Hawaii has recorded two more deaths and 202 new cases of coronavirus today, according to state officials and Lieutenant Governor Josh Green.
The most recent two deaths were Oahu men between the ages of 40-59, at least one of whom had basic health conditions, health officials said. The death toll across the country is now 38.
The total nationwide case of coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic is now 3,958.
In the Star Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” early this morning, Green announced 202 new cases and said 66 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized. He said today’s new issues came as a result of 2,726 tests for a positive rate of 7.4%.
Health officials later confirmed the new case figure in a news release and said the 202 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19, 197 are in Oahu, while the islands of Hawaii and Kauai each had two, and Maui reported one.
They said there are multiple groups of infections, including five in restaurants; “However, each includes several employees at single locations, and no transfers to customers have been identified at this time. A potential employee at Honolulu Hale is a potential source of transmission for 11 cases of illness between Honolulu City and County workers.”
However, a Honolulu city spokesman said later this afternoon that no case of the virus had been linked to the gathering, which he said was kept out with physical distances and packaged food.
The Director of State Health, Dr Bruce Anderson said in the Department of Health news release, “The important factor to keep in mind is, community-related infections continue to be responsible for the increase in COVID-19 cases in “last week and a half. The virus is transmitted though the dots, and that ‘s why wearing masks and distance is so important. We all need to continue these and other safe practices.” The department is investigating these cases and yes works with these institutions on quarantine and prevention measures for their staff. There is no danger to the public at this time and there are no cases beyond workers. As more information becomes available it will be distributed.
Anderson expressed condolences to the family and friends of the four Oahu men, whose coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday and today.
The deaths of two of the men, both over 60, were reported Tuesday afternoon but were included in today’s charges. Investigations into all the deaths are ongoing, officials said.
Thirty-one coronavirus-related deaths have been in Oahu, six in Maui, and one was a Kauai resident who died on the mainland.
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The Hawaiian coronavirus case includes 3,558 in Oahu, 191 in Maui County, 135 on the island of Hawaii and 51 in Kauai County, according to health officials. In total, 23 Hawaiians diagnosed abroad are included.
To date, 2,255 infections in Hawaii are known to be active cases, with a total of 1,665 patients now classified by health officials as “released from isolation,” or about 42% of those infected. The category enumerates those infected persons who have met the criteria to be released from isolation. The state today announced 38 new release cases, 34 in Oahu and two each in Big Island and Maui.
Of all the confirmed cases in Hawaii, 260 have sought hospitalization, with nine new Oahu hospitals reported today, health officials said.
Two nationwide hospitals are Hawaiians who were diagnosed and treated overseas. Of the 258 hospitalizations within the state, 226 have been to Oahu, 26 to Maui, five to the island of Hawaii and one to Kauai.
From the county, Honolulu has seen 1,345 patients released from isolation, and Maui has had 155 patients released. Hawaii county has 16 active infections, while Kauai has five, according to Department of Health figures.
Of the 150,233 coronavirus tests performed so far by state laboratories and clinics in Hawaii since the outbreak began, about 2.6% have been positive.
correction: The coronavirus case for the island of Hawaii since the start of the pandemic is 135 as of today. An earlier version of this story had a larger number.