Two new COVID-19 infections on Maui were reported Tuesday, but none of Hawaii’s other counties had new cases of the virus, the Department of Health announced Tuesday.

On Oahu, where the the vast majority of the state’s COVID-19 cases are, officials reported no new cases for the second day in a row.

But two more deaths related to COVID-19 complications occurred Monday evening, taking the state death toll to 12. The Department of Health announced Tuesday morning that an Oahu man and a Maui man had died. Both patients were older than 65 years and had underlying health conditions.

The Maui man had been hospitalized at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late 2019. His infection is believed by health officials to be related to an outbreak that began at the hospital, which as of Monday had infected 36 medical center employees and 20 patients.

People practice social distancing along the Ala Wai Canal before midday due to Coronavirus concerns. April 10, 2020
The largest proportion of hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been among people older than 60. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

“We are saddened by these additional deaths and the toll the pandemic is taking on the families and friends of those affected,” said Gov. David Ige in a statement.

“This is a serious disease especially for those with pre-existing health conditions and older adults. It is critical that we all comply with the stay at home order, practice social distancing, and continue to wear a mask whenever we go out to protect others.”

The Oahu man had been discharged from an unnamed hospital in March, but his health deteriorated and he died at home.

The two new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed on Maui, and brought that island’s infection count to 110 total. Approximately 60 of those patients have recovered and been released from isolation. Seven people on Maui have been hospitalized, and five have died due to COVID-19 complications.

The infection count on Oahu remained at 385 on Tuesday. Nearly 84% of patients, or 322 people have recovered in Honolulu County. Another 48 have been hospitalized and seven have died.

On the Big Island, the total COVID-19 cases remained at 64. No one in Hawaii County has been hospitalized or died because of the coronavirus, the health department reports. As of Tuesday, 38 people on the Big Island had recovered.

Kauai’s COVID-19 case count remains at 21, where it has stayed for more than a week. Seventeen people on Kauai have been released from isolation and one has been hospitalized. No one has died in Kauai County to date.

Six state residents have been diagnosed out of state. The state’s COVID-19 case count reached 586 patients Tuesday. Approximately 437 of those confirmed with infections have been released from isolation. Non-hospitalized patients meet the recovery criteria to cease self-quarantine if they have not had a fever for at least three days and at least a week has passed since the onset of their symptoms. All have been required to self-quarantine for two weeks to ensure the virus has passed.

Daily case counts reported by DOH fluctuate and come at a lag, depending on when specimens were collected and where they were processed. The median delay time between a patient’s swab sample and the test result report date is three days, according to the department. The confirmed cases reported each day are likely among patients who had symptoms that date back as many as 10 days prior.

DOH receives electronic reports of positive cases and that’s when it initiates an investigation.

As of Monday, fewer than 4% of cases confirmed were among minors — approximately 22 people aged 18 years and younger. None of them have been hospitalized.

The largest proportion of hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been among people older than 60. 

About one-third of all confirmed cases have been in patients between 20 and 39 years old. Six people in that age range have been hospitalized.

According to the health department, about 35% of COVID-19 cases have been among people aged between 40 and 59. Approximately 28% have been 60 years old and older. As of Monday, 35 seniors, six people between 20 and 39 years old, and another 14 people between 40 and 59 years old were hospitalized.

Hawaii’s statewide stay-at-home order began March 25. Arriving travelers must comply with a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine or risk jail time and a fine. Two visitors were penalized on Tuesday for breaking the order. 

Visitors must cover the costs of quarantine themselves.

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