Hawaii Department of Health officials verified 124 new COVID-19 cases in the islands on Thursday, another daily record number of cases in the islands.
Nearly all new infections were on Oahu, including one case recategorized from Hawaii Island to Oahu. Another four infections were verified Thursday on Maui. Officials say the majority of people who have caught the coronavirus this month caught it in the community, and not from traveling outside of Hawaii.
The number of coronavirus cases recorded by health officials this month has now surpassed the number of infections documented between March and June. Hawaii has registered more than 1,080 cases in July, compared to about 940 in the four months prior.
Restricting operations at bars and also placing a 10-person cap on gatherings, especially at beaches and parks, are some of the things under consideration. Infection clusters are most common after socializing outside of one’s household bubble, DOH officials said.
People have contracted the virus at birthday parties, Father’s Day and July Fourth gatherings, religious functions, business meetings and funerals.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,989 people in Hawaii have tested positive for the virus, at least 1,226 of whom have been released from isolation. And as of Wednesday, 61 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 related complications.