Oahu today recorded the third-straight day of new triple-digit coronovirus cases, as the state surpassed a total of 20,000 infections since the outbreak began.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet, “While our focus has been around vaccines lately, our matrices are moving in the wrong direction.” “I know we are tired, but we cannot ignore this boom.”
Hawaii health officials today reported 156 new coronovirus infections statewide, ranging from the onset of the epidemic to a total of 20,015 cases.
The state’s official coronovirus-related deaths remain at 281, with no new deaths today.
The official State Department of Health coronovirus-related deaths include 217 fatalities on Oahu, 44 on the island of Hawaii, 17 on Maui, one on Kauai, and two Hawaii residents who died on the mainland.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said today that Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 50. The state’s death toll for the Hawaiian Islands was 44. Health officials have so far verified coronovirus as a factor in the deaths of six Hawaiian Islands.
American coronavirus virus deaths today exceed 315,000, with more than 17.5 million cases of infection since the onset of the epidemic.
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Today’s new statewide infection cases reported by the Department of Health have diagnosed 116 on Oahu, 21 on Big Island, 14 on Maui, four out-of-state Hawaii residents, and one on Kauai.
Figures released today reflect new cases reported to the department through 11:59 pm on Thursday.
Oahu’s case count includes coronavirus infections in prisons. The Department of Air Safety said today that 55 inmates at the Halwa Correctional Facility have tested positive out of 238 tests. In addition, eight employees at the facility also tested positive.
According to a news release, “Growth tests with the assistance of the Department of Health and Hawaii National Guard and the Project Vision Hawaii will continue until there are any new positive cases.”
Health officials counted 6,046 COVID-19 new test results for a 2.58% statewide positivity rate.
The total number of coronovirus cases by island since the outbreak began is 16,876 on Oahu, 1,790 in Hawaii County, 760 in Maui, 137 on Kouai, 106 on Lanai, and 22 on Molokai. 324 Hawaii residents are also diagnosed outside the state.
Hawaii health officials said 1,529 cases are considered active in the state’s total infection count. Health officials say they consider the reported infections in the last 14 days to be “proxy numbers for active cases”. The number of active cases in the state increased by 40 today.
According to the island, there are 1,186 active cases on Oahu, 167 in Maui, 156 on Big Island, 17 in Kauai, and three in Molokai, according to the latest tally.
In all confirmed airborne infections cases, 1,405 required hospitalization, with 11 hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.
There are three hospitals in the statewide count of Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the state’s 1,402 hospitals, 1,235 are on Oahu, 84 on Big Island, 70 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 60 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday afternoon, with 16 in intensive care units and seven on ventilators.
Oahu moved into the less-restrictive Tier 2 of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s four-tiered economic reform plan on 22 October. The mayor’s office says Honolulu will move to a different level, finding two major COVID-19 numbers each Wednesday to find that the city takes a “weekly assessment”. To move from Tier 2 to Tier 3, the 7-day average of new cases must be below 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. In addition, the 7-day average positivity rate on those two Wednesdays should be less than 2.5%.
According to Caldwell, today’s seven-day average case number for Oahu is 95 and the positivity rate is 3.4%.
This breaking news story will be updated when more information becomes available.