Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported one new coronavirus-related death in Oahu and 98 new infections across the state, bringing the total to 132 deaths and 12,116 cases since the pandemic began.
No further details were available about the last death.
The Hawaii Department of Health has not yet officially counted about a dozen recent deaths at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, which was home to a large COVID-19 cluster. Hilo Medical Center has reported that 26 of the 28 coronavirus deaths in the Big Island were residents of the nursing home. However, the state has only verified the coronavirus as a factor in 15 deaths on this island.
The Hawaiian government hospital administrators are taking over the management of the state veterans care home from private operator Avalon Health Care in Utah.
New cases of infection in Hawaii today included 91
The official death toll for the state today includes 107 in Oahu, 15 in Hawaii, and nine in Maui, while one lived in Kauai and died on the mainland.
The death toll in the United States is nearly 205,000 today.
The total number of coronavirus cases by county since the outbreak began is now 10,939 in Oahu, 700 in Hawaii County, 388 in Maui County and 59 in Kauai County. There are also 30 residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed outside of the state.
To date, 1,829 infections are considered active cases nationwide, with a total of 10,155 patients classified as “released from isolation” by health authorities, or 84% of those infected. The category counts those infected people who have met the criteria for release from isolation. Officials today reported 29 new releases.
On Saturday, health officials significantly reduced the number of active infections, saying, “The Department of Health has focused on redesigning procedures to maximize the effectiveness of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, including a variety of changes to data systems that are enable this to be more automated and improve the timeliness of data entry and validation. The completeness of isolation release data has been the focus of recent efforts, resulting in a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases currently reported as isolation release from 5,397 to 10,126. “
9,160 patients were released in Honolulu, 584 patients were released in Hawaii, and 355 patients were released in Maui. Kauai has two active infections.
Of all confirmed Hawaii cases, 816 had to be hospitalized. 14 new hospital stays – 11 in Oahu and three in Maui – were reported today.
Two state hospital admissions are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 800 hospital stays in the state, 707 were in Oahu, 52 in Maui, 40 in Hawaii, and one in Kauai.
Lt. Governor Josh Green said today there are 148 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Hawaii. This is one of the lowest coronavirus hospital stays in the state in the past two months. Government officials said there were 48 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units and 31 on ventilators in hospitals in Hawaii on Saturday.
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According to Green, officials counted 1,908 new tests today, with today’s 98 positive results making up 5.1% of the total tests tested.
Of the 293,562 coronavirus tests performed by state and clinical laboratories in Hawaii since the outbreak began, a total of 4.1% were positive.
Oahu’s average seven day caseload needs to stay below 100 and its positivity rate needs to be below 5% for 14 consecutive days to move to the next stage of economic opening. To date, Hawaii has been below both benchmarks for four days in a row.