officials said they examined the following clusters on Maui in the past 14 days:

>> Bars and Nightclubs (1 cluster and 6 cases in total)

>> Grocery suppliers such as grocery stores, farms and pantries (2 clusters and a total of 31 cases)

>> Restaurants (4 clusters and 35 cases in total)

>> Construction and industry (1 cluster and 3 total cases)

>> Other professional settings such as offices, retail stores and first responders (1 cluster and 10 cases in total)

>> Social gatherings such as parties, group meetings, weddings and funerals (1 cluster and 4 cases in total)

>> Other: Apartment complexes (3 clusters and a total of 108 cases)

In late December, health officials said Maui County had seen an increase in coronavirus clusters associated with residential complexes, affecting Pacific islanders most of all. A total of 108 cases from three different complexes have been identified so far, the state health authorities said in the report.

According to the report, a total of 18 infected people were housed in an unidentified, designated Maui County isolation and quarantine facility. Maui hosted four drive-through coronavirus testing events and 16 on-site testing events held by an unidentified emergency clinic and the National Guard. As a result of the tests, officials registered 112 out of 676 people who tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Factors that contributed to transmission in this cluster included social gatherings where no physical distancing practices were observed and the lack of consistent and proper mask wear. Factors that contributed to the slow spread of disease included providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and outreach, increasing test intake by running food drives at test sites and allowing community members to take recommended preventive measures through isolation and quarantine assistance, and additional all-round Services to be adhered to, “according to the message.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard, a total of 104 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, with 24 in intensive care units and 19 on ventilators.

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Hawaii health officials reported six new coronavirus-related deaths and 179 new infections Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 318 deaths and 23,908 cases since the pandemic began.

Five deaths occurred on Oahu and one on Maui.

No further details were available on the recent coronavirus-related deaths.

The official coronavirus-related death toll for the state includes 249 deaths in Oahu, 45 in Hawaii, 20 in Maui, one in Kauai and three Hawaiian residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said Thursday that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 51, but state officials have not confirmed the coronavirus as a factor in six of those deaths. Hawaii County has not reported any coronavirus-related deaths in the past two weeks.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll was over 386,000 as of Thursday, with the total number of coronavirus cases across the country now topping 23 million.

Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Department of Health include 122 nationals diagnosed in Oahu, 32 in Maui, 13 in the Big Island, one in Kauai, and 11 citizens diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

The statistics released on Thursday reflect the new cases of infection reported to the department on Tuesday.

The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the outbreak began is 19,580 in Oahu, 2,050 in Hawaii County, 1,374 in Maui, 170 in Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 25 on Molokai. There are also 603 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Hawaii health officials said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 2,281 cases were 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 is down by 11 today.

On the island, Oahu has 1,673 active cases, Maui has 416, the Big Island has 163, Kauai has 25, and Molokai has three, according to the state’s latest record. Lanai has no active COVID cases.

The health authorities counted 5,983 new COVID-19 test results in today’s balance sheet, which corresponds to a nationwide positivity rate of 2.99%. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is 3%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Of all confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1,596 had to be hospitalized. State health officials reported 16 new hospitalizations today.

Four state hospital admissions are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 1,592 hospital stays in the state, 1,402 were on Oahu, 92 on the Big Island, 85 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 116 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, including 26 in intensive care units and 22 on ventilators.

State health authorities have started publishing the total number of vaccinations given nationwide. As of Wednesday, the department announced that 40,386 people had been vaccinated since Jan. 9 – including 25,613 in Honolulu County, 4,182 in Maui County, 4,251 in Hawaii County and 2,740 in Kauai County. The vaccination numbers are updated weekly.

Oahu switched to the less restrictive Tier 2 of Honolulu’s four-stage stimulus program on October 22nd. To assess whether Honolulu will switch to a different animal, the city conducts a “weekly assessment” of two COVID-19 key metrics every Wednesday. 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 Rick Blangiardi, Honolulu Mayor, the average Thursday case number for Oahu is 137 and the average positivity rate for 7 days is 4.1%. However, Oahu’s average 7-day case number without inmates is 130, with a 7-day positivity rate of 4%.

On Thursday, Oahu exceeded an average case number of more than 100 days for the first time since the Tier system debuted. Blangiardi said last week that Oahu will remain at Level 2, following former Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who uses metrics that exclude prisoners to determine the status of the level.

This current message will be updated as more information becomes available.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that no clusters have been surveyed in Maui County in the past 14 days. This has been corrected in Kauai County.

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