UPDATED: Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that he is lifting some restrictions because Hawaii has gone two weeks with fewer than six new cases confirmed per day.
One new COVID-19 infection on Oahu and seven recoveries statewide were confirmed by state health officials on Wednesday.
The statewide cumulative case count reached 626 — nearly 90%, or 558 of those cases have resulted in a recovery, according to the Department of Health.
The health department is still monitoring 68 active cases, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
“Many of these people have long left the hospital and are doing well, but we’re still mindful that they could still be infectious,” he said.
To date, 74 people have needed hospital care. One new patient was hospitalized on Oahu on Wednesday.
The state death toll remains at 17. Eleven deaths have been on Oahu and six on Maui.
Ten other Hawaii residents have been diagnosed out of state.
There have been 405 infections confirmed on Oahu, 379 of which have been resolved, including two new recoveries reported Wednesday.
Maui’s cumulative documented COVID-19 case count remained at 116, Hawaii Island’s at 74, and Kauai’s at 21.
Hawaii Island reported four new recoveries on Wednesday, taking its recovery count to 66 out of 74 total cases.
Maui registered one more recovery, taking its recovery count to 93 people of the 116 diagnosed to date. All 21 diagnosed with COVID-19 and verified by DOH on Kauai have recovered.
Those who do not need hospitalization are required to stay in home quarantine for 14 days and qualify to be released from isolation if they have recovered according to federal guidelines.
More than 35,200 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state to date.
On Tuesday, Gov. David Ige announced more businesses would soon be allowed to reopen, such as child care facilities and pet grooming businesses. Oahu’s retail and repair establishments won’t reopen until May 15, and malls will remain closed on Maui for now.
Beaches remain closed for gatherings, but exercise is still permitted on the sand and in the ocean.
On Wednesday Ige said Hawaii’s stay-at-home order is to be considered a “Safer At Home” order.
A record number of unemployment claims have been filed during the pandemic, and the state’s antiquated system has caused some delays.
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