Hawaii island reported its first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 64.
State health officials did not include the Hawaii island death in their daily COVID-19 data release on Sunday, but the death was confirmed by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
Because of reporting lags, there’s been a difference in how state and county cases are tallied from the beginning of the pandemic, said Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.
The defense agency reported 39 new cases on Sunday on the Big Island, but state data showed 22 new cases on the island. Civil Beat uses state data for its graphics for consistency and will update the case numbers again tomorrow when additional data is released.
The state data shows 200 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, including four on Maui, 22 on Hawaii island, and 174 on Oahu.
On Saturday, the Department of Public Safety said that an additional 30 inmates and four staff at the Oahu Community Correctional Center had tested positive for the virus. OCCC has the largest identified outbreak in the state.
Officials are closing down the H-3 freeway on Oahu on Tuesday and Thursday to facilitate mass testing for COVID-19. Traffic will be closed in both directions from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on both days and testing stations will be set up inside the Harano Tunnel, Hawaii News Now reports.
Protesters gathered in front of Honolulu Hale on Saturday to voice opposition to the mayor’s recent stay-at-home order, Hawaii News Now reported.