HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – On Sunday, the Hawaii Department of Health reported seven COVID-related deaths, all on Oahu.
In a daily email to news outlets, health officials post additional information about the COVID-related deaths, including the island they occurred on, an age group, and whether or not the person was hospitalized. The emails also mention whether the person had any underlying medical conditions but did not say exactly what those conditions were.
Sunday’s email with the breakdown of the deaths was the DOH’s last for the foreseeable future, according to DOH spokesman Brooks Baehr.
“We will continue to report the number of COVID-19-related deaths in Hawaii on a daily basis. However, due to the volume of COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-related deaths, we are no longer able to provide daily information, including the death district, age group of the deceased, hospitalization status, gender, and whether or not the deceased had underlying illnesses . “, Said Boehr.
“This information will continue to be updated every Wednesday in the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division’s data dashboard,” added Baehr.
Hawaii News Now reached out to the department for additional information regarding their decision to end the daily breakdown. We are waiting for an answer.
Despite the daily sending of information on the deaths, the vaccination status of the persons was not included in the information. The DOH repeatedly said that they do not make this information publicly available and that a person’s vaccination status was only revealed through the investigative process.
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