Hawaii sees 8 new coronavirus-related deaths and 189 new infections – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported eight new coronavirus-related deaths and 189 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,053 fatalities and 89,014 cases.

The latest deaths included seven on Oahu and one on Hawaii island. No further information was immediately available regarding the latest deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 783 fatalities on Oahu, 144 on Hawaii island, 101 on Maui, 13 on Kauai, one on Molokai, and 11 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 796,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 49.8 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 134 new cases on Oahu, 17 on Maui, 15 on Kauai, 10 on Hawaii island, seven on Molokai, and six Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials have been including probable infections in its total case counts. Probable infections include people who never received a confirmatory test but are believed to have had the virus because of their known exposure and symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 60,356 on Oahu, 11,843 on Hawaii island, 10,164 on Maui, 3,265 on Kauai, 252 on Molokai, and 145 on Lanai. An additional 2,998 Hawaii residents were diagnosed outside the state.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,400 cases were considered to be active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases increased today by 33.

By island, Oahu has 862 active cases, Maui has 209, Kauai has 184, the Big Island has 137, and Molokai has eight.

Health officials counted 8,812 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 2.14% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 1.6%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 75 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 1.8%, state health officials said today.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 2,405,120 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Friday, up 9,014 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 72.6% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 78% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 5,112 have required hospitalizations, with 10 new hospitalizations reported today.

Thirty hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 5,082 hospitalizations within the state, 3,909 have been on Oahu, 615 on Maui, 443 on the Big Island, 100 on Kauai, 10 on Molokai, and five on Lanai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 40 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Friday, with eight in intensive care units and four on ventilators.

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