Hawaii records 1 new coronavirus-related death, 437 additional infections

Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported a new coronavirus-related death and 437 new confirmed and probable infections nationwide, bringing state totals since the start of the pandemic to 543 deaths and 46,940 cases.

The most recent death occurred on Oahu. There was no immediate further information on recent deaths.

The state’s official coronavirus-related deaths include 417 deaths on Oahu, 62 on Maui, 59 on the island of Hawaii, two on Kauai and three residents of Hawaii who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 617,000, and the nationwide infection rate is more than 35.8 million.

“We really need to lower our number of cases now through Labor Day, otherwise there will be unnecessary and tragic loss of life,” Green said in a Facebook and Instagram post this morning.

Today’s new confirmed and probable number of infections by island include 293 new cases on Oahu, 56 in Maui County, 67 in Hawaii, 16 on Kauai and five Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials have included probable infections in its total number of cases. Likely infections include people who have never received a confirmatory test but are thought 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 onset of the outbreak is 33,701 on Oahu, 5,599 on Maui, 4,880 in Hawaii County, 650 on Kauai, 117 on Lanai and 94 on Molokai. There are also 1,899 residents of Hawaii who were diagnosed outside the state.

Today’s likely infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 1,020 on Maui, 909 on Oahu, 129 on Hawaii Island, 28 on Molokai, seven on Kauai, three on Lanai and 73 residents diagnosed outside the state.

The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Saturday.

Health officials also said today that of the state’s total number of infections, 5,782 cases were considered active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the last 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases increased today by 274.

By island, Oahu has 3,932 active cases, Big Island has 1,124, Maui has 578, Kauai has 135, Lanai has none and Molokai has 13.

Health officials counted 5,508 new COVID-19 test results in today’s figures, at a 7.93% state-wide positivity rate. The state’s average positivity rate of 7 days is 7.3% according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,784,678 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Sunday, an increase of 10,118 as of Friday. Health officials say 60.8% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated and 68.3% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed cases of Hawaii infection, 2,848 have required hospitalizations, with nine new hospitalizations reported today.

Sixteen admissions to the total state census are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,832 admissions to the state, 2,294 have been on Oahu, 336 on Maui, 180 on the Big Island, 16 on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.

The seven-day average number of cases for Oahu is 352, and the seven-day average positivity is 8.0%, state health officials said today.

This news story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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