Three new COVID-19 infections were verified among one family on Oahu by state health officials on Wednesday.

Two children and one adult in a family were confirmed to have the disease, Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson said at a press conference.

“We have seven cases associated with this extended family situation,” he said. “The Hawaii Public Housing Authority is providing outreach to this community and we’re following up on this.”

Troy and Miyo Villar keep to CDC guidelines by wearing facemasks while out walking their dogs near the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, HI, Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Ronen Zilberman photo Civil Beat)
Social distancing is credited with helping keep the number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii low. Troy and Miyo Villar keep to CDC guidelines by wearing face masks while out walking their dogs. Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

More details were also revealed about the single case confirmed on Oahu on Tuesday. That person was an “out-of-state resident who was screened at the airport and subsequently tested positive,” according to an online post by the Hawaii State Senate.

Most COVID-19 cases in the state have been among Hawaii residents, who account for 90% of infections.

Among the 638 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state since early March, 563 are considered to no longer have the virus and are qualified to be released from isolation.  Those who qualify to be released from isolation are cleared by health officials after their symptoms subside.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday, and the state death toll remained at 17, including 11 deaths on Oahu and six on Maui.

Oahu has documented the most COVID-19 infections. To date, 414 people have tested positive from the virus — with 376 of them considered not to have the virus anymore and released from isolation.

As of Wednesday, the case count on Maui remained at 117, with 92 people released from isolation.

All 75 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Hawaii County have been released from isolation.  The same is true for the 21 people who had tested positive on Kauai.

No new hospitalizations were reported on Wednesday. To date, 81 people have required hospitalization, but the Department of Health does not indicate in its data how many people are currently hospitalized and how many have been discharged.

More than 37,436 people have been tested in Hawaii to date. Testing capabilities have improved across islands, Anderson said Wednesday.

Seven new private laboratories including two each on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island and one on Kauai have the ability to conduct either diagnostic tests or antibody tests, he said.

Health officials also announced Wednesday they were partnering with the University of Hawaii to train students to assist with contact tracing — the epidemiological method to track the contacts of patients who are infected. As many as 200 could be trained within the next couple of months.

The news comes as state officials have announced relaxations to stay-at-home-orders and given the green light to some businesses to reopen.

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