Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new coronavirus-related deaths and 972 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing state totals since the start of the pandemic to 1,072 deaths and 92,746 cases.
State health officials said today was the highest single-day number of cases since Sept. 2, when 1,068 COVID-19 cases were reported. The latest wave of COVID-19 cases has been attributed to holiday gatherings, large indoor events, increased travel, relaxed restrictions and the combined ommicron and delta variants spreading in the community, state health officials said today. Meanwhile, health officials today also reported a cluster of 30 COVID-19 cases linked to recent concerts at The Republik nightclub and urged concertgoers to get tested for the virus, regardless of symptoms and vaccination status.
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More information was not immediately available on the latest deaths — one on Maui and another on Kauai.
The official state death toll related to the coronavirus includes 796 deaths on Oahu, 147 on the island of Hawaii, 103 on Maui, 14 on Kauai, one on Molokai and 11 Hawaii residents who died outside the state.
Hawaii Department of Health researchers find out afterwards the vaccination status of every positive case, which is why those statistics aren’t included side by side in the daily counts, officials have previously said.
The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today exceeds 806,000 and the nationwide number of infections is over 50.8 million.
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Today’s new confirmed and probable number of infections by island includes 877 new cases on Oahu, 29 on the island of Hawaii, 38 on Maui, 14 on Kauai and 14 Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.
State health officials have included probable infections in the total number of cases. Possible infections include people who have 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 outbreak began is 63,548 on Oahu, 12,032 on Hawaii Island, 10,337 on Maui, 3,355 on Kauai, 258 on Molokai and 145 on Lanai. There are also 3,071 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed out of state.
Health officials also said today that of the total number of infections in the state, 4,237 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 state’s total number of active cases is up 820 today.
Per island, Oahu has 3,604 active cases, the Big Island has 227, Kauai has 150, Maui has 242, Molokai has 14, and Lanai has none.
The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 6.2%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.
The seven-day average case count for Oahu is 19 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 2.9%, state health officials said today.
According to the latest COVID-19 vaccine summary in Hawaii, as of Friday, 2,453,379 vaccine doses have been delivered through state and federal distribution programs, 6,141 more than a day earlier. Health officials say 73.3% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated and 78.6% have received at least one dose.
Of all confirmed Hawaiian infections, 5,173 required hospitalizations, and 11 new hospitalizations have been reported today.
Thirty hospitalizations in the total statewide number are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated out of state. Of the 5,143 hospitalizations in the state, 3,950 were on Oahu, 620 on Maui, 454 on the Big Island, 104 on Kauai, 10 on Molokai and five on Lanai.
According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, as of Friday, there were a total of 41 patients with the virus at Hawaii hospitals, seven of whom were in intensive care units and five on ventilators.
This latest news item will be updated as more information becomes available.