A record number of new COVID-19 cases were verified by state health officials Wednesday: 98 on Oahu, nine on Maui, and two on Kauai.
Those 109 positive test results came from a pool of about 1,653 test results received Wednesday, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center.
The new cases continue an upward trend Hawaii has documented since last week. The previous highest daily count was 73 new COVID-19 cases registered on Saturday.
Many of the cases are a result of social gatherings at beaches, parks, bars, gyms, workplaces and homes, state Health Director Bruce Anderson said. People have contracted the virus at birthday parties, Father’s Day and July Fourth gatherings, religious functions, business meetings and funerals.
Only 4 of Wednesday’s cases were associated with travel. But a quarter of them were among juveniles under the age of 18, Anderson said. “We’re finding younger people becoming more commonly affected,” he said.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,865 people in Hawaii have tested positive for the virus, at least 1,215 of whom have been released from isolation. As of Wednesday, 61 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 related complications, DOH Director Bruce Anderson said at a press conference Wednesday.
In the past week, 3.1% of people tested for COVID-19 had positive results, according to DOH. The proportion of positive test results has increased steadily, Anderson said, which is cause for concern because it signals that the disease is “widespread” on Oahu. About 6.5% of tests processed within the past 24 hours returned positive.