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As the number of new cases has dwindled in recent weeks, public officials have begun to relax restrictions on some businesses, but the state’s stay-at-home order stays in effect through May 31.
Six new recoveries were reported Friday as well. Of the 619 people in Hawaii documented by DOH with COVID-19 infections to date, 532 of them have recovered.
A mandatory 14-day quarantine rule has not kept a few hundred tourists from coming to the islands in recent days.
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The state’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 16, including 11 people on Oahu and five on Maui.
Those who do not require hospitalization but have been exposed or have fallen ill with the coronavirus must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.
To qualify as recovered and become classified by the health department as released from isolation, federal guidelines dictate at least seven days have passed since the patient’s symptoms began and three days have passed since their fever resolved.
Oahu’s cumulative infection count reached 400 on Friday. Oahu reported four more recoveries, marking 368 people released from isolation to date.
Two more people were hospitalized on Maui as of Friday, and DOH continues to monitor the health of 72 people who are hospitalized across the state, including 16 on Maui, 53 on Oahu, and one patient each on the Big Island and Kauai.
Among the other nine Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state, one is hospitalized.
A cluster of 58 infections that began at Maui Memorial Medical Center involve 38 staff and 20 patients who are being monitored by DOH, officials said.
Maui’s documented COVID-19 patient count stands at 116 as of Friday, and no new recoveries were reported. Eighty-four people on Maui have recovered to date.
Two more recoveries were reported in Hawaii County, with state health officials reporting a total of 60 recoveries on the Big Island among the 73 infections cases confirmed by the department to date.
Only one active case of COVID-19 remains on Kauai and the patient is hospitalized. The island has reported no new infections for more than two weeks — 20 of the 21 people diagnosed to date have qualified to be released from isolation.
More than 30,296 people have been tested for the virus to date.
Antibody testing is now underway in Hawaii. Clinical Labs Hawaii began its antibody testing on Thursday, and Hawaii Pacific Health hospital officials announced shortly after that they would offer antibody testing to their employees this week.
A mandatory 14-day quarantine is still imposed on any travelers arriving in the islands. Non-compliance is punishable by a $5,000 fine or jail for both visitors and residents.
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