There are 628 new infections and a pair of further coronavirus-related deaths in Hawaii

A day after a one-day record of coronavirus cases was reported, Hawaii today saw 628 new confirmed and probable infections and two coronavirus-related deaths nationwide.

The state’s total since the pandemic began stands at 540 fatalities and 45,245 cases.

“High numbers this Aloha Friday, mostly from deltas circulating among unvaccinated people,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green in an Instagram post. “Stay healthy, enjoy a quiet weekend, and encourage friends and family to attend one of the many vaccination events this weekend.”

Recent deaths included a resident of Oahu and a resident of Hawaii. Both men were in their 70s with underlying health conditions when they were hospitalized with COVID-19, state health officials said in an email.

Hawaii health officials referred to the CDC in defining “underlying diseases” such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, heart disease, compromised immune system from solid organ transplantation, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking and type 2 diabetes.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 424 new cases in Oahu, 64 in Maui, 110 in the island of Hawaii, nine in Kauai, and 21 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.

On Thursday, Hawaii Department of Health officials reported a record of 655 new cases, which they attributed to widespread transmission in the community as well as groups in groups of unvaccinated people. A recently released cluster report cited the spread of the coronavirus among Hawaiians participating in summer volleyball tournaments on the U.S. mainland.

In light of the upward trend in coronavirus cases, Governor David Ige announced on Thursday a mandate for state and county employees to get vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 tests.

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The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the outbreak began is 32,562 in Oahu, 5,428 in Maui, 4,594 in Hawaii County, 595 in Kauai, 117 in Lanai and 81 in Molokai. There are also 1,868 Hawaiian residents diagnosed outside of the state.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 414 deaths in Oahu, 62 in Maui, 59 in Hawaii, two in Kauai, and three Hawaiian residents who died outside of the state.

Infections likely today since the pandemic began include 977 in Maui, 891 in Oahu, 120 in Hawaii, 24 in Molokai, six in Kauai, three in Lanai, and 70 residents diagnosed outside of the state.

Statistics released today reflect the new cases of infection reported to the department on Wednesday.

Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 4,781 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 390 today.

By Island, Oahu has 3,209 active cases, Big Island has 986, Maui has 490, Kauai has 94, Lanai has two, and Molokai has none.

Health officials counted 8,860 new COVID-19 test results on today’s balance sheet, corresponding to a nationwide positivity rate of 7.09%. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is 6.8%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The latest COVID-19 vaccine round-up from Hawaii says 1,774,560 doses of vaccine had been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Thursday, 3,259 more than the previous day. Health officials say 60.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated and 67.8% have received at least one dose.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 2,814 had to be hospitalized, with 11 new hospitalizations reported today.

Sixteen hospitalizations in the total statewide are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 2,798 hospital admissions in the state, 2,275 were in Oahu, 324 in Maui, 177 in the Big Island, 16 in Kauai, five in Lanai, and one in Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data Dashboard, a total of 164 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii as of Thursday, including 30 in intensive care units and 18 on ventilators.

This breaking news will be updated as more information becomes available.

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