Hawaii recorded two more deaths and 202 more new coronavirus infections today, according to Lt. Gen. Josh Green and state officials.
The two most recent deaths are Oahu men 40-59 years old, at least one of them has an underlying health condition, and bringing the statewide death toll to 38.
On the Honolulu Star Advertiser “Spotlight” this morning, Green announced 202 new cases and said 66 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized. He said the new cases today were the result of 2,726 tests giving a positive rate of 7.4%.
Health officials later confirmed the new case number in a press release and said of the 202 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 infection, 197 were in Oahu, while the islands of Hawaii and Kauai each people had two cases, and Maui reported one.
They report many groups of infections, including five cases in restaurants; “However, each involved a few employees at individual locations and no lines to the customers were identified at this time. An employee at Honolulu Hale is a potential source of transmission for 11 cases among the City and County workers of Honolulu. “
State Director of Health, Dr. Bruce Anderson said in a press release, “The important factor to keep in mind is, community-related infections continue to be responsible for the increase in case of COVID-19 in the past week and a half. Viruses are transmitted through droplets, and that is why it’s so important to wear a mask and look away. We all must continue these and other safe practices ”. The Department is investigating these cases and working with these facilities on quarantine and preventive measures for their staff. There are no risks to the public at this time and no other circumstances apart from the worker. As more information becomes available, it will be shared.
Anderson offered his condolences to the family and friends of four Oahu men whose coronavirus deaths reported Tuesday and today.
The deaths of two of the men, both over 60 years old, were reported Tuesday afternoon but were counted today. Investigations of all the deaths are underway, officials said.
31 coronavirus-related deaths occurred in Oahu, 6 in Maui and one person, a resident of Kauai, died on the mainland.
According to health officials, the total number of coronavirus infections in Hawaii includes 3,558 cases in Oahu, 191 cases in Maui County, 135 cases in Hawaii Island and 51 cases in Kauai County. The total also includes 23 Hawaiian residents diagnosed out of state.
Of the 150,233 coronavirus tests performed by clinical and state laboratories in Hawaii since the onset of the outbreak, about 2.6% showed positive results.
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Adjusted: The total number of coronavirus infections on the island of Hawaii since the pandemic began is 135 to this day. The previous version of this story had a larger number.