Hawaii reports 120 new coronavirus infections, a total of 20,769

Hawaii health officials today reported 120 new ones Coronavirus Infections nationwide, bringing the total to 20,769 cases since the pandemic began.

The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll remains at 285, with no new deaths reported today.

The official coronavirus-related death toll includes 221 deaths in Oahu, 44 in Hawaii, 17 in Maui, one in Kauai and two Hawaiian residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said Thursday that the Big Island’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 50, but health officials have yet to confirm the coronavirus as a factor in six of those Hawaiian deaths.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll topped 329,000 today, while the number of coronavirus cases across the country was 18.7 million.

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The new statewide cases of infection reported by the health department include 95 in Oahu, 17 in Maui, eight on the Big Island, and none in Kauai. Due to updated information, one Oahu case was removed from the censuses.

Statistics released today reflect the new cases of infection reported to the department on Wednesday.

Separately, the Kauai County Health Department reported two new cases today involving male residents. One case is travel related and the other is community acquired. All active cases are isolated and one case is being hospitalized on Oahu. Close contacts are identified, quarantined and tests offered.

The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the outbreak began is 17,450 in Oahu, 1,856 in Hawaii County, 855 in Maui, 139 in Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 22 in Molokai. There are also 341 residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed outside of the state.

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Hawaii health officials said out of the total number of infections in the state, 1,773 cases were considered active. Health officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state has increased by 40 today.

On the island, Oahu has 1,398 active cases, Maui has 195, the Big Island has 167, and Kauai has 13 according to the latest record. Molokai and Lanai no longer have active COVID cases.

Of all confirmed cases of Hawaii infection, 1,442 had to be hospitalized. Six hospital stays were reported by state health officials today.

Three state hospital stays are residents of Hawaii who have been diagnosed and treated outside of the state. Of the 1,439 hospital stays in the state, 1,268 were in Oahu, 86 in the Big Island, 72 in Maui, seven in Kauai, five in Lanai, and one in Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 data dashboard, a total of 73 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, with 13 in intensive care units and 12 on ventilators.

On October 22nd, Oahu moved to the less restrictive Stage 2 of the four-stage stimulus package of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The mayor’s office says the city is doing a “weekly assessment” to see if Honolulu will move to a different tier every Wednesday with two major COVID-19 numbers. To switch from tier 2 to tier 3, the 7-day average of new cases must be below 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the average 7-day positivity rate on these two Wednesdays must be below 2.5%.

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According to Caldwell, the average number of cases for Oahu today is 99 over seven days and the positivity rate is 4.5%.

On Monday, Caldwell said that new infections among prisoners at the Halawa Correctional Facility are no longer included in his recovery plan metrics. A cluster recently held in prison had increased the number of infections in Honolulu and threatened to send Oahu back to Tier 1, the mayor’s most restrictive four-tier system.

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